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Caring for your shirts

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Your custom-made clothing will offer you many years of service, though will continue to look better for longer if you look after it in the right way. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

  1. Remove all collar stiffeners, cufflinks and contents of pockets before washing.
  2. Wash by hand or machine in water no warmer than 40°C.
  3. If you choose to machine wash, use a protective bag, like a lingerie bag, to prevent the shirt from chaffing during the spin cycle.
  4. Wash dark colours separately from light.
  5. Drip dry shirts on hangars – do not tumble dry.
  6. Iron when still slightly damp. Alternatively, you can dampen with a water spray.
  7. Iron away from the collar points to maintain their shape and smoothness.
  8. Avoid fading of dark shirts by ironing on the inside of the collar.
  9. Hang your shirt on a thick hanger after ironing. Wire hangers will tend to leave a crease.
  10. Bleach, such as napisan, can restore colour and brightness, though use no more than every four or five washes to limit the damage caused to the fabric.
  11. Resew buttons when they loosen.

Caring for your suit

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
  1. Aim to allow a week between wears of a suit to allow the fibres to rejuvenate. This will tend to prolong the life of the suit.
  2. Lift your trousers at the knee to minimise stretching.
  3. Leave your pockets largely empty, including of coins, your wallet and keys. Weight will both ruin the line of the suit and pull the fabric out of place.
  4. Remove all objects from pockets before hanging to avoid bulging and sagging.
  5. Use good quality hangers: Wooden is ideal.
  6. Trousers may either be folded at the knee or hung from clips attached to the waistband.
  7. Hang in a cool, fresh place with plenty of air space. This will give the fabric a chance to breathe, releasing odors and allowing the creases to drop out.
  8. Ensure that there is an anti-moth strip in your cupboard.
  9. Brush your suit downwards with a good quality clothes brush to remove dust from time to time.
  10. Avoid dry cleaning any more frequently than is necessary; dry cleaning damages the fabric and shortens the life of your suit dramatically.
  11. When storing for an extended period, be especially careful to ensure that the suit is clean and devoid of food particles or stains that insects might feed upon.
  12. Remove your suit from the dry cleaning bag as soon as you have them home. If a bag is necessary, canvas is vastly superior.

How should I press my shirt?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The best shirts still need to be ironed or pressed correctly to look as good as you deserve. Whether you are the ironer in your household or not, you can benefit from knowing a few tricks that my mother taught me…
Hang your shirts promptly
While leaving them in the washer or dryer might be convenient at times, the longer that you leave them there, the harder they are going to be to iron, and the shorter their life expectancy will be. Remember, much of the damage to your clothes is not caused when you wear them, but when you wash them!

Hang your shirts promptly, preferably on a good quality timber hanger.

100% cotton: Humidity counts
When you are ironing a 100% cotton shirt, iron it damp from washing, or at least spray the shirt and let it sit in a plastic bag for 10 or 15 minutes. This will dissolve so much of your hard work by relaxing the fibres. The result: Less wrinkles and sharper creases.
Follow the guidelines given by your iron manufacturerSet the iron temperature to suit the fabric that you’re ironing. It sounds simple… but make sure that you still do it!

  1. Collar first: Start by pressing the wrong side of the collar, then press the right or visible side both of the band and of the collar itself.
  2. Upper shirt: Press around the upper portion and yoke of the shirt, moving from one side of the front, around the back to the other side of the front.
  3. Sleeves: First the cuff wrong sides, then the cuff right sides, then the rest of the sleeves. Yes, this is done before the rest of the shirt.
  4. Position the sleeve placket side up, with the underarm seam along one edge; smooth the sleeve to find the upper arm crease. Then, flip the sleeve over and press that side before repeating for the other arm.
  5. Lower shirt: Press the remainder of the shirt, working from one side of the front around the back to the other side of the front.
  6. Hang: With the shirt ironed, give it space to cool and dry completely.