What ho and bonjour dear sirs and madams!
I suppose I should tell you just what my intentions are for the space upon this page? Over the coming issues I plan to guide you through caring for a vintage wardrobe (well, the contents anyway. I am certainly no carpenter!), tackling those conundrums that can often have one scratching their heads, and answering a few questions sent in by you lovely lot along the way! But where exactly should we start…?
Whether you are male or female, tall or short, sporting or leisurely, I can take a safe guess that you often wear some sort of clothing. Am I correct? Aha, I KNEW it! You may be wondering how exactly I came to this conclusion with such accuracy. Well, it is simply an assumption made upon the knowledge that it is really quite frowned upon to go nude in the general public. Plus you’d be rather chilly.
Now we’ve established that we all have the wearing and keeping of clothes in common, let’s tackle exactly what we should do to maintain the condition of said clothing.
First and foremost, we want to keep away those pesky moths that like to chomp on the delicate fibres of our most prized garments. Moths are a vintage-clothing wearers worst nightmare, and have a penchant for causing havok! They really like natural fibres the best, so woollens, cotton and linens tend to be their main meal source. And they like dirt and grime (anyone who has hand-washed a 1940s dress will know this is engrained in fabrics to a level you’d never believe until you see that icky grey water). All this means that vintage clothing is best kept stored in a wardrobe that is enclosed, out of sunlight and kept clean. Hoover or dust inside your wardrobe regularly, and try to keep your clothes fresh and happy.