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garment care

We love to use natural fibres, cottons, linens and silks and occasionally we have a special run of satin or viscoise chosen for its suitability on certain designs.

What we do ensure is that none of our pieces require dry-cleaning, in fact we will never use any fabrics that require this method – no chemicals and no exorbitant costs.

Hand washing is our recommended option and for some pieces delicate machine wash with reduced level spin is all that is required.

 Caring for your new purchase will ensure it lasts and extend its lifespan.

We loathe ironing, therefore we drip dry our pieces away from direct sunlight and allow a little body heat to erase any creases!

 

 Linen

Linen fabric breathes well and works whatever the season. It is stronger than cotton fabric and comes in a variety of weights.

All our linens are pre-washed prior to garment making which ensures any shrinkage has been sorted. 

  • Linen, especially dark colours hand wash recommended, or on a DELICATE cold/cool wash. Check the settings of your washing machine. Most modern washing machines have a delicate cycle, which also importantly has a reduced speed spin cycle. The two things that destroy clothing are heat and fast washing machine spin. Avoid both at all times.
  • Our white linen pieces respond very well to an occasional overnight ‘soak’ in Vanish or Napisan products. This is ensures you maintain their pure colour clarity.
  • We only recommend line drying (out of direct sunlight for dark colours) NO DRIERS It keeps your linens fresher and stronger for longer.
  • Iron set to fabric temperature.
  • If you lose a button, we’ve supplied you with another on the care tag

 

 Pure Silk or Cotton Silk

Silk is actually very easy to look after, forget the myth that all silk must be dry cleaned. Follow these few simple steps and you’ll be enjoying its luxurious feel for years to come.

  • Hand wash with cold water with a gentle washing detergent liquid or (gentle hair shampoo) in a large tub or hand basin.
  • Do not soak for more than 10 mins.
  • Rinse until the water runs clean. Lay flat on a towel in its original shape. Gently roll the towel up to squeeze the excess water out.
  • Never leave in a ball.
  • Never use bleach or strong detergents.
  • Turn inside out and hang inside or in the shade (in a breeze) so you are avoiding natural sunlight. Do not use pegs if you can help it. You’ll find that silk dries very quickly, one of the reasons it's ideal for travelling.
  • Never tumble dry.
  • Cool iron on reverse.

 

 Pure Cotton

Not all cotton fabrics are created equal. We only use the finest quality long staple, 60’s and 80’s cotton, voile or poplin. Cotton is a robust fabric and responds well to extra care.

  • Cotton, especially dark colours can be washed on a DELICATE cold/cool wash. Check the settings of your washing machine. Most modern washing machines have a delicate cycle, which also importantly has a reduced speed spin cycle. The two things that destroy clothing are heat and fast washing machine spin. Avoid both at all times.
  • Our white cotton pieces respond very well to an occasional overnight ‘soak’ in Vanish or Napisan products. This is ensures you maintain their pure colour clarity.
  • We only recommend line drying, NO DRIERS. It keeps your cotton fresher and stronger for longer.
  • Iron set to desired temperature.
  • If you lose a button, we’ve supplied you with another on the care tag

 

  Cotton Muslin

  •  Absolutely only hand wash in cool water only
  • Gently squeeze out water after rinse, do not wring
  • No driers
  • Line dry out of direct sunlight
  • Cool iron

 

 Viscose

Viscose was developed in the early 1900's as a replacement for silk. It is made from regenerated cellulose fibre.

It is very breathable and has a soft feel finish. As it was developed as a replacement for silk, it has some of the same attributes to silk that require your care.

  • Hand or machine DELICATE wash on gentle cycle
  • Cold/cool wash
  • Never use bleach or strong detergents
  • Do not place in the dryer - garments will shrink
  • Line dry out of the sun
  • Gently press on low temp