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Restore – Restyle – Reuse

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in General, Heirloom Garment Restoration | 1 comment

Restore – Restyle – Reuse

There’s more than one reason to wear a vintage, heirloom dress! But certainly most people do so for the sentimental value the dress has. We recently restored and restyled this lovely communion gown to be used for a third generation. After restoring the color, we needed to find a way to bring it into the 21st century. The hemline was let down to add length to the gown, but unfortunately we couldn’t press out the permanent fold line left behind. So we covered the hemline with some trim instead. Darling! Still wanting to add some more length, we found some similar nylon organza and...

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Get the Facts on Wholesale Wedding Gown Care

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in General, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation | 0 comments

Get the Facts on Wholesale Wedding Gown Care

Behind just about every dry cleaner’s counter are a number of preservation boxes with wedding gowns inside. But that does not mean that the wedding gown was cleaned at that shop.  In fact, many local dry-cleaners do not clean and preserve wedding gowns in their own shop, but choose to send their customer’s bridal gowns out to wholesale dry-cleaners. Wholesale dry-cleaners provide a service for local cleaners who don’t want to worry about damaging those expensive wedding gowns, or taking all of the the space in their dry-cleaning machines.  Some wholesale cleaners...

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Which Bridal Gown Preservation Method is Best?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation | 2 comments

Which Bridal Gown Preservation Method  is Best?

One question our customers frequently ask is “Which method of wedding gown preservation is best – hanging or box?” Our standard answer is “Hanging preservation” if you have closet space. This answer comes from understanding the goals of wedding dress preservation. The word “preservation” can be confusing. For instance, one definition common in the English language is the term used for the preservation of food. To preserve a can of peaches the oxygen is removed allowing the fruit to be edible for much longer. But “preservation” is also the word used to describe the efforts...

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Museum Method™ Strapless Gown Preservation

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation | 0 comments

Museum Method™ Strapless Gown Preservation

A question we are often asked is how do we preserve strapless wedding gowns with Museum Method™ (hanging) wedding gown preservation? Or what about a gown with thin spaghetti straps, or straps made of delicate fabric? Are those small straps supposed to bare the weight of the whole wedding gown? Excellent questions… Gravity – it’s very useful for keeping us all on the ground, but not very helpful for storing textiles. If you are like most people, you have probably had a sweater or two ruined by hanging on wire hangers. Which is why you now always hang sweaters from...

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Warm Winter Wedding Dresses

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in General, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Warm Winter Wedding Dresses

It’s January and it’s cold outside, unless of course you live below the equator. But for those up north it’s a cold, cold month. If you happen to be planning a winter wedding , please consider your comfort! Most brides think only of how gorgeous their wedding dress is. But, you may really enjoy some outdoor photos, even in winter so warm winter wedding dresses are something you should consider. My daughter was married in December 2016 a day after a terrible snowstorm. It was sooo cold outside (about 9 degrees), but some of their outdoor wedding photos are...

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Ellen Wears Heirloom Wedding Dress

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in General, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Ellen Wears Heirloom Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Ellen Dement This wedding dress was worn by my grandmother, Jeweldine, in July 1955. She purchased it at a department store in Athens, Georgia, for about $100. She’s kept it in her cedar chest wrapped in a plastic bag ever since. My grandmother’s wedding gown was restored by Heritage Garment Preservation and worn by myself at my wedding on August 25, 2018. I’ve always wanted a dress with lace sleeves like hers, and I’d looked at a few bridal stores without success. My mother suggested trying on my grandmother’s, and amazingly it fit...

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Katherine’s Wedding Dress Capped with Grandmother’s Headpiece

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Katherine’s Wedding Dress Capped with Grandmother’s Headpiece

Katherine wore this Luly Yang “Spring Glow II,” ball gown style wedding dress when she married Mark Caldwell at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, in Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2016. Her reception was at the Inglewood Gold Club, in Kenmore, Washington. She purchased her wedding dress at Luly Yang, in Seattle, Washington. It is made of ivory silk charmeuse and has a ruched criss-cross bodice and box pleated skirt. The veil is a Jennifer Leigh Veils, “Audrey”, and is cathedral-length, with fine edge trim (also purchased at Luly Yang. Katherine’s headpiece is an...

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Exquisite 1930s Vintage Wedding Dress Replica

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Exquisite 1930s Vintage Wedding Dress Replica

By Toni Urban My dress was a replica of a vintage 1930s gown that I was enamored with, but was too stained and fragile to be worn (see picture at bottom of page.) Now that I look back, maybe I just should have sent it to your team for restoration! I took a few photos to Rebecca Schoneveld, a bridal designer based out of Brooklyn, NY, as she already had a few beautiful bias-cut silk dresses in her collection and I knew she and her team would do an incredible job.  And you can see she really did; she also added a train, and buttons down the back, for the perfect 1930’s...

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Wedding Dress Preservation Conservator Interview

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation | 0 comments

Wedding Dress Preservation Conservator Interview

Do you have questions about wedding dress preservation? Such as what is the proper way to store your wedding gown? What is better for wedding dress preservation, tissue or muslin wrapping? Which box is better, buffered or unbuffered for wedding gown preservation? Does cedar offer any protection for textiles? What in the world is lignin anyway? We recently asked some these questions to Margaret Geiss-Mooney, our expert textile conservator. She is the textile expert that assists us when we have questions and to ensure that our treatments and preservation materials are all museum quality. Here...

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Wow! Catie Transforms Mom’s Wedding Dress

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Wow! Catie Transforms Mom’s Wedding Dress

By Karen B. I was the first person to wear this wedding dress. I purchased it in Virginia in 1985 for my wedding in August of that year. The veil was a family heirloom and was 100 years old at that time. I tried to match the color and the lace of the veil when I selected my wedding gown. My daughter Catie M. 30 years later decided to re-purpose my wedding dress for her wedding in September 2015. We had the dress completely taken apart and reassembled in a more modern silhouette. We were lucky to work with a talented seamstress who could execute my daughters vision....

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