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Care for Christening Gowns and Baby Garments

This is a suggested guide to help preserve your treasured baby items that you wish to preserve for their beauty and sentiment for generations to come.

  1. Christening gowns made from pure silk should be handled carefully and stored well. Gowns should only be dry cleaned by a reputable dry cleaner who should be informed of the fabric. 
  2. Christening gowns and baby garments should be stored clean. Always launder before storing as dirty marks or stains attract moths and silverfish. It is a good idea to store with a gentle moth or silverfish repellent such as lavender.
  3. For gentle handwashing of baby garments – a good mild soap or baby shampoo should be used in lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Gently roll in a white towel to remove excess water. Dry out of direct sunlight to avoid yellowing of fabric.
  4. Avoid folding garments to store as the fibres may weaken and wear on the folds. A Christening gown can be hung in a wardrobe with a cotton cover - a preservation bag or a simple cotton pillowslip (making a hole for the hanger). A gown may also be stored in a cardboard box with acid free tissue. 
  5. There is no need to iron before storing as this can take time off the life of the garment. When pressing lace or embroidery, special care needs to be taken - cover with a cloth and press carefully with embroidery or lace face down on a well-padded surface at a cool temperature.
  6. Christening gowns and baby garments should not be stored or covered in plastic as the chemicals in plastic can cause severe damage.
  7. Where in your home you store your Christening gown is also an important consideration. Simply, store your gown in a cool, dry place – attics get too hot, basements get too damp. It is a good idea to air annually to avoid mould and mildew.

Preservation Covers

Ivy Emerald's special preservation covers are made from cotton musin trimmed with lace and are ideal for preserving your baby's Christening gown or romper. We suggest you place your Christening gown on a cotton padded hanger in the cotton cover and then hang in a wardrobe.

Treasuring an Heirloom

It is lovely to keep a written record of the history of your ‘new heirloom’ - from where it was purchased, who wore the Christening gown and significant dates. You could include photos and mention particular people (godparents, parents, grandparents) who attended, and location. A good place to record this is in a special bible or photo album. A small personal bible or photo album also makes a wonderful Christening gift.

Having a baby's initials embroidered on a gown is also a lovely reminder of who has worn the gown.

Cashmere Wraps/Blankets

Ivy Emerald's beautiful cashmere wraps/blankets may be handwashed in lukewarm water with a mild soap or baby shampoo. Care should be taken not to tub or twist as this may cause pilling. After washing, rinse in cool water until all soap is removed, squeezing gently without wringing - squeeze excess water in a towel. To dry, lay flat away from direct heat and sunlight and do not spin or tumble dry. When dry, iron lightly on a cool setting.

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