Post # 1
I am planning to wear my mother’s vintage lace and tulle veil from 1974, and while it was well preserved, it has yellowed a bit over the years. It has thick lace around the edges, as well as lace appliques throughout. The hat would also come out and be replaced by a simple comb.
The veil was off-white to begin with (not sure if it was a true ivory or a bit darker), however it is a bit darker now than it should be. Any suggestions on how to clean this? I am hesitant to use bleach, especially with the non-white coloring to begin with and the age of the fabric. We were recommended by a bridal consultant to use Ivory bar soap in the bathtub, but not sure about this either. Seems like people also tend to leave christening dresses out to dry in the sun for lightening as well?
Here is what the veil looks like with one of my potential dresses where you can see the color difference.
I may be wearing this dress, or the Casablanca 1827 (veil also pictures with that in this post: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/final-contenders-which-dress)
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Post # 3
@mmwar: I actually like the color difference! It is a beautiful veil, btw, I wish my mother had something similar! I googled antique veil restoration, and it appears there’s a place in NYC that might be able to help: http://bridalveilfallsnyc.com/restoration/
Post # 4
@mmwar: Last summer I needed to get some dark spots out of a linen table cloth, and I was super reluctant to try this at first, but I had very good luck spritzing the stains with lemon juice and letting them sit out in the sun. You might try that with the veil – you could use a lemon-juice-and-water solution if you were skittish about going with pure lemon juice, at least at first until you see how much it lightens.
But I’ll also echo the other post and say I wouldn’t worry too much about the color difference. In the photos, at least, it’s basically imperceptible. It’s easy to get carried away obsessing over details (believe me, I know!) but your veil is going to look lovely even if it is a tad darker than you expected.
Post # 5
I do not have any words of wisdom for correcting the color but I did want to tell you that I think your mother’s veil is just beautiful!!!!
Post # 6
UPDATE: Mostly for anyone looking for help with this in the future. I washed the veil this weekend and it came out great. I used Ivory Snow detergent (it’s supposed to be gentle) and soaked it in hot water in the bathtub for about 45 minutes. Ultimately I just didn’t feel comfortable with lemon juice or bleach or anything else like that.
The lace definitely got lighter, although of course I didn’t think to take before and after pictures against white paper until it was already soaking. I don’t think the color of the tulle really changed, however I really am not worried about it since the tulle is see through. The only down side of soaking was that the lace was no longer pressed so I will need to press or steam it closer to the wedding. But it also made evident a few small tears in the lace that I was able to repair easily, which was excellent as we’re still 8 months out so stress free, and I don’t have to worry about weak spots in case someone accidentally steps on it. Hope this helps someone in the future, and thanks to everyone who gave advice (and compliments)!