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The cleaning and restoration of a 57 year old christening gown

Top right cornerWe received this Alfred Leon christening gown and slip from a client who lives in Maine. And here's the interesting part: she discovered that this gown was her very own christening gown.

Apparently, her mother had stored it away in some type of cardboard box many years ago and the box had never been opened since that time.

Both the gown and the slip had yellowed over time and many of the sugar-based stains had turned brown. In addition, water had penetrated the box over the years and those water stains had manifested themselves as "Tide rings" when the fabric dried.

So what were the prospects for a complete restoration to original condition?

You can judge that for yourself by viewing the before and after photos that appear below.


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