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Having fit fits?

If you lost (or gained) a little around the middle during the summer, time to check the fit on your winter wear. Pick up a new pair of Spanx, sweatpants or expandable “comfort” waist trousers. Our alterations department can do wonders up a size or down a couple. Alterations are surprisingly affordable and fast.

Sweater care, 2.

Never hang a sweater, it’ll droop and sag. Instead, fold and store in a drawer. If you must hang, fold in half over a cardboard-crossbar hanger (like we do). We can block your sweaters back to shape when we finish them, and our gentle cleaning prevents shrinkage. When your sweater get wrinkled, a light pressing with steam will freshen it, but be sure to use a pressing cloth to prevent adding shine. Or better yet, bring it to us. We can even add elbow patches to worn favorites.

Sweater care, 1.

Remove lint and pet hairs by wrapping your hand with tape, sticky side out. Use your sticky hand, or a lint roller, for a clean look. Pills are removed with a pumice stone, scissors or simply shave them off with a disposable razor. The little snags inside, pull through with a crochet hook and weave back into the sweater. Sound too tricky? Bring us your knits for expert cleaning and repair.

Season switch.

Before you store away your summer favorites, make sure everything’s clean and free of spills and stains. That little white wine spot or Seven-Up spill can oxidize over time, leaving a brown stain. Pack like-colored items together and keep everything away from light and moisture. If you don’t have closet hanger space, fold everything (with white tissue paper if you have it) and pack loosely in suitcases or place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags.

Always cleanable, sometimes washable.

Cleaning vs. washing? Here’s the easy to remember rule:  Everything can be cleaned, not everything can be washed.  Specialty fabrics such as wool, silk, leather and rayon should never be washed. They require professional cleaning and care.   Our expert staff has been trained to understand how each of these specialty fabrics should be cleaned – and the right cleaning care protects your investment in your favorites.