Kyle asked whether anyone else had hacked RTW pieces lately. Well, I did some sweater maintenance but the only hacking was to go back and add length to the sleeves of a me-made sweater.
While I was at it, I examined them for damage. The black cashmere cardigan had developed a small hole at the shoulder. Perhaps it was a casualty of my purse strap. I darned it with a small amount of the black lace-weight wool I am using in my cowl before washing. Does this count as a RTW hack? Or just basic wardrobe maintenance?
I'm embarrassed to admit that the two black RTW sweaters are cashmere--purchased before I learned about the planetary cost of cashmere and more bad news about cashmere. I wrote and firmly believe:
If you already have cashmere, don't sweat it. Take good care of it so it lasts. I have cashmere sweaters that are 25+ years old (one bought new, two bought at thrift shops).The sweaters are all clean, fluffed up, delinted and fresh.
I washed them with shampoo on the delicate cycle of my washer. Well, I didn't let the sweaters agitate--I just used the spin dry feature.
I filled the tub with a mixture of warm/cool water until it was tepid and let it agitate just to dissolve the shampoo. Then I added the sweaters and let it agitate just enough to thoroughly wet the sweaters. I turned the washer off and let them soak while I went to the gym. When I got back, I let the washer drain.
Then I took the sweaters out, let the tub refill with warm/cool water, then put the sweaters back in for a rinse cycle (with an abbreviated agitation period). I repeated the rinse cycle and lay them on the drying rack for a day. No visible fulling or shrinking.
What about you? How do you maintain your sweaters? DIY or outsource? Wash or dry clean? Are you interested in a post about the planetary cost of dry-cleaning?