Restoration of a Vintage Bedlah

It’s such a treat to restore an old costume. This pretty bra and belt set was no exception. It was loved and worn since the 1970’s, passed down from teacher to student. The sequins’ original color had flaked off, revealing a faded, once hot pink lining. Large chunks of the hand-placed fringe were missing. The straps remained attached to the bra cups by mere threads.

The challenge was to both restore the set to its original beauty and alter it to fit its current owner, the lovely Grace of Deviant Dance.

Grace in Vintage Red Bedlah. Photo used by permission

Additional photos after the jump. 

The unglamorous view inside a vintage bra
Cup extension and fresh sequins
The red belt stripped of its original decoration
The belt gets new sequins and a beaded border

Do you have a costume that needs a little TLC? I would be happy to help.

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