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How to Store an Heirloom, a Special Occasion Dress, a Memory...

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 10, 2014 2:18:00 PM

 

The pictures are done, the gathering, the ceremony and the party are over.

Here you are, holding a beautiful and special piece you want to keep and take care off. Be this a Christening Gown or Blessing Gown, a Flower Girl dress, or a Wedding Gown. You are thinking they may be other occasions, someone in the family will use it, or your child’s child may wear it in time.

The issue is how to do it? 

Special Occasion and Christening Collections

How to put these special pieces in storage and keep it safe from elements that will damage the dressgown, or romper such as humidity, mildew, moths, etc…

We include with every Special Occasion piece we ship a card with care instructions we thought to share: 

Care & Conservation

Light – Low light levels are preferable for storage. Sunlight and fluorescent light are specially damaging.

Humidity & Temperature – Moist air, (over 60% humidity) warmth & lack of air circulation encourages mold, stains & deterioration. Basements and attics may provide extreme fluctuations in humidity levels, which is to be avoided. Plastic bags can trap humidity & result in mildew.

Insects – Inspect the garment regularly, furniture and carpet beetles & webbing clothes moths are specially attracted to silk.

Materials – Protect the textile piece from direct contact with wood, (avoid cedar chests especially for cotton and linen) ordinary cardboard or metal. Layers of acid free tissue or unbleached cotton muslin can be used to line boxes or containers. Ideally, wash the muslin or change the tissue once a year. Flat storage or rolled in acid free tissue is better than hanging.

 

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If you want more information or details on how to storage your heirlooms safely, we have compiled a list of additional resources you may want.

 

Additional Resources:

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Topics: Bride, Flower Girl Dress, Handmade, Christening Gown, Conservation, Heirloom, Care, Wedding Gown