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« on: May 29, 2007 08:23:47 AM »

i have this vintage dress of my mother's.   it was her graduation dress (early 60's).  at one point my older sister added a product called "baubles" to the bust that left a residue.  i thought of covering it with those swarowski crystals not exactly my syle but it would work!).  another other ideas?   plus the whole whole dress needs to be cleaned, should i just wash it by hand sent it to a cleaner?  it feels silky but i dont know the fabric and it was custom made with no tag.  and what about this fold?   maybe  there was a a ribbon from the bow?  i'd love other input!!  on the 15th there's a fudraiser called "the prom for all" and i was hoping to wear it,


« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007 10:29:35 AM »

Do you like the color? I think if you were to try to dye it (not sure if the fabric would take the dye or not) it might make the spots a bit darker and it would look like it was made that way? I agree that the crystals would work, or those tiny little flowers, or maybe like some chain like they sell in the ribbon area, you could sorta drap it and then sew it so it covers the spots.

I personaly would hand wash it unless you have a cleaner you can trust and ask them what they think.

Is that the only fold? Or are the other areas folds as well?


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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007 12:16:02 PM »

that is the only fold. 
i hadnt thought to dye it.  i'll probably keep it white. 
the ribbon roses are a good idea!
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2007 01:22:05 PM »

If you like lace, you could find some and applique it over the dots.  Also, if you wanted to keep it white, you could put a white ribbon on the waist, and if you wanted to keep the whole lace them going, you could stitch lace over the fold instead of a ribbon.  It's a beautiful dress!  If there's a bit of material inside (like a facing or something) you can try dipping that in water to see if it shrinks or discolours.  Most DryClean only clothes can be washed by hand, and then laid flat to dry.  Good Luck!

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