Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…as the old saying goes! Some brides are making the “something old” the cornerstone of the wedding–her dress! More and more I see brides pulling out Mom’s or Grandma’s gown from the attic and discovering that it’s in pretty good shape, but maybe yellowed, a few dark brown spots, and a few little tears. They come in wondering if, somehow, it may be salvageable?
My answer–most likely! Since each gown is different, has been cleaned (or not cleaned) differently, and has been stored differently–some in boxes with tissue, some in cedar chests, some hanging in the back of Grandma’s closet–they all come with a variety of challenges. But, unless the integrity of the fabric has been seriously compromised (i.e. brittle and crumbly or tearing with little tension), it’s probably a great candidate for restoration and re-wearing.
The restoration process involves removing the oxidation (yellowing) and returning the fabric to its original color and luster. Yes, this is possible and done quite frequently by professionals who know how to handle vintage and age-damaged fabrics. It may also be the most economical choice for the bride, as well. Since each wedding dress differs dramatically, prices may also vary, but usually can start around $399 and up!
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