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Trafalgar braces past their prime...

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Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to acquire several pairs of Trafalgar Woven Limited Edition Silk Braces. The years have taken their toll, and the edges/borders on some of these are quite worn, enough that they really don't look their best any longer. Specifically, they are threadbare, uneven and frayed on the edges, and are actually wearing through from the backside where they had rested over my shoulders.

Nothing lasts forever, least of all artisan woven silk braces, but the question is if there is some better fate than good-willing them.

Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas, or experience to share as to what they've done when their own have reached a similar, unwearable state?

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Some edge wear can be repaired. (also there is the possibility of taking them a part and sewing the ribbons on a foundation of grosgrain so you have a backing to protect the silk. It also sounds like your not into the shabby chic so a rescue may not be the course for you. What I would suggest is to find a good sewing person our quilter. maybe they can assist you in recycling the silk that is still in good repair, you might be able to get a belt or a pillow top out of them.
Something like this. If you want the design vertical you would have to cut and piece it.
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It is an original vintage Calvin Curtis belt. It is the first I have ever seen. You might be familiar with the pattern since it also appeared as braces. It was recently was up on Ebay and I am speculating that the low price it fetched was due to its diminutive waist size.

What a great idea for a this your own, or something your googled down on the interwebs?

I'm afraid they are past the backing idea, as they are worn to the point of threadbareness....

But +1 for the belt idea!
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