Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration: Repairing

This is the second video in a little series I am documenting with the restoration of my Grandmother Elise’s dress. Watch the first video to see how I have cleaned it to restore it’s whiteness. The main thing I want people to take away from these videos is that vintage gowns do not have to be kept stored in a box.

Something Old & Something New

If you have an old dress from a family member or from a period you love, it is an amazing sentiment to restore it and where it again for your own wedding.¬†Another reason for restoring a gown would be to keep it for future generations when it has already been stored (and perhaps not very well). This is my reasoning for Elise’s gown, it’s a great historical piece for me and my business and I want to make sure it stays that way. In the next two videos I will be detailing the process of alteration (or re-design) and then how to properly archive a wedding gown. Exciting stuff!

Repairing

When I receive a vintage gown I immediately assess any damage that can be repaired. This is usually anything that restricts the function or look of the dress. With my Grandmothers there were really only two: the zipper, and a tear in the crinoline (which I will need to fix with an alteration later on)!

This video show how I have fixed a worn out zipper and sewing it back into the dress in it’s original state. You may be asking, why not just replace it with a brand new zipper? Well, they don’t make zippers like they do nowadays. This one is metal and otherwise in decent shape. When I thought about giving it a new, plastic zipper I thought it would make the dress less vintage and I’m trying to keep it as original as possible.

I think it turned out great and will last for years to come.