I’ve found the sweater of my dreams
Have I ever mentioned how much I love sweaters? No? Well, don’t worry. You’ll be seeing plenty of sweater love in the future. Anyway, I often go looking for most of my ready-to-wear goods at lovely designer consignment boutiques. This means lightly used goods are available at a discounted price. However, there may be some small- often times, barely noticeable- imperfections. Pilling or dropped stitches, for instance.
Making the Knit New Again
Here is my lovely sweater. I saw a similar sweater by one of my favorite Japanese Brands; Liz Lisa. Unfortunately, it could not be found for purchase. So, when I saw this “No Frills” version I had to have it. I saw it sitting in the window of my favorite consignment boutique for weeks thinking to myself. That’s my sweater. God put it there just for me. I have to go get it. So, I did- and I couldn’t be happier.
The first thing that we should do when we buy something from the store is wash it. I don’t care if its furniture, food, clothes, or toys; wash it. That is essential. I don’t know about your area, but in mine almost everything is exposed. That means Sally’s germs are all over Suzie’s new dress. And, knowing Suzie, she’s not going to think twice about washing it before that party next week. All that aside, lets learn how to wash, dry, and restore a lovely knit.
- A pair of Scissors
- Lint remover brush
- Gentle soap (Wool soap is preferred for Wool Garments*)
- A wash bin (If hand washing)
- A towel or two
- Pumice Stone (Optional)
- Disposable Razor (Optional)
A Basic List would consist of: Scissors, a needle and matching thread, & a disposable razor. The lengthy list is for those of you cleaning a sweater that is a bit different from mine. These are just some things that I like to use for my other sweaters. Perhaps I can post a series for sweaters for this coming winter season? We’ll see.
Step 1: Wash Garment
Sweaters, especially wool or cashmere ones, should usually be lightly hand washed. Synthetic knits are a bit easier- you can just throw them in the wash. Usually the care instructions will be listed on the tag so do your best to go over that. If you don’t know how to read them, than take a look here…[/vc_column_text]
Step 2: Dry Garment
If you’re washing a synthetic like I am, than you might assume that you should throw it in the dry to dry. You could, technically, get away with that. However, I have gone through a great many knits and have learned that they all seem to stretch. Regardless of whether or not the material is natural or man-made- the knit pattern will stretch.
To prevent this I lay the damp sweater out on a towel. I sometimes use two towels- on beneath the sweater and one above. Once that is done we roll it up, and wait for it to dry over night.
Step 3: Primp and Prepare
Now you can finally get to the important part; restoring the “new” look. If you look closely, there are wee imperfections in areas that get a lot of wear. The sides of the garment, the armpit area, and sometimes around the hems. You see the little pills & spiderwebs? They’re not really a big deal, but I don’t like them. After a while they start picking up lint from heaven knows where. See? Where did that red lint ball come from?
There are several ways you can remove them. You can:
- Shave them off with the razor
- Rub them off with the pumice stone
- Lift and cut them off with the scissors
I had the pumice stone and scissors, so that’s the method I went with. I may go over how to do this with the razor in the future, but it’s pretty simple. You basically run over the mess lightly with a razor- being sure not to cut the actual sweater- until you are satisfied.
Once you cut those off you can move onto sewing up any pulled or cut threads that might show. I’ll go into detail on how to do this in a later post.
There you have it! A cute, new looking sweater just for you~! Go out and rock that baby confidently! Let me know in the comments what kind of things you do to restore your sweaters. Do you cut of the pills that show up with wear? Do you sew up pulled loops or cut threads? Share some of your tips I’d love to hear them!