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Help with repair tips and dating a dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Adamina, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Adamina

    Adamina Registered Guest

    Hello, I came across this stunning apricot colored (velvet???) dress and jacket set. I got this from someone who said this is from the 1930s but I have my doubts. the dress itself is sleeveless and skirt part is pleated. The top/jacket has matching fabric buttons and buttons at the cuffs,
    Sadly, these pieces have stains on them and I was wondering if anyone knows how I could take them out, and if anything is safe with this type of fabric? Thank you very much for reading.
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    Last edited: Oct 13, 2020
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  2. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

    It looks 1950s to me with the side zipper, side bust dart placement and waisted fit. Do not get this wet. Do not attempt to spot clean. Even if it is cotton velvet, it would not have been preshrunk and won't necessarily be dye fast. The buttons will be ruined and the tapes and interfacings may well shrink badly. And the pile will never be quite he same. And if it's a rayon blend, it will be ruined. This a dry clean only garment. And I must warn you from past experience, those spots may well be permanent. If you want to give it a try, and it is a pretty set, I suggest dry-cleaning just the jacket and see what you get.
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  3. Avantbo

    Avantbo Registered Guest

    I agree, dry clean only, very late 40s but I think more into the 50s.

    And before dry cleaning, if mine, I would carefully remove the old staples to avoid any possible chance of rusting in the future and reattach after cleaning, what I am presuming is a cleaning label of past years.

    Store in a long garment bag with cedar cubes.
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  4. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    Agree with Hollis: I see early '50s and concur about dry cleaning only. If you have a good, specialist dry cleaner you could take them for an opinion but those look like 'rust' marks and getting them out will likely damage the fabric. I wish I had good news but I have had no success in getting similar marks out of this fabric. It reads like a cotton velvet on my screen.
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