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Remake outdated dresses into a blouse of skirt.
Stalking Perfect Stockings
Sounds crazy but it works! Freeze your pantyhose before wearing them and they will last longer. After wetting them thoroughly and wringing out excess water, put the panty hose in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer. When you need stockings, thaw them out and let them dry.
A light coating of starch will make them more resistant to runs. To stop a run in a stocking, rub the run with wet soap, spray it with hair spray, or dab on clear nail polish.