Authentic Historic Apparel
of the 18th & 19th Centuries
Clothing Conservation Services
offers clothing conservation services for museums and private collections. I have the knowledge from studying historic clothing AND making authentic reproduction clothing to be able to offer this kind of service.
How many times have you seen a historic garment mended, altered, and improperly repaired? Sometimes the work that was previously done has taken away from what it originally looked like. Many times you will find clothing in which pieces have been separated and need to be reassembled again. Or the fateful pinholes, moth holes or shattering of dry delicate silk.
The way to deal with these issues is by knowing what is the best treatment for the garment without destroying it original details. I do this with stabilization and repair techniques so that you will be able to handle or display your historic garment again.
I have been trained in the proper care and conservation treatment of historic garments by Colleen Callahan previous curator of the Valentine Museum, Richmond Va.
Back view armseye
The iconic back armscye curve retained.
Basque Bodice (above)
Detail photos of an 1850s-60s brown silk striped basque bodice. The silk was a faille type of silk in that it had tiny twill lines running through it which made it of a coarser variety.
The bodice came to me with a number of issues that needed attention. One being the awful green binding that had been stitched to the armscye.
Others were the many tassels that needed reattaching and or repaired. The bodice had been altered to a larger size leaving many terrible crease lines in the silk and front facings no longer matched properly. The sleeve puffings were flattened by storage and alot of the silk braid trim barely hanging from the bodice.
In the next photos you will see how the sleeves armscyes were painstakingly reattached with narrow 1/16" piping replaced and hand sewn back into its original place. The 50 or so tassels were either repaired, reattached and brushed to bring back their original shape. The sleeve puffings were re-hydrated. Front facing and darts hand stitched back into their original place. Braided trim reattached.
Amazingly the skirt is still with this bodice! There were tassels running vertically along skirt as well.
Original darts replaced