Life Extenders for New Clothes
Fasten or trim loose threads or pull them through to the wrong side and secure.
Reinforce stitching on patch pockets by sewing a tiny triangle at each top corner of the pocket.
Protect your clothes from perspiration stains with cotton underarm shields and let your clothes air ait before you put them away. Allow at least 24 hours for moisture to evaporate.
Make Leather Last
Protect your leather from minor stains using products sold for waterproofing leather shoes and boots. For soft leathers, use a temporary fluorocarbon spray such as 3M Scotchguard every few weeks.
Cold cream is as good for leather as it is for your face. Rub it in with your fingers and wipe off excess with a cloth or paper towel.
Darken leather using a cloth dipped in ammonia. Apply as evenly as possible to avoid streaks.
New Clothes from Old
Transform a too-tight pullover sweater into a classy cardigan. Measure the exact center of the front, mark it, and machine-stitch down each side of the centerline. Cut from top to bottom between the lines of stitching. Finish the edges with ribbon or decorative sewing tape.
Transform stale bridesmaid dresses into a cocktail dress by altering the hemline, neckline and sleeves.
Remake outdated dresses into a blouse of skirt.