Originally Posted by gdl203
I have used steam before to re-roll a lapel which had flattened too much or that didn't roll like I wanted. I never noticed any major issues when doing so but vox's constant teasing on the subject + this thread make me feel a little bad about doing that.
Thanks Chris - I understand your and jeffery's POV very well and can appreciate the usefulness of the thread to those who are willing to commit the time.
Sorry for teasing you...but you're fair game (as am I.)
Your lapel re-rolling experiments show the same phenomenon Jeffery and Chris describe, which is the degree to which steam and the iron can form a garment. In your case, you took jackets that were less pleasing and made them into ones that were more pleasing. You used the iron to fight cut and construction and more power to you.
The love and care that you put into your own clothes, however, will be absent at the typical commercial dry cleaner...many of which are just local storefront dropoffs for big regional commerical factory operations. The better and more carefully made the clothes, the more one has to lose by having them mistreated.
From a practical standpoint, few of us have the time or they eye to execute the full process that Jeffery describes. Nevertheless, it is still educationally relevant to know what that process is and if you have nice clothes, to seek out the best alternatives within your means. If this can include having the items cleaned separately and then taken to a local tailor for pressing, that is an option worth pursuing.
I remember that the iteration of Huntsman before the current one placed a lot of emphasis in their publicity materials about the aftercare services that they offered. Customers could send stuff back to them, they would get cleaned up in Scotland, and then returned to Huntsman for pressing. That is luxurious service and not replicable for most people.
Nonetheless, even factory-produced clothes, at least at the higher end, have a degree of fabric shaping that is worth preserving if you can.