Condition & Care Information

Heirloomen vintage clothing has been worn and loved before. Due to the age and nature of antique and vintage clothing, some wear and minor flaws may persist. We do our best to clean, repair, and restore garments, so they are wearable on arrival. While most garments from the past have been carefully constructed for durability and style, fabric can become more delicate with time, and must be treated with care.


Vintage Condition Chart


Pristine. Often new with original tags.


Hardly worn. No notable flaws.


Minor wear. Possibly hidden or slight cosmetic flaws – to be noted specifically.


Some wear. Possibly small flaws – noted specifically.


Some wear. Possibly larger flaws, discoloration or major repairs – noted specifically.


Unwearable due to structural damage but great for study, pattern-making, or use of pieces/beading/buttons/fabric.



Care and Cleaning

For regular care, most vintage garments need some delicate attention when being cleaned. I hand wash most of my personal vintage items with mild dish soap or Woolite, when needed. Do not wring antique garments. Pat excess water with a towel. Most garments should dry flat or on the line. Most items can then be ironed or steamed after (avoid ironing textured fabrics, like crepe).

Satins, velvets, silk crepe, and metallics should be dry cleaned as water and heat can ruin them. Hand wash dark items separately, as some fabrics may bleed.

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