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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Stains - Simple Home Remedies

This was in a dressmaking book I had many years ago and as I'm de-cluttering and de-hoarding, I am putting the information here.

Alcohol (beer, wines and spirits)
Washable fabrics - Dampen the fabric, then sprinkle it with borax. Pour warm water over, then launder the fabric in the usual way.

9 DIY ways to remove sweat stains from clothes

Lipstick Removal
Hmm, yes, well..... this could be very useful knowledge for husbands and boyfriends .........

I'm a Sard Girl
Me? Not for me making pastes and such and rubbing it in - I'm a Sard gal from way back. Just remove the lid, rub over the stain and leave for up to seven - 7 - days, then wash.  That's brilliant that is.

Two things to remember, use on dry fabric - wetting it can set the stain. Second, if it's an old stain, it may not work. Old stains are set and difficult to remove.

Today's quote: Airing the family's laundry can make people upset ~ J. D. Vance.


They’ve lain undisturbed, happily chewing through your best cashmere and had ample time, space and fuel to breed like wild fire, strewing everything with larvae. What’s more, there are more around than ever.
So, from conkers and smoke bombs to microwaves and pheromone strips — here’s what you need to know to beat them.

The increased use of walk-in wardrobes means the moths have far more space to access clothes and remain undetected

To add to this, we heat our homes all year round, fail to clean as rigorously as our grandparents and fly off on cheap package breaks to places such as Turkey and India — bringing back carpets and fabrics infested with moth eggs.

1. The best thing you can do to prevent a moth attack is to put your clothes away when they are clean. Larvae gravitate towards grime as it’s higher in protein-rich nutrients.

2. Deter them by emptying your wardrobe and washing everything. If something can’t be washed, get it dry-cleaned. Clean out the inside of your wardrobe, too. Take everything out, vacuum and wipe the insides.

3. Moths lay most eggs in the carpet so destroy them at the source by moving furniture and vacuuming in all crevices.

4. A moth’s life cycle can be anything from 55 to 90 days so give your home and clothing a thorough clean every month or two — or they’ll come crawling back. Make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner bag or they’ll hatch there, too.

As bonkers as it sounds, this really works. For clothing that can’t be washed, such as leather or fur, put it in the freezer.
‘It doesn’t damage clothing at all,’ says Jo Poole. ‘You need to do it for at least 72 hours to kill all moths and eggs. I put my clothes in individual plastic bags first —you don’t want moth eggs in your food — then take them out and hang them to air dry.

Even more barmy-sounding — and not for the faint hearted — you could try exterminating moths from garments by putting them briefly in the microwave.
A study for the American Journal Institute for Conservation found that all moths, larvae and eggs could be killed when 10 per cent wool fabrics were microwaved for three minutes at 2450MHz microwave radiation — the frequency of modern microwave ovens.

You could try exterminating moths from garments by putting them briefly in the microwave.
The side effects were a tiny amount of shrinkage but no colour change. ‘One of my clients swears by microwaving her cashmere tops to kill larvae but I wouldn’t dare,’ says Jo Poole.

Take precautions with your best sheets, outfits or precious fabrics by storing them in plastic vacuum packed sealed bags if you don’t need them in the near future.

Acid-free paper helps prevent clothing getting hard creases which cause weak spots in fabric,’ says Jo Poole. ‘It also protects them from plastic which contains chemicals which can damage fibres.

Plants produce harmful chemicals and unappealing smells to stop insects eating them and their seeds,’ says moth expert Dr Norman Lowe of the Brecknock Wildlife Trust in Powys.
‘It’s biochemical warfare.’
Conkers have one of the strongest moth-repelling aromas.
‘As conkers dry out a gas is emitted which works as a mild insecticide, killing moths and larvae,’ says Paul Bates. Conkers must be fresh; so put new ones in your drawers every few weeks. Other less strong but decent repellents include eucalyptus and bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and cloves.


Lavender, thanks to its strong smell, is a very good deterrent,’ says Jo Poole. ‘Ideally, put a bag of lavender on every hanger and a couple in every drawer. If that’s too much hassle, sprinkling lavender into a tray at the bottom of your wardrobe works, too.’

These catch moths quickly without any pesticide and give useful clues as to how bad your infestation is. Usually these look like a rectangular flat piece of sticky cardboard with tent-like sides. Male moths fly inside then get stuck on the sticky surface.
‘They are really effective; I’ve seen 20 or more caught on one,’ says Dr Lowe. ‘The sticky bit of the trap is impregnated with a female pheromone that attracts male moths only.’ With no males left, females die without laying eggs and you win. (£5.56, Aeroxon at Tesco).

Mothballs fade quickly and are often too weak to bring down numbers significantly.
Use a smoke bomb instead. ‘Get one for when you know you will be away for the weekend, as they can be quite potent,’ says Jo Poole.
Super Fumer (£5.79 from mothkiller.co.uk) contains the toxic chemical permethrin which destroys all moths quickly.
Use it in one room after shutting the door and all windows. The smoke won’t damage furniture or fabrics but you’ll need to air the room out afterwards.

