Post # 1
So I have decided not to sell the beautiful shantung silk and chantilly lace flower that was handmade for my dress (see picture below) and instead preserve it. It’s not dirty and does not need to be dry cleaned, but I’m wondering if there is a way to preserve the fabric so that it doesn’t discolor over time. The dry cleaners told me they could not preserve it because it wasn’t big enough (?), so I’m looking for a cheap way to preserve it myself. Any ideas? Disclaimer: I am not creative and have no idea what I’m doing, haha!
Post # 3
So you’re not keeping the whole dress, then? If you were preserving the dress, I would tell you to have it preserved together.
From experiance seeing how our university’s costume museum is set up (artifacts are available to view by students as long as they wear cloth gloves) they are put inside boxes with tissue paper- which I’m assuming is all ph-neutral, acid free, etc.
Here is a good article that might help.
I think that if you know you aren’t going to ever wear it as an accessory, I would suggest removing any metal attachments that might have been added (a pin back, for example), getting acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin and a ph-neutral box, and just wrapping it up for safekeeping.
Since it’s not going to need washed, I can’t imagine it would need much else.
Post # 4
Ok thanks! I’m just preserving the flower (selling the dress), but thanks for the link! I’m very grateful for the help!