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Last Monday we had the honor of being featured on WCCO
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Care Label Guide

 Ever wonder what those crazy symbols on your tags are? Our production crew is staffed with experts that have the garment tag language down. A lot of the time the symbols are meant for your dry cleaner to know how to handle your garments. However, some of them can help you with your home laundry too. Print this out and keep it by the washer to ensure your items get cleaned properly!

 

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Wedding Dress Design & Alterations

The season of fancy dresses, dancing all night, chicken dinners and green beans, romance and wine is fast approaching.  That’s right, it’s almost wedding season – are you ready?

If you’re looking for quick alterations for your fancy dress, or need to get that bridesmaid gown ready for the upcoming wedding, we can help!  Enter Treasured Garment Restoration’s Wedding Dress Designer and Alterations specialist, Darcy Zeppernick, featured yesterday in the Pioneer Press!

“Zeppernick has worked with many brides to restore, update and redesign vintage wedding gowns. Updates can include removing the sleeves, reducing the neckline and adding things like buttons or a sash. Other options include using fabric from the existing gown and incorporating it into a new dress. Existing fabric can be made into a bodice or used as trim.

“We can do nearly anything the bride wants,” Zeppernick says. “We try to figure out what it is about the gown that they like and what they would like to change.” ”

Read the entire article here.

One of Darcy Zeppernick's Wedding Dress Designs - 1920's Inspired.

One of Darcy Zeppernick’s Wedding Dress Designs – 1920’s Inspired.

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Choosing the Right Style Wedding Dress

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When the time approaches to go wedding dress shopping its important to do your homework. Wedding dress lingo can often be confusing. That’s why we’re here to give you a few of the basics you need to know going into the store.  Here’s our tips:

First, we have the Trumpet silhouette. This is a form fitting bodice that hugs the hips and begins to flare out about mid thigh. This is a very common trend that is fabulous for women with straight figures. The trumpet will help dramatize the curves of your silhouette. It is also very similar to the Mermaid with the only major difference being where the flare starts. With the mermaid the flare begins right at the knee so it  is a bit more drastic.

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The A-line, also sometimes called princess, is one of the more universal styles for brides. This style looks good on almost all body types which is why it is so popular. This style starts with a fitting bodice that begins to flare are the waist. One of the major benefits of this style is the level of comfort you have with the dress not being as constricting after it flares.

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A-line

The Ball Gown Silhouette is very similar to the a-line. However, with the ball gown style we have a much larger skirt. Both the ball gown and a-line styles define the waist more than the other styles. This style can be really fun because it leaves room for layers or a dramatic design.

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Ball Gown

Another style we see is the Empire. This style is almost completely defined by the waist line. The dress drapes the body in a way that makes the bride look taller. This style is also thought of to be one of the most comfortable styles to go with and looks good on all body types.

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Empire

Another, more sleek and form fitting version of the empire would be a Sheath dress. Sometimes you might hear this one refereed to as the column dress as well. The sheath dress hugs the curves and is often made of lighter fabrics.

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Wedding Dress Alterations

 

Finding the right seamstress is the most important part of altering your wedding dress. Luckily, Treasured Garment Restoration and St. Croix Cleaners have highly experienced seamstress within our company that specialize in Wedding gowns alterations. From recreating your mother’s gown to a simple hem, our team wants to make your dress fit perfectly on your big day. Here are some things to keep in mind about getting your dress fitted…

 

  1.  Finding the perfect fit when wedding dress shopping can be tricky. If you can’t find that perfect fit, it is safer to go too big than too small. With alterations we can always take a dress in but adding material is difficult and you can only let a garment out so much. Take caution though, because if the gown is too big, the proportions may look odd if it’s over altered
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  2. When going in for a fitting be sure to bring your accessories. This includes shoes, jewelry and any other garments you plan on wearing with your dress. Shoes especially because it can affect the length at which your dress will sit.
  3. Your last fitting should be within 2-3 weeks of your wedding date. This is to ensure that anybody changes are taken into account in the final fitting so your dress will fit the same the day you walk down the aisle.

 

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Ways To Prevent Color Fade and Wear On Your Clothes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you ever have items that seem to fade and wear out in certain parts of the garment? This is often due to wear over time. Certain fabrics such as cotton, linen and ramie are more susceptible to this kind of wear. It also depends on your lifestyle and the quality of the item itself. Unfortunately, their is no way to prevent this. But, their are ways to prevent the wearing out and loss of color on your items and we’re here to share a few helpful tips with you!

 

  1. Wash darks with darks, and lights with lights. Though this may seem to be common sense to some, many people mix loads. This is a leading cause of fading in both dark and light colored garments. The best way to prevent this is doing separate loads.

  2. Do not stuff the washer. We know that doing separate loads may be time consuming. But in the best interest of your clothes, it is important to not over stuff the washer. Your items will not get cleaned properly and it also leads to  more time in the dryer which leads to our next tip…
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  3. Don’t spend all day drying your clothes. The more you over stuff the washer, the more you over stuff your drying, the more time it needs to fully dry. Too much time in the dryer is bad for fabrics. It can cause the color to fade and wear out. The clothes need to  move freely in the dryer.
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5 Bridal Gown Trends for 2014

              Here at Treasured Garment Restoration, we’re excited for some of the new wedding gown trends of 2014. We found something old, something new, and even something blue trending for this years brides to be.

