Before you dive into springtime sewing, like the cute stuff in Heather Ross’s new Weekend Sewing book, or the absolutely darling free spring top pattern by Rae on Sew Mama Sew, please please please take the time to put away your winter woolens properly.
Step 1 – gather up all of your wools to be put away for the winter. If you have a nice top loading washing machine, you can wash it all in there. Otherwise, fill up the sink or bathtub, depending on how much you have.
Step 2 – before washing, check for any damage from the season. Mend any holes, reweave ends that have worked themselves free, do any adjustments to the size, tighten any buttons or buttonholes, check your seaming, and use a sweater stone or something similar to remove fuzz.
Step 3 – Get a good wool wash. NOT woolite. I use Eucalan – it’s non-toxic, biodegradable, and NO RINSE. It comes unscented or in scents that are reputed to help protect against moths. I usually use either the lavender or the eucalyptus.
Step 4 – Follow the washing instructions on the bottle. Use clean towels to press out excess water. Reshape, re-block if necessary, and dry flat out of direct sunlight. When your items are completely dry, fold them carefully and put them away. You will thank yourself in six months when you find your items ready to wear in good condition.