A Look at My Studio

7.29.2018 Studio Tour 2 (1 of 2)

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I spent the weekend re-organizing my studio for Heirloomen Vintage. I often feel like I amass so much stuff that never gets a proper place, I eventually reach a breaking point and must re-shuffle my design to accommodate the constant influx of new vintage, and the vacancy of sold items. Space is tight in my apartment, but I do the best I can.

Most of the clutter was accessories, such as hats, shoes, and jewelry. The clothing is all on racks or in my closet. I went through each hat box and grouped everything by for-sale, or not-for-sale, and then by color. I find old hat boxes so charming and useful for storage.

My filing cabinet from Class & Trash RVA was made into a keeper for old photographs, costume jewelry, and vintage clutches. It’s also a great display shelf for some of my collected treasures. One row of the cabinet is missing the drawers. I’ve lined this row with lace (found at a yard sale), and will use it to store small purses.

Now.. I am tasked with getting all these hats listed in the shop!

 

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A July Shop Update

It’s already the last week of July.. how did that happen so fast? Here are the latest Heirloomen Vintage shop updates. All items either recently listed or coming soon in the Heirloomen Etsy Shop within the week.

I try to update and add new items weekly. Every vintage piece is one-of-a-kind, of course. So, don’t miss something if you really love it.

Tutorial: Washing Vintage Sequin Sweaters

Sequined and beaded wool sweaters and cardigans were extremely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They are often wardrobe favorites, coming in fun colors and styles. Many times, the general age and nature of wool has led to dust absorption and storage odors, which must be removed. These types of tops are relatively easy to clean with some care.

First, create a luke-warm soapy bath with a bit of Woolite — a few drops should do. Quickly stir the water until some bubbles form.

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sequin sweater soaking

Soak the garment in the Woolite dishpan or tub bath for 30 minutes to an hour depending on soil level. Gently agitate occasionally. If water turns dark, you may want to repeat the soap bath to remove more dirt.

Once Woolite bath water is clear, empty pan and replace with fill with clean water stream until garment is completely rinsed out of any soap.

When ready to remove from water, DO NOT WRING OR HANG (this can distort the shape). Place flat sweater on a thick towel or two. Fold over and gently pat water. Loosely roll towel to absorb excess moisture.

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Now that the sweater is not so heavy, it can air dry, flat without dripping. I recommend a netted drying rack. Hanging the garment to dry may cause sagging of the fabric or distortion due to weight of these types of clothes. Heavy beaded sweaters and dresses should be stored folded in a cedar lined chest or drawer, when dry.

lay flat to dry too