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How to Press Your Trousers the Murl Way

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Murlsquirl, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    Is that $80 for a suit?
     
  2. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    That would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  3. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Yes. That price is based on shipping to/from CA to AZ.
     
  4. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    How often do you generally opt for cleaning, or the "bespoke" option? I can't imagine this is something one (assuming money is a finite resource lol) does all that frequently for an entire wardrobe.
     
  5. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Yes. Price varies depending on location (shipping cost).


    Very welcome.


    Every year or so. If you take good care of your suits/jackets and only wear them a couple times a month, that's plenty...IMO. Haha...money is a finite resource, dude. I'm a civil servant and the missus is an elementary school teacher. I'm a proud member of the 99% [​IMG]
     
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  6. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    For the shoulder and armscye area I use a ham. For the sleeve itself I use a sleeve board. I actually think the sleeve board is a necessity for those who press their own shirts. Here's mine; it's two sided, one thick (at the bottom of the photo) and one thin (at the top):

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    Disclaimer: Since this thread is intended for people new to this, I should add that pressing any part of a jacket, especially a canvassed one, is a much more complicated thing than pressing pants or ironing a shirt. Done poorly you can ruin it. Despos has offered some excellent cautionary advice on this over on the tailoring thread, if I recall correctly.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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  7. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Truth, but I think you can do much more harm to a fused jacket than a canvassed. Fused will bubble when too much heat/steam is applied.

    I iron a crease into my shirt sleeves...military habit.

    JeffreyD wrote a great guide on the forum years ago about pressing jackets...here it is on his blog http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com/2008/11/vital-importance-of-pressing.html
     
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  8. CaptainTohm

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    I find that the only area of my jackets that needs touching up (unless there's an accident involving alcohol or something alcohol caused me to do) is the very bottom of my jacket. Namely, the tail and parts of the skirt which I sit on when I'm in my car, at my desk, at dinner, etc.

    I find those areas, especially the tail, get really wrinkled. I've found moderate success using an iron with a cloth between the actual iron and the jacket, but I'm always terrified I'm going to ruin something. Ironing is also a hassle and not always feasible, so I've wondered if a hand-steamer would work for this problem. Obviously it's not advisable around canvassing, but there's not a lot to ruin at the bottom of a jacket. Still, I've never tried it, just because I've read too many horror stories.
     
  9. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    If you are using a press cloth and you don't leave the iron on any one spot too long, you'll be fine. I rarely have to press any part of my jackets and only clean them about once a year (unless they get soiled). After hanging for a week or so, they usually look good as new.
     
  10. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    If you clean your suits once or twice a year this is not at all unreasonable.
     
  11. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Nope, not at all.

    Alright, got the package today with barely enough light to take a few pictures. First off, I forgot that I only sent the jacket and not the full suit. So the price for the "bespoke service" cleaning and press for the jacket alone was $55. Shipping cost me another $35 total to and from CA...they charge you for return shipping once it is shipped. Here is how it arrived..

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    Do you think the postal service cared that it was labeled "FRAGILE" and "THIS SIDE UP"? Hell no. Completely out of Rave's hands, but this is the mess..


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    Once I got all the plastic off, all was good. The first thing I noticed was a nice wide flared hanger that the shoulders were resting on. The fabric was nice and soft and not a hint of any chemical scent. It seriously looks and feels even better than before I sent it. I took these pictures seconds after it came out of the box so it was a little wrinkled, but after hanging for about 10 minutes it's wrinkle free and perfectly pressed...with a nice 3r2 roll, which they called to confirm before beginning work.

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    All in all, they exceeded my expectations and I am very happy. Unfortunately for my checking account, they will be getting all my jackets from here on out. If you guys have any questions, just ask.
     
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