Vintage Garment Care by Maru Aldea


Although garments made in cotton or polyester can be hand or machine washed in the same way you would care for a modern piece of clothing; I recommend washing the garment by itself in the delicate cycle and line drying to maximize life cycle of garment.

Silks, rayons, and wools need more attention. Most silks SHOULD be hand washed in warm water.

Do not use harsh detergents and never apply chlorine bleach to silk, which will cause permanent damage.

It’s also important to treat wet silk gently. Do not ring or twist, and always blot rather than rub when spot treating.

Rayon can also be hand laundered, though it is more prone to shrinking or warping than silk. Rayon crepe is particularly susceptible, and should be dry cleaned to remain safe.

Wool garments can be tricky to clean, and it’s often best to consult with a professional dry cleaner to find the best method for your particular garment. If a wool garment is lined, this can also affect the choice of cleaning method. Wool sweaters and knits are generally fine to gently hand wash in lukewarm water.

Do not wash garments made of Acetate in the washing machine. These should be dry cleaned.

Woven dresses, suits, and coats often need a professional cleaning.

Spot cleaning is recommended for treating small spots or spills.

Make sure to use gentle detergents and dilute any harsh spot treatment detergents in warm water.

Use a dry iron on low for anything structured like a blazer or jacket--do not steam as it may affect the shape.

Do not iron shiny or embellished fabrics and always steam on a low setting.

Please test steaming or ironing on a small area first in a low setting.

Below is a sample of garment care symbols and what they mean.


Measuring to! by Maru Aldea


Your personal  measurements make you unique.... Here’s how to and best tips.

STEP 1: Find a proper measuring tape you do not want to measure yourself with a cloth measuring tape (they stretch over time) or a rigid measuring tape for the home. Dritz brand measuring tapes are great and will hold their shape while being flexible/soft enough. You want to measure yourself in your undergarments or as you would be while wearing clothing. *If you wear a bra, measure your bust with a bra on to get a more accurate measurement. *If you plan to skip the bra or you’re measuring for a bra, you may want to do this naked.

When measuring yourself DON’T suck in your belly. BREATHE...Relax your body but have good posture as that can alter and give incorrect/warped measurements.

Don’t get caught up in the numbers. How good you look has little to do with your size and a lot to do with how pretty and well fitted your clothes are.  Highlight what you like best about your body!

STEP 2: Stand in front of a full length mirror with your tape in hand and notebook. ESSENTIAL MEASUREMENTS ARE: BUST/CHEST WAIST HIPS INSEAM (THINK PANT LENGTH).

STEP 3: Measure your waist. You should measure your waist  around the smallest part of your midsection. Usually this is above your belly button and below your rib cage. Wrap measuring tape around waist (snugly) NOT tight.

STEP 4: Measure your hips. When you measure your hips, you need to measure around the fullest part of your butt. *not around your hip bones* Again, do not tighten measuring tape.

STEP 5: Measure your Inseam. This is the measurement that determines where you want your pants to hit (mid calf, ankle, etc) this also depends on what type of  pant you are purchasing. To measure your inseam, you need to measure from your crotch down to where you want your pant leg to end.

STEP 6: Measure your Bust/Chest. You need to measure your bust/chest around the biggest part of your chest. Make sure your measuring tape is parallel with the ground. Another good measurement to know is overall length. This will determine where your tops or dresses COULD end. 

You can measure overall length by measuring from your the highest point on your shoulder.

*Having a friend or a tailor help with this measurement is ideal.

Knowing your measurements is super helpful nowadays  since sizes vary so much. They are also helpful when you are shopping for vintage as most shops will detail measurements for customers on their online listings. So go get a measuring tape and a friend or go to your local tailor and go get measured! Hope this helps!