Thursday, January 07 2021
PROPER CARE AND REPAIR OF VINTAGE INTIMATES
Blog Post by Denise St. James
If your closet or bureau drawer has a vintage bra or garter belt that you love and hasn't been worn in years because of a broken or stretched out strap, or a hose support that doesn't 'support' any more, you're not alone. Many of us have favorite items that we just can't seem to discard, but when it's a vintage item that's not easily replaceable, we tend to hang on to those the longest.
There are ways to repair all cotton bras and garters with vintage out-of-stock repair kits found on line. These include replacement shoulder straps in 1/2" size or larger widths, cushion straps, original bra back extenders in two and three hooks, new 'sew-on' hose supporters and more. Another great item is the nylon Shoulder Strap Guard which you pin to the shoulder seam of your dress near the neck (pin included), you then snap the ends around the shoulder straps of your bras to prevent slippage of your straps under a sleeveless dress. No more tugging at the straps to stay in place.
These repair items and more can be found in the bra, garter and hosiery repair category brassiere_garter_repair
Once you have repaired these wonderful vintage intimates you want to either hand wash them or use a lingerie bag in the washer on gentle cycle. This will ensure that your intimates will last for years to come.
If you're going for the authentic vintage feel of an outfit, why not invest in new old stock vintage stockings and nylons. You can find sizes from small to queen from Christian Dior, Maidette, Shiaparelli, Big Mama, Underalls, JC Penney, Burdines, Footies, Hanes and more.
Once you've refurbished your intimate bras and garter belts, you may want to add to your collection by sewing your own slips, petticoats, Hollywood inspired lingerie, bed jackets and more. If you love the look of 1950's Sophia Loren inspired blouses, the 1960's Mad Men inspired wardrobes, or the 1970's Bohemian inspired Boho look, you have come to the right 'warehouse'. Browse the 'aisles' and take a trip back in time.
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