1. Cap Sleeves

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Cap sleeves can often help create an illusion neckline. It is a great way to keep your dress sophisticated but also add a touch of  flirtation. Another perk of having cap sleeves is you can spice up the sleeves with beading or any other adornments.

2. Shorter Length

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Wearing a shorter dress on your wedding day gives you the opportunity to show off the amazing shoes you bought that often go unnoticed with a longer gown. Plus, if you’re having a outdoor wedding, a shorter dress is easier to keep clean throughout your special day.

3. Descending Roses

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Flowers have always been a must at every wedding. Now, we’re seeing brides continue the theme through their gowns.
Having roses descending down the dress can give your dress a fun and flirty touch while still keeping it elegant.

4. Laced Sleeves

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Laced sleeves are a classic for any bride of any season.
Even Duchess Kate Middleton wore this stunning Alexander McQueen with laced sleeves down the isle in 2011.

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5. Pop of color

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If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, try looking at colored dresses! We’ve seen this trend before with Elizabeth Taylor and Kaley Cuoco. Having a colored wedding dress is an excellent way to spice up your walk down the isle and show off your unique style.

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8 Steps to Re-Design A Vintage Wedding Dress

So you’ve received the heirloom wedding dress from your mother and have thought about wearing it.  But wait.. it doesn’t fit!  Or perhaps the style is just a bit out-of-date for your liking? Don’t completely turn down the dress yet – you might still be able to wear it, and make it your own!

Many brides these days are turning to vintage wedding dresses from their mother or grandmother.  It’s become a big trend over the last few years, and only continues to increase!  Think about it – wearing a special gown that embodies the strength, wisdom and compassion of the women in your family down the aisle on one of the biggest days of your life.  But where do you even start if this is something you just *might* be thinking about?

We’ve put together 8 Simple Steps to Redesigning Your Mother’s Vintage Dress to give you a better idea of what the process looks like!  The entire process can vary in the time it will take to fully complete your dress, and really depends on the amount of changes you are wanting to make, but it’s a good idea to start around 9-12 months out.

1. Is There a Possibility?

The first step is to bring the vintage gown to us so that we can determine whether there is even a possibility for you to redesign and wear it!  We’ll examine the fabric, beading, lace, examine any stains, and how it has been handled and preserved through the years (ie, was it placed in a box, or in a pile on the floor of a closet?). Depending on the gown’s age, we may need to work with our vintage restoration department to clean and restore it before working with it.  Sometimes the entire gown can be worn, other times, only parts of the gown or certain fabrics are able to be used for your gown.

2. Let Our Designer Get to Know YOU!

Darcy, our Wedding Gown Designer, would love to learn more about you, your likes, dislikes, things you are drawn to, so that she can get a better idea of what you might like.  This step usually includes sending Darcy pictures of other dresses you like – whether it’s parts of a dress (ie. the neckline, or a certain type of beading).  It can also help to share a Pinterest board with Darcy and some of your overall ideas for the wedding, pictures of architecture or places, or any beautiful images that you really feel drawn to!  Darcy is then able to draw a few sketches and come up with some ideas for transforming the gown into something you would love.

3. Meeting #1 – Talk Design and Take Measurements

Next, you’ll set up a second meeting with Darcy to see what she has come up with.  She’ll usually have a few ideas and options for how she thinks you would love the gown to look.  You can then edit the designs from there and talk more about your preferences.  During this meeting, Darcy will take your measurements as well.

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4. Show Actual Changes on the Vintage Dress

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Once the final design is agreed upon, Darcy will use your measurements to mark up the vintage dress to show where changes will be made.  This could include safety pins, bits of fabric, or ribbon to show the changes.  At this time, the dress will be altered a little to fit your earlier measurements – this could mean the dress might get cut in certain areas, but not always.

 

 

 

 

5. Meeting #2 – First Fitting

You’ll set up another meeting with Darcy to come in and see the dress as it is marked up.  You will try on the dress to make sure the measurements are accurate and that everything is lined up in the correct locations.  This is the moment when you can begin to really visualize and see the dress becoming YOUR dress!

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6. Sewing

This is where Darcy begins to sew your gown – to place lace or fabric in different places, and to fit the dress perfectly for you.  Throughout this period, she may be in contact with you for minor tweaks or other measurements.  This is your dress, and you want it to be fabulous!

7. Final Fitting

At your final meeting with Darcy, you get to see the final result!  You are able to try on your dress, make sure it fits, and to show it off to all your best girlfriends!  If there are any minor tweaks to be made, we make sure to leave a little time to complete them.

8. It’s Wedding Time!

Once your gown is complete, we press it to perfection, and give it to you for your big day!  You are going to look beautiful!

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Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses

Looking to sell your used Wedding Gown?  Perhaps you found a different gown before the wedding that you liked better – now what should you do with the old one?

We realize that not every bride wants to preserve their wedding gown – in fact, a growing number of brides are reselling their wedding dresses in hopes to share their beloved dress with another bride.  This also benefits soon-to-be brides looking for the perfect wedding gown, at a better value.

So where to sell your used dress?  Where to buy a pre-owned gown?  Visit preownedweddingdresses.com –  and explore the possibilities!

As a seller: we recommend cleaning your gown after the wedding and before selling it – you can achieve a better resale value.

As a buyer: we recommend trying it on, and working with a seamstress to alter the gown to truly fit you.  It’s pretty amazing how good alterations can really make the gown your own.

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