9 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Clothing


We know how much your clothing means to you.  Our customers have spent top dollar on their garments and often ask us how they can make them last. At some point, even the best made pieces will begin to pill or deteriorate but with a few little tricks you can extend a garments’ life.  We put together some tips to be sure your clothing lasts as long as possible.  

1). All items, even those worn only a handful of times should be professionally cleaned before seasonal storage.  Bacteria can grow on garments that have not been cleaned and can attract hungry larvae.

2). Clean a stained item as soon as possible.  Permanent fabric bonding can occur after a few days which sets the stain.  Once a stain is set, there is no guarantee that it can be professionally removed.

3). Beware of “invisible stains.”  When clothes have been exposed to perspiration, perfume, alcohol, soda or sugar from food or drinks, they should be cleaned right away.  Invisible stains will dry clear but if hung back up and allowed to set they will eventually re-appear as bleached and darkened splotches, many times after cleaning.

4). Cigarette smoke lingers in fabrics and can cause yellow discoloring if not cleaned.

5). Never try to remove a spot from a tie or pocket square.  Because they are cut on the bias, even a small amount of rubbing will cause them to twist and stretch out of shape.

6). Apply cologne and perfume and let it completely dry before getting dressed to prevent your garments from being “bleached” by the alcohol they contain.

7). Wearing a scarf under a leather jacket, or any jacket for that matter, prevents soils and oils from creating a shiny, slick sheen around the neck.

8). Folding sweaters and rolling linens helps them last longer.  Knits  will stretch and fray on the hanger especially at the shoulders.  Hanging or folding linens will create permanent creases and wrinkles.

9). Clothes will look newer for longer when stored away from natural light, in a cool, dry place.  Extreme temperatures will attract insects and hurt fibers.  Avoid mothballs and try cedar and lavender instead.  

We know your clothes are important to you because they’re important to us too.  These are some of our best tips to keep your clothing in great shape for years to come.  Unfortunately, garments won’t last forever but with proper care, you can give them their maximum life expectancy.

Best Fit: State College Seamstress and Tailor

Do you ever wonder how some people look AMAZING in their clothing?  They may be wearing the same jacket or pants as you are but they somehow look better in it?  More than likely they use a tailor so that their clothing is tailored to fit their body perfectly.

None of us are a standard size.  Some of us are size 8 and tall, or short, or with large hips or narrow shoulders.  So how can so many people fit into one size?  They can’t.  That’s why some garments look better on certain people depending on their body shape.  But there is a way to even the playing field and that’s through professional tailoring.  

Not every garment you wear needs to be tailored but it’s recommended for suits and other professional clothing that’s supposed to be fitted. So what do you do?  Always buy an item so that it fits the largest part of you; whether that’s hips, chest or shoulders.  It’s much easier (and cheaper) to take in items than let them out, so don’t avoid purchasing garments that are snug.  Ill-fitting garments make you look sloppy and bigger than you actually are, regardless of whether they’re too big or too small.  The best part is, if you find a great deal on a sale rack, you can purchase the piece knowing there’s only a small additional investment to get it fitted to you!

Remember, a professional and reputable tailor will know how to measure and fit you.  We have 2 amazing full-time tailors with over 60 years of combined experience at our Beaver Ave location.  Lisa, Caitlyn and Sunhee can do all of your standard tailoring but have also created custom draperies, dresses and worked extensively in bridal.   Call  today 814.237.8066 to schedule an appointment!