Clothing Care Tips

Sweat it out!
The sweatshirt garment is a good idea for a quick and easy cold weather protection. There are several patterns in each of the major pattern books that could be used for making a sweatshirt.
The style should be loose, with a cut-in-one, raglan or other unstructured sleeve style, no buttonholes, if possible, and not too many seams.
Some of the sweatshirt styles feature ribbing. You can use matching ribbing or you can use the garment fabric cut on the crosswise stretch. This makes a very nice finish and gives your garment a classier look.
The ribbing piece must be shorter than the piece to which it is stitched so that it will “recover,” drawing to a snug fit.
Hems on sweatshirt fabric can be a bit of a pain. If you use the blind-hemmer on your machine, the stitches can pull out since they catch in the fleecy back side of the fabric and do not have a good hold. On most styles for this type of fabric, you can use a top-stitched hem. It can be as narrow as 5/8 inch or as wide as 1 1/4 inch. The raw edge of the hem allowance can be finished to prevent curling.
Easy Ways to Organize Your Closet
It’s the perennial challenge all working women must face: organizing their ever-bulging wardrobe, and clearing the clutter from their closet. This task sounds so simple but it isn’t. And unless you’ve got the necessary patience, going through your chaotic wardrobe just to organize it requires nothing short of Herculean efforts. Here are easy ways to organize your closet:
1. Remove unwanted clothes. Get rid of everything you don’t need in order to get your closet in order. Also, remove all of the items that need repair work. If you leave them in the closet, you’ll forget to have them fixed. Find a charitable organization that could use the items you no longer need.
2. Count your clothes. Once you get rid of the excess from your closet, and then start counting your clothes. This way you’ll know how many rods and shelves you’ll really need to add to your closet.
3. Utilize your closet door. Use your closet door to hold robes, nightgowns and ties. You can use hooks on the inside of the door to hold these items – just make sure you don’t overstuff them.