Whether or not it’s amusingly ugly, we all have that great holiday sweater we love to wear. We sport it on Thanksgiving or throughout the holiday season. It keeps us warm, it fits well and – if it was socially acceptable – we would wear it all the time.
To keep your holiday sweaters in shape, it’s important to provide them with proper care. That means washing them carefully and taking them in for alterations in Seattle, WA when they start to show signs of wear.
Caring for your holiday sweater
First and foremost, when caring for your holiday sweater, follow the instructions on its label. Most wool sweaters will need to be hand washed. To do this, add a delicate cleanser to lukewarm water, turn the garment inside out, glide it through the wash and let it soak for 10 minutes. Then, rinse the sweater twice.
To dry the sweater, roll it in a clean towel to extract water, and then lay it on a flat surface. While it dries, you can reshape the sweater to fit looser or tighter. Just remember the garment will dry however you lay it out.
When your sweater is not in season, place your garments in an airtight plastic bin to keep them safe from the elements and from insects. You can even add half a cup of dry lavender (which insects dislike) into the bins before storing them in a dry, cool place until next year’s holiday season.
What happens if the sweater snags?
Snags happen, especially if you wear your sweaters often and in places where they can get caught on other items. Luckily, snags are easy to fix with the help of a tailor.
If you don’t trust your skills with sewing utensils, or you feel the urge to get the scissors out, take the snagged sweater in for alterations in Seattle, WA right away. The experts at your local alterations shop will be able to fix the garment in no time.
If you feel confident in your sewing skills, you can attempt to fix the snag by smoothing out the sweater and trying to push or pull the snag through the weave with a small tool. If the snag gets worse or if you’d like to ensure your sweater is mended properly, tie off the problem area and take it to your alterations shop as soon as possible.
Whatever you do, avoid taking scissors to your sweater. Cutting a snag will almost always create a big hole. A tailor won’t even be able to fix that; at that point, your favorite holiday sweater is ruined. If you’re ever uncertain of what to do, your safest option is to trust the skills of a trained professional.
When we wear a favorite piece of clothing, a snag can happen, but with the help of a tailor you won’t have to say goodbye to your favorite holiday sweater. For alterations in Seattle, WA, speak with the experts at Diane’s Alterations & Tailoring today.