The weather’s turning cooler, so I’ve been busy getting out and sorting through last autumn’s clothes. And considering what’s still needed, what’s in stash… You know how it goes. Time-consuming, but in a nice way. 🙂
There’s some lovely washable rayon and wool jerseys in there, but there’s also at least 1 piece of woven wool. And I don’t know if it should be washed…
I was trying to remember what former butler, now author Stanley Agar, wrote about caring for wools in the book he co-wrote (above), but had to get it out of the library to review. Am glad I did, as there’s plenty of detail I’d forgotten.
He stresses airing out clothes before putting them away, and brushing down coats, suits, and jackets. He details what kind of brushes to use on each type of fabric, and how to brush so fibres aren’t damaged.
Agar also stresses getting rid of dust. Which leaves me feeling guilty for leaving fabrics out on the sewing table far too long, but doesn’t stop my habit. Other things he recommends for fabrics include ~
Clothing Care and Packing
- “Dust is abrasive” and in time will wear on cloth (and stash has plenty of time, doesn’t it!)
- There used to be special brushing rooms
- Velvet – rub gently with nap; steam in a hot shower to “liven up”
- Tweed (wool) – can take “especially strong treatment”; brush up and down with a regular clothes brush
- Suits – dust doesn’t adhere closely to synthetics; wool or tweed suits should be brushed every time they’re worn
Although I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I thought there was useful information. Clearly Downton Abbey leaves this level of detail alone!