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Shirting Care 101 with Alex

  • Alex S. from our Brooklyn shop has honed her shirt laundering skills over the years and shared her fool-proof method for hand washing her Steven Alan shirting with us:


    Alex in her favorite Reverse Seam shirt

    Ever since moving to New York, I’ve become an enthusiast of at-home hand washing. For delicate shirting, vibrant colors, denim, cashmere, and even some silk blends, it’s an eco-conscious and far less expensive alternative to dry cleaning (not to mention better for your clothes). It’s also incredibly easy.

    You can use a delicate detergent such as New York-based Laundress, Seventh Generation, Method, or even your generic grocery store brand. I prefer to go with something unscented if possible.

    Usually I try to tackle coffee spills as soon as they occur, which, as your mom always told you, is the best way to combat stains. However, in the event you don’t carry a Tide pen in your pocket, I highly recommend making a paste of OxyClean and water, rubbing it on the stain and letting your Reverse Seam sit for twenty minutes before washing. Alternatively, a spray/rub of Folex (made for rugs, but kind to shirting too!) works nicely.

    Step 1:
    Plug your sink.

    Step 2:

    Turn your SA shirt inside out (it’s better for making sure colors don’t fade).

    Step 3:
    Pour a small cupful of detergent over the shirt. Fill the sink basin with cold water, and let it sit for a few minutes.

    Step 4:
    Gently knead the fabric.

    Step 5:
    Turn on the faucet, unplug the sink, and continue kneading until the water is no longer soapy.

    Step 6:
    Drape over your shower rod to drip-dry. Once it’s a bit on the drier side, transfer to a hanger until completely dry. Steam if necessary. I bought a hand-held travel-sized steamer on Amazon and I haven’t regretted it once.

    Step 7:
    Sport your fresh, economically-cleaned Steven Alan garb with pride and a pair of great jeans.

    Thanks, Alex! Don’t be shy about asking her for more laundry tips if you see her at our Brooklyn shop.

    This entry was posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 9:58 am and is filed under Shirt Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

One Response to “Shirting Care 101 with Alex”

  1. SoCal Sewing says:

    That’s a great method I will definitely try out. Being in the garment manufacturing business I have been spoiled with access to different chemicals that make stains magically disappear and I don’t even want to start thinking about how bad the exposure is for my health.

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