Is there stabilizer for antique clothes?
Working on costumes for a play,we are finding some clothes from the 40’s and 50’s that would work great. But we are running into problems. Some of the fabric is fragile and I need to try and stabilize it so it does not rip at inopportune moments. I have reinforced seams and checked hems. What is the answer to successfully using vintage clothes that are tenuous? Muslin mock-up underneath or?… ALSO: I want the actors to use dress shields as the costumes go back to our own racks after cleaning once the final show is done. The clothes are not cleaned between performances. Is wanting the actors to use dress shields for play costumes unreasonable as long as we provided them? Unnecessary?