dont you hate it every summer, you go to get your lovely white dresses out and there are all these yellow marks over them? apparently, even if your clothes look clean and there are no apparent stains, you should still wash them before you put them back, especially clothes that you dont wear that often. its the body fluids, grease etc, even from your fingertips that remains on the fabric. I have so many antique clothes, that they actually disintegrate with too much washing, so i dont wash everything each time. anyhow, i have discovered that if you soak them in Ecover bleach- i have only done this with white things, then the yellow stain miraculously disappears! i am not guaranteeing it for everything, but the few times that i have tried it, its worked for me. Apparently baking soda acts the same, so I may give that a try next.
incidentally, my beautiful victorian blouse that i wear rips everytime, so i now sew vintage lace ribbons into the holes to patch up and it seems to not only cover the hole, but adds to the quirkiness of the blouse. i used to just hang them in my bedroom as decoration, but have decided that its silly not to wear them. i tend to buy my vintage ribbons from the cloth house, they have a lovely selection as well as interesting fabrics.
Teowa is a violin teacher and actress and is one of my constant muses; the vintage dress I bought from a shop in spain, apparently it was the owners grandmothers dress…. sadly the shop isn’t there any more. I really miss photographing people at the moment, its going to be one of the first things I am going to do when the rules allow…….