Unfortunately moths have great taste. ‘They love natural fabrics which give them more nutrition than synthetic materials because of their high keratin protein content,’ says Paul Bates.
‘Because they are made of very fine fibres, fabrics such as cashmere, angora and silk are also easier for moths to digest,’ adds Dr Lowe.
But if the worst happens and you find your jumper holier than a cheese grater, all is not lost.
If a moth has munched through a family heirloom, it might be worth sending it to an expert to be invisibly mended
If a moth has munched through a family heirloom, it might be worth sending it to an expert to be invisibly mended
‘Little holes are easy to fix,’ says Jo Poole. ‘Turn the garment inside out, do a few overstitches to catch the loose threads together then steam or iron it flat again and you’ll barely notice a difference.’
For bigger holes use a patch, darn it or cover it with embellishments. Jo suggests using lace (‘always pretty’), worn denim (‘new denim has no give’) and wide velvet ribbon (‘much stronger than normal ribbon’) for attractive patches — or vintage lace coasters from craft websites such as etsy.co.uk.
‘Be imaginative or use bits from old clothes – just make sure the patch has been washed before attaching it so it doesn’t shrink, making the garment pucker.’

If a moth has munched through a family heirloom, it might be worth sending it to an expert to be invisibly mended.
‘It’s expensive and takes ages but is utterly brilliant if it’s something you care about and don’t want to throw away,’ says Jo Poole.
The intricate sewing technique, which takes years to master, involves taking threads from the seam allowances inside the garment and using them to intricately re-weave the patch that’s missing, by hand, to perfectly match the material’s existing stitching.
The British Invisible Mending Service has a handful of invisible menders in London and Wales.
Prices start at £40 for a small hole.

A moth’s life cycle can be anything from 55 to 90 days

Armed against the common clothes moth, or Tineola bisselliella

Scented Sachet Bags
small fabric sachet bags that can be filled with various herbs and spices such as cedar chips, mint, peppercorns, eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon sticks, dried lemon peel and lavender buds.

Bay leaves with your clothes to combat carpet beetle.

Glass cleaner twice to clean shelves?

Terminex - Carpet beetle

Moth prevention - Carpet beetle

Source of information: Daily Mail

Monday, 8 January 2018

A letter of feedback

Good morning,

I am disappointed with the Virtu range as of late, the quality and attention to detail seem not as good. I noticed too whereas the crotch length seam is usually too long, on some of the pants, the crotch seam is almost too short.

The sizing seems to be wrong with dresses and tops - e.g. lining too small for equivalent size, buttons not sewn on properly and fall off on the first wearing, overlocking isn't properly finished, with overlocking thread hanging down but if cut would cause the rest of the seam to come undone. Some overlocked seams not the same width throughout - narrowing in sections.

This is not only disappointing but annoying. Considering the price of TS14+ items, I would expect better consistency in the quality of work.

Thank you for taking the opportunity to give feedback,

Blue and Black

Another outfit I put together. I wanted to wear my new tunic, the Eryn Tunic by Virtu and as it is still winter, wore a long sleeve tee underneath. Teamed with the Dot to Dot Cardy, Paige leggings, and the Citron scarf for contrast the colours looked good. With black ankle boots.

No Waist

When googling 'Plus size clothing', one of the websites was Trendy Plus Size Clothes which didn't help much so back to google's plus size clothing I clicked on 'images' and liked this.

Going to view the page it led me to Trendy Plus Size Clothes but showed different dresses. (I haven't yet learned how to navigate their website to bring these up.)

Looking at the Eclectic Sun Dress took me to Serengeti. The dress sizes range from S to 3X. But there I struck problems.
Above: Eclectic Sun Dress - Serengeti

Their size chart

When comparing my measurements, I find my bust size is a 2X, my waist larger than a 3X and my hips are a 1X. I have no waist, unless I dress in a sack and look like a tent, what hope do I have of looking nice?

Misse's sizes (2-18) are designed to fit the average frame and proportions.
Petite sizes (2P-18P) are proportioned for women 5'4" and under (shorter body length, reduced rise, inseam and skirt length for bottoms, reduced body and sleeve length for tops, dresses and jackets.)
Women's sizes (1X-3X) are proportioned to fit full-figured women.
If you are between sizes, order the larger size.

How to take your measurements

Friday, 5 January 2018

Standard Sizes in the 1960's

No wonder we have so much trouble in getting sizes that fit, just look at the sizint today compared to yesterday. Standardisation in clothing sizes went out the window in Australia many years ago. No, I can't remember when and at the moment, I'm too lazy to look it up, just trust me - they did.

In the "old days" these were the sizes of women's clothing -

Size 10 was BUST: 32 inches WAIST: 24 inches HIPS 34 inches. - XSSW

Size 12 was BUST: 34 inches WAIST: 26 inches HIPS: 36 inches. - SSW

Size 14 was BUST: 36 inches WAIST: 28 inches HIPS: 38 inches. - SW

Size 16 was BUST: 38 inches WAIST: 30 inches HIPS: 40 inches. - W

Size 18 was BUST: 40 inches WAIST: 32 inches HIPS 42 inches - XW

Size 20 was BUST: 42 inches WAIST: 34 inches HIPS 44 inches - OS

Sizes on clothing weren't labelled 12 or 14, but XSSW. SSW, SW, W and OS. My mum usually wore SW.

Styles my Mother wore
These may have been fashionable in the 1960's, but you could "trust" the size on the label.


I came here today to write about being overweight and saw to my dismay, there were several posts that I had written and saved to draft then forgotten about. Have decided before going any further, I will post (finally) those posts publicly. True, some were made many months ago, but we shall pretend they were posted when they should.
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