Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What is your vintage clothing fix-it tip?

I have a small chemistry lab, a hoard of vintage buttons, a collection of mending tips and suggestions...and lots of live-and-learn experience. Still, in just a few days I have learned things about saving my damaged vintage clothing from others suggestions, from searching online and from my own trial-and-error. 

Does anyone have a great vintage mending or stain-removal tip...any sort of vintage clothing or accessory fix that you would share? I have a collection going and I would love to include yours!
1940s sewing circle, from Stylist.com


Past Pieces Vintage said...

You know that "smell" that vintage fabric can have...stinky, musty, old? It's mostly in old cotton fabric; linens, hankies, clothing, etc. When soaking and/or washing these things, add baking soda (Arm and Hammer or generic brands)to your water. This helps dissipate that odor. If the soda bath doesn't do the trick, add vinegar to the water. Vinegar is also great to add to a rinse; it cuts any soap residue and leaves the fabric naturally soft.

Lisa said...

I'm sure you're already aware, but OxiClean is the best cleaning product out there. Everyone laundry room should stock it - whether you collect vintage or not.