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Ironing puffy sleeves techniques + Bodyline blouse problems 
21st-Feb-2013 03:26 pm
Yesterday I did a heap of ironing, and while I was doing it I realised that ironing puffy sleeves is a nightmare. I hardly do the ironing anyway as it's something my mum does, I tend to do other things around the house. We used to have a sleeve board but my mum threw it away. I've also heard of a technique of putting a thick piece of card that is cut to the shape of the sleeve and then inserted so it keeps the shape of the sleeve and it doesn't bunch up. I don't have much thick cardboard around my house though...
How do you iron your sleeves?

A while ago I purchased Bodyline's L114 blouse. While I like it, the lace on the sleeves really bugs me, as it keeps doing this:

Does anybody have any advice on what to do? I've tried starching it, hair-spraying it, ironed it. No technique I've tried has been able to keep this flimsy lace up.
21st-Feb-2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
21st-Feb-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll look into it.
21st-Feb-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, my dad bought a professional steamer while I was away from home. When I came back to visit during winter break, he insisted on steaming every single article of clothing I brought with me. And proudly show off how perfectly creaseless they had become (even my scarves because I fold them up to wear them). My mom was all "Just be quiet and give him your suitcase; he wants to show off his new toy. He already went through my wardrobe and I haven't had to iron anything for a month. Let's see how long it goes."

Point is, steamers are amazing. Sometimes, they even make you want to steam everything in your wardrobe just because.
21st-Feb-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
When my dad bought a steamer he ironed my whole school uniform and when my friend came in the morning to walk for the bus he made sure she knew how creasless and flat my uniform was, which it was. Sorry that was a bit irrelevant but still steamers are good.
21st-Feb-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Seconding or thirding this, steamers are awesome. Previously to de-wrinkle my lolita clothes I would put them on my dress form over petticoats and spray them lightly with water and some small amount of vinegar and then let them dry. Repeat this every day and after a week they'll be wrinkle free!

But then I got a steamer for Christmas and they're frankly magical, they're not very expensive and get everything wrinkle free so quickly.
21st-Feb-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
27th-Feb-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
THIS MAN. Steamers! I love my steamer: $25 on amazon and I never iron. Waay too much of a pain.

ALSO. I discovered something with it: you can use spray starch on a blouse without ironing it! I always thought you had to iron it after, but I just steam my cotton blouses then spray some spray starch on them, pat it in with my hand, and leave them to dry. Exactly the same results with a TON less work! Thsi makes them nice and crisp and they wrinkle less through the day. This even works on dark blouses as I have a dark brown IW blouse I use this method on all the time.

Edited at 2013-02-27 08:22 pm (UTC)
21st-Feb-2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
About the lace of your BL blouse, if nothing else works, how about you make a couple of sincgle stiches to stich the lace on the sleeve were it sould be. If you do 1 single stich here and there you wouldnt damage the lace and you would probably be able to un-do them if you cnange your mind.
21st-Feb-2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I didn't think of this before. The lace on the bodice is actually stitched down like that, so I don't see why not.
Yep, going to go find some white cotton now.
21st-Feb-2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
I iron my sleeves with a hair straightener.
21st-Feb-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Short, puffy sleeves?
21st-Feb-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I've seen this done, you clamp the sleeve fabric between the straightening iron and iron it by going around the armhole.
21st-Feb-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
When put that way it does seem to make a lot more sense. Thanks. Maybe I won't have to invest in a steamer any time soon after all. :)
21st-Feb-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I've heard of rolling up a towel and putting it through the sleeves. I haven't tried it myself.
21st-Feb-2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I was just about to suggest that technique! It's how I iron my sleeves. :)
21st-Feb-2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
lol, I heard about it from you! ^_^
21st-Feb-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
OMG, I totally forgot telling you about it, haha!
21st-Feb-2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Also, any time you iron lace and some other fabric take a plain piece of fabric and cover the blouse/lace when ironing on a low setting. If you have too high a setting for some fabrics it may melt.
21st-Feb-2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
I do this already. :')
Made a mistake a while ago on a not-so-loli piece and had a cocktail dress stuck to my iron.
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