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guide to touching up your suit without wrecking it

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jefferyd, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    bump for a quality thread, with pictures that still live too
     
  2. Patric

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    *bump* thnx 4 advice
     
  3. scobell

    scobell New Member

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    I just received a made-to-measure suit from a high end retailer here in Vancouver and after letting it steam in the shower for a few minutes, two large deformities emerged in the front.

    Could I get your opinion on what might be the cause? (low quality underlining—fused canvas, oversteaming it, another thing) ?

    Any comment is welcomed :)

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  4. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    I'm not sure what that is. I'd hit it with my steamer and see what happened.
     
  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    NEVER STEAM A SUIT OR HANG ONE IN THE BATHROOM. THIS IS THE CAUSE OF THE PUCKERING

    Return to maker to have it pressed.
     
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  6. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    hmmm...funny. I steam my suits, and I've never had anything like this happen.
     
  7. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That is funny
     
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  8. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Strange, I steam my suits rather than press them at home and I've never had this happen. As a musician, I'm often on the road and just do the shower trick and I haven't had that happen either (well, I'll press the trousers but not the jacket). What's causing that Despos? Have I just been tempting fate?
     
  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    from my experience people don't see the effect steam has until you point it out and then they go "Oh!!"

    Steam (controlled steam), heat and pressure and adequate time for drying is how you press clothing. The lighter the cloth weight, the less steam to be used. Cloth like gabardine I press dry with no steam.
     
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  10. SHS

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    Does shirts get damaged from steam too? Is it harmfull to hang them in a steamy bathroom?
     
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    Bump for a great thread!
     
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    Bump - a must read
     
  13. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was browsing Put This On and came across another fine example of what can happen when you take a steamer to an otherwise innocent garment. The following is an Oxxford garment so we can be quite sure the bubbling has got nothing to do with fusing. This is the result of someone steaming the coat and pant. It ain't pretty.

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  14. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Oh geez, poor suit.
     
  15. RDiaz

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    This is an old post, but I have to +100000 to it. Even if you manage to put a crease on with steam, it won't last long. Sponge some moisture, then apply as much pressure as you can with the iron until it dries. Creases last forever that way.
     
  16. Odd I/O

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    I'm not a fan of the chemicals used in dry cleaning so I'm wondering if I can hand wash a suit jacket and pants myself and then have my tailor press them back into shape? Would this cause any issues other than the initial loss of shape in the garment prior to the re-pressing? Could shrinkage occur?
     
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    Surely there must be more to the story than simple steaming unless the guy using the steamer went hog wild or something? For example, I recently steamed several new pairs of my stepson's Lands' End "Year Rounder" trousers, which are certainly not the equals of Oxxford in quality and probably of a lighter fabric. There were no discernible ill effects, and the trousers looked fine after being given a night to rest.
     
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    I've read this thread a few times now. Thanks, JefferyD. One question (and I hope it hasn't been answered and I've forgotten): Is there no risk that pressing worn clothes could set dirt and subtle stains in the cloth?
     
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    $HIT! Good thing I am beginning to find this out just one week after I got a steamer. Wtf, everywhere I look and everyone I talk to say steaming is bad. I thought I did plenty of research on SF before I bought a steamer. Thx for the pic.
     

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