Heirloom Garments

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A Lifetime of Creation: Carol’s Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Do It Yourself, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Lifetime of Creation: Carol’s Wedding Gown Story

by Carol Mann I learned how to sew when I was 12 years old. I had an interest in fashion very early and wanted to attend design school. When I was in high school I made my prom dresses with my mom. Many years later, when I was 28, I attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. I got an AA Degree in Fashion Design. After graduating I started working freelance as a stylist and costumer for film and commercials. I made this wedding gown in May 1989 and finished it in June 1989 shortly before my wedding. It is a copy from Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 2 from...

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Janice’s Wedding Dress Story: Reopening a Box of Memories

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Janice’s Wedding Dress Story: Reopening a Box of Memories

by Janice I bought this dress in 1987 after trying on dozens of other dresses. I saw the dress in Vanity Fair magazine and hunted down a store that carried it. The store was in Atlanta, Georgia, and I traveled about two hours, from Chattanooga, Tenn., to see it. I immediately fell in love with it and bought it on the spot. The one change was that I had them add three feet on the train.  After the ceremony, I had the cleaners put it into a preservation box and did not see the dress again for more than 27 years. About six months ago, with my 22-year-old daughter home for the weekend, I...

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Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

By Grace The dress belonged to my paternal grandmother, for whom it was custom made in Rochester, NY, in 1951. Unfortunately, my grandmother doesn’t recall the name of the shop that designed and made it for her, and it has no tags. I’ll be the second person to ever wear it (as my grandmother only had one daughter, who had her own dress). It originally had a full crinoline and veil with it  as well, but they have been lost over time. After my grandmother wore it, she had it cleaned and my grandfather built her a waterproof storage box to keep it in. The dress followed them across...

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Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

by Lisa THE GOWN: Purchased at Curvaceous Couture. THE VEIL: My mom made the antique gown into the veil. THE WEDDING: Cambridge,  Maryland. THE STORY Lisa fell in love with the first gown she tried on.  The intricate beading was perfect; the English net ballgown skirt was gorgeous.  She wanted to incorporate her mother’s heirloom gown somehow, but the antique lace was far too fragile to even consider wearing. Her mother is an avid and talented  designer, sewer and quilter, and made a gorgeous chapel length veil that will now be preserved for the next generation. After the wedding...

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Out of the attic and through the generations: Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Out of the attic and through the generations: Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

By Julie The dress was originally my Aunt Gina’s (dad’s sister), and she bought it in 1980 in Tucker, Georgia. Here she is as the original owner: When my parents got married in 1983 my mom borrowed the dress from her, and I grew up seeing pictures of the dress and always loving the lace sleeves and beautiful cap veil. Here are my parents at their wedding: When my aunt passed away in 2004, my mom inherited the dress, and when I got engaged in 2013 I thought I might want to wear it, too. I tried on other dresses just to be sure, but nothing compared to the reaction I...

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87 Years, 1 Veil

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

87 Years, 1 Veil

     What mother hasn’t dreamed about the day that she can pass on her wedding dress to her daughter? Although that thought crosses every married woman’s mind, when that day finally comes, the bride-to-be prefers a more subtle “something borrowed” for her big day. For one family, that dream of all dreams came true– for three generations and 4 brides! Walter Ungerbuehler and Palmira Klaproth were married in June of 1928. Her exquisite veil is prominently pictured here (above), obviously an important staple piece of Palmira’s wedding garb. 22 years...

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Lindsey’s Wedding Dress Story: A Piece of the Past

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Lindsey’s Wedding Dress Story: A Piece of the Past

by Lindsey Rideout, formerly Lindsey Dunn Davis Rideout and I (Lindsey Dunn, now Lindsey Rideout) got married on June 20, 2015 in South Philadelphia. In lieu of a traditional bridal party we had our siblings stand up front with us during the service, our brothers as the groomsmen and his sister as my bridesmaid. It was the most special day of our lives. I got my dress from Bijou Bridal in Ardmore, PA. It was designed by Stefan Jolie. It is a much larger dress than I ever pictured wearing, but it looked as special as I wanted our wedding day to feel. The bonnet was given to me as a gift at my...

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One Step Closer…

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in General, Heirloom Garments | 0 comments

One Step Closer…

 Day two of wedding weekend took us to a small and simple wedding in San Diego; my boyfriend’s step brother and his childhood sweetheart were married by the groom’s grandfather. Close friends and family members gathered in excitement as they watched these two young lovers vow to love and care for each other for the rest of their lives. The wedding was every bit a fairy tale. The bride, blonde and slender, wore a beautiful and flowing lace gown. The groom, a marine, donned his blues. They had been waiting for this moment for years. As children they met through family friends and...

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Marine Retires and Preserves Uniform

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in General, Heirloom Garments | Comments Off on Marine Retires and Preserves Uniform

Marine Retires and Preserves Uniform

We are usually all about wedding gowns, but once in a while we have the opportunity to work on other heirloom garments. We care for christening gowns, communion gowns, and occasionally uniforms. We had a great time working on this uniform for retiring Marine Erin Parks.  We put a lot of  effort into this uniform because we know what it means to her as a momento of her service to our nation. Erin’s cap required quite a bit of care. It was different than wedding gown cleaning.  It had make up on the inside rim, and the visor was sun damaged.  We used professional chemicals to spot...

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Third Generation Communion Dress Restoration

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in General, Heirloom Garments | 2 comments

Third Generation Communion Dress Restoration

When we received this communion dress it was very yellow but I fell in love with it immediately. The dress was originally worn by Pamela Voisard in 1959 for her First communion.  It was later worn in 1988 by her daughter Roxann.  And now Pamela’s granddaughter Layne will wear the dress in early May. Pamela was very eager to have the dress finished right away so she ordered Priority (rush) service in order to have the gown back a.s.a.p. We received the gown on Monday, cleaned, restored it and shipped it back a week later. This darling dress is 53 years old, and the bodice was...

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