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From: echogram
Date: 01-11-2005, 01:56 AM (1 of 5)
I just found this site while searching the net for info on caring for my silk baby dress that is nearly 60 years old. (which is the antique, me or the dress?) I'd like to display it in some way. It has no dirt, mildew, etc., but is frayed at the seams and wrinkled. Dare I press it? Are there professionals to do this sort of thing? I've read so much good stuff on this site that I thought someone would have some ideas for me.
User: echogram
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 2
From: DorothyL
Date: 01-11-2005, 07:26 AM (2 of 5)
I'd take it to a professional and have it framed with archival materials. It is gonna be expensive. Don't cut corners by taking it to one of the box craft stores. With something like that the materials used to frame it could do more damage than not.
You would want to get it ready yourself or take it to a really good cleaner before it goes to the framer unless they specialize in this type of thing.
Perhaps you can find a good antique dealer near you that can give you advice on preservation and reliable professionals in the area.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: MaryW
Date: 01-11-2005, 08:11 AM (3 of 5)
Hi echogram, welcome to Sew Whats New. :Canada:

I agree with Dorothy, you have a real treasure there. Please take it to a professional to be framed. I wouldn't let it out of my sight at a dry cleaners though. I will see if I can find anything else out for you. :up:
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: mamadus
Date: 01-11-2005, 06:02 PM (4 of 5)
funny that this topic came up... I just cleaned out my mom's hope chest to give it to my dd and found what I believe was my mom's christening gown, so it is about 68 years old...(my mom passed away 10 years ago so I can't ask her to confirm) I was wondering exactly what to do with it... I'll be anxious to hear if any of you have any additional suggestions...

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User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: echogram
Date: 01-11-2005, 07:17 PM (5 of 5)
:Canada: Many thanks Mamadus, Mary W and Dorothy L for your comments. Perhaps a museum will recommend a professional. You've convinced me to go ahead properly. The neat thing is that I can remember wearing it at age 3 and remember all the ladies bending down to look at the embroidery work down my front! Thanks again.
User: echogram
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 2
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