File this post under “lesson learned”.
Emily and I hit paydirt at an estate sale a few weeks ago, coming away with two fabulous vintage dresses for less than a Mc-whatever. Unfortunately, the former owner was a smoker, and the dresses were in dire need of fresh air and chemical rehabilitation.
Enter: a brief history lesson on fabric. Wool knit is a sumptuous blend that offers designers the opportunity to hug curves in all the right ways. Wool knit is timeless, classic, and always good. Unbeknownst to me, wool knit is also a moth’s favorite closet snack. I believe it could be proven that the more desirable a garment, the tastier it becomes.
Enter: a brief history lesson in entomology and dirt. Knit, by its very nature, has tremendous capacity to hold things: scent, shape, style, grime, and moth spit, which is why one is better off not drycleaning (which isn’t really dry, but that’s another thing) vintage wool knit. Because, when one doesn’t attack with chemical cleanser, one is oblivious to the moth feast that occured on the aforementioned dress. (Honestly–this dress was peppered by a moth-shotgun.) Because the holes are held together by–you guessed it–dirt. And moth spit.
So, lesson learned: Don’t buy smoky wool knits. And if you can’t resist, don’t bother cleaning them. (Editor’s note: be careful when cleaning’ any vintage clothing.)