The Twelve Parties Of Christmas

A Holiday Season Spills and Splashes Survival Guide

Even the heartiest holiday reveler must pause to deal with an occasional party mishap or clothing care decision. Take heed of these clothing care tips and chances are you’ll be singing the “The Twelve Parties of Christmas”. 

On the First Party of Christmas, my closet said to me, “Why not wear this cheery red wool suit?” But when I put it on I was crushed at how crushed it was. Whats a quick rejuvenation for wool?   Hang it in a steamy bathroom. The moisture from the steam will remove the wrinkles.

On the Second Party of Christmas, my boss said to me, “Please forgive me, I just spilled wine on your beautiful silk blouse .” Should I take care of the spot immediately? How? Blot it; don’t rub. Light areas can develop from rubbing, which the dry cleaner may not be able to remove. Take it to your dry cleaner as soon as possible.

On the Third Party of Christmas, my best friend said to me, ” That’s a dazzling sequin outfit.” But how am I going to keep the sequins from falling off? If the sequins are sewn on rather than glued on, the risk of losing some of that glitter is minimal. It’s best to check before purchasing.

On the Fourth Party of Christmas, my silk dress said to me, “Please be delicate when you iron me.” How should I respond? Wrinkles should fall out of silk if allowed to hang properly. If ironing seems necessary, iron on a low temperature, 250-300 degrees.

On the Fifth Party of Christmas, my husband said to me, “Do you know if your new rhinestone sweater can be cleaned?” Should I risk the rhinestones? Be particularly careful when purchasing garments adorned with rhinestones or other jewelry. Take it to your dry cleaner before wearing to spot test for clean ability and colorfastness. If you are not satisfied with the results, return it. 

On the Sixth Party of Christmas, my neighbor said to me, “My white leather slacks are wrinkled. Should I press them after the dance?” What should I say? Most wrinkles will disappear after hanging the pants by the waist, away from other clothes. Pressing leather garments at home can ruin them. 

On the Seventh Party of Christmas, my cousin said to me, “My suede outfit got soaked in the rain.” How do I handle soaked suede? Hang it out to dry. Do not use a blow dryer or heater. When dry, brush with a stiff brush. 

On the Eighth Party of Christmas, my daughter said to me, “Do I hang up my knit sweater and skirt outfit or should I fold it? For once she wants my advice!! Keep knits in good shape by storing and cleaning them properly. Keep sweaters folded loosely with lots of room to breathe. If you must hang it up, fold it over a crossbar. Never hang a knit item on a wire hanger; this will stretch it out. 

On the Ninth Party of Christmas, my sister said to me, “I’m sorry my baby drooled on your red velvet dress.” How do I remove the milk stains? Blot the spot gently and take it to your dry cleaner. Crushed areas of wear can be improved by slightly brushing with a soft brush.

On the Tenth Party of Christmas, my neighbor said to me, “Don’t wear any gold lame cocktail dress to a crowded party in a hot room.” Whats so bad about that? Party goers need to be particularly careful of metallic fabric that can corrode if exposed to moisture. To prevent dampness to lame and other metallic, be sure to wear underarm shields that will help prolong the life and looks of your special outfit.

On the Eleventh Party of Christmas, my mother said to me, “How are you going to clean your new beaded top after the soiree?” The beads on many outfits are made of polystyrene, which looks like glass. Polystyrene should not be dry cleaned but washed as long as it is attached to a garment that is washable.

On the Twelfth Party of Christmas, my father said to me, “You’ll look gorgeous in this new fur, just be sure to care for it well.” How do I protect this investment. Furs, leathers and suede should be kept clean by keeping them covered with a cloth, not a plastic garment bag. Each should be cleaned annually by a dry cleaner who specializes in cleaning furs. Special storage facilities are recommended for seasonal storage of furs.

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