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Restoring Yellowed Christening Gown

Michelle_ | Posted in The Archives on

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>My friend is due to have a baby soon and would like to use her husbands christening gown for the baby.It has become yellowed after 32 yrs.It’s made of tafeta with a sheer overlay.
>Any advise on restoring it to its original white color, or as close to whit as we can get?

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  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

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    try a borax/water solution - dissolve some borax - a 1/2 cup
    or so in hot water -about a quart. When it is cool add this solution
    to a gallon or so of water. Soak the
    gown - sometimes it needs a day or more. Hand wash in clear
    water with a mild soap. Rinse well. Roll up in towels to
    absorb most of the water & hang or lay flat to dry. I have
    used this method with very old linens (well over 50 years
    old) - with a fair amount of success.

    I don't know about doing this with synthetic fabrics but
    this works well on cotton and on linen.

    have fun!

    1. Betty_Kershner | | #2

      *You may damage the taffeta, if its acetate, if you soak it in water.

      1. Marion_E._Ruppel | | #3

        *This may sound offbeat but when I get doll dresses that are stained or yellowed, I put them in a mason Jar with an efferdent tablet that has been dissolved and shake them up for a day or two. Most stains come out. The acetate may cause a problem. Most old doll clothes were cotton or linen batiste. even the trims were cotton.

        1. Bill_Stewart | | #4

          *Michelle, the greatest danger in washing taffeta is the shrinkage which cannot be undone. If the gown is too big for the baby it won't matter. BUT if it is the right size now it will shrink and be too small. Try to locate a dry cleaner who is experienced in restoring yellowed clothes. It is a form of bleaching and you may have to agree to not hold them responsible for what may happen. Besides the borax, the more usual method of whitening is to use 1 tbsp NON SOAPY ammonia in a gallon of plain warm water. agitate well to mix. soak garment. towel dry, air dry, press. If the thought of ammonia is daunting, you can also use the same formula, but with plain old Hydrogen Peroxide. Hope this helps, Bill.

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