Heirloom garments need some TLC!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Blog, DLI Publications

vintage girlA tear in an heirloom garment does not mean it is lost forever. Faded colors can be brought back to life and clothing can be restyled to reflect more current fashion trends. In most cases we can help you get your garment back in shape again. If we don’t offer a particular service, we are in touch with someone who can.

Fixing a Hole
Reweaving is the process of repairing a woven fabric by taking existing yarns and mending holes. Often the procedure leaves no trace of the former damage. This specialized service is not normally offered by tailors and seamstresses. It is difficult to make sweeping guarantees with reweaving but it is an option that could work for you.

Dye-ing for Some Color
Just as summers end and roses die, colors fade and leave only traces of their former beauty. Some faded items can be restored to their original brightness, or within a close approximation.

Redyeing a garment will not cover up stains or restore damage due to color loss from bleaches and light fading. Garments made from natural and man-made fibers may be difficult to redye since each fiber type may require the use of a different type of dye. Acetate is also very difficult to redye. Some dyes will only accept natural fibers.

Ripples in the Fabric
In shirts and dresses, pleats are one of those trends that come and go. Some pleats are mechanically installed, meaning they need to be kept up or they will flatten over time.

Many factors can lead to pleat loss. Fear not, depleted pleats can be reconstructed and restored at little cost and no risk to the garment. The opposite is also true: if your pleats are giving you the blues, you can have them removed.

Altering the Fabric of Your Wardrobe
Alterations come in handy when you lose or gain weight, or wish to change the style of a garment. We can alter the shape, size, and fit easily. We can also change hem sizes, replace zippers, add trim, or anything else you wish.

Easy Upholstery Solutions
Upholstery can be replaced or repaired, granting your furniture an extended lifetime. Sometimes, upholsteries of all kinds can be mended to a like-new appearance, thereby saving a great deal of money in replacement costs.

Heirloom Preservation
Historic and antique items are often irreplaceable. Unfortunately, time wears them away. Just moving an object from one place to another can cause wear and tear.

Our specialists can help your timeless items make it farther into the future. For example, many wedding gowns have been brought back to life for a bride, sometimes many generations later than the original owner.

Sadly, with restoration there are few guarantees. But we can give you a good estimate of potential success for your project.

Sometimes buying new isn’t really worth it. If you have something you’d like to keep, alter or restore, we’ll be happy to help.

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