Well she knows that if garments are laid aside carelessly, folded badly, or hung up without due regard to the set of the coat or skirt, their appearance will be far from pleasing when next they are worn.
Whenever possible, coats, skirts, and costumes should be hung in preference to keeping them in a drawer or box, however carefully folded.
For skirts, there should always be two loops on each side on the waist-belt. Dress bodices and coats usually have the loop placed at the neck, although many people prefer a loop under each arm by which to suspend them. Princess gowns can be suspended by loops sewn inside at the waistline, or under the arms.
The better plan, however, is to use some of the many forms of hangers that are now provided for the woman who wishes to care for her clothes when not in use.
When arranging the interior of a hanging wardrobe, in order to utilise the space to the best advantage, one or more bars should be fixed from side to side, or from back to front, on which the hangers can be slipped. The racks in use in shops give one the idea. Another plan is to screw some hooks into the under side of the shelf which usually forms the top of a hanging cupboard or wardrobe.
The simplest form of hanger, which answers its purpose admirably, is the curved wooden arm, with a metal hook in the centre. It costs only a penny or two, and is slipped into the sleeves of coat or bodice.
Folding metal dress hanger, with hook for skirt, a space-saving device for a wardrobe
Another folding metal hanger is provided with a small hook from which the skirt can be hung while the arms support the coat, thus only taking one hook in the wardrobe. This folds into very small compass, and costs about sixpence. For skirts, a very simple but most satisfactory device consists of two metal bars, some four inches long, and covered with felt, between which the skirt band is tightly gripped. The bars are controlled by a sliding ring, and such a holder will carry two skirts if required.
When putting a coat on a hanger, always slip the hook wire through the loop at the neck of the garment. It is also a good plan to button the coat across.
Starting with the fundamental principle of the dress hanger, namely, a means by which the dress may be stored without being crushed or pulled out of shape, a well-known firm has brought out a number of these useful contrivances.
One consists of two bars of polished wood hinged to the wall. Between these the skirt, folded evenly and smoothly, is slipped and drawn up till clear of the ground. The bars are then fastened together with a clip, and the upper portion of the skirt falls over to one side. On the other side is a hook to carry a hanger for coat or bodice.
A one-piece gown may be placed between the bars and brought over as far as may be necessary to raise it from the floor.
A very practical hanger for princess or one-piece gowns is shown in one of the illustrations. The arms are slipped into the bodice in the ordinary manner, then the whole gown is folded over the lower of the two bars. In this way the most delicate robe hangs quite freely, and the whole weight is taken at the centre.
By the addition of a third bar, trained skirts can be adjusted without risk of trailing on the floor.
The half-crown asked for either of these two last-mentioned hangers cannot be considered an excessive price.
The same firm construct a light cabinet, fitted with racks and hangers complete. The wooden framework is arranged to take to pieces, no nails being used in its construction. The framework is filled in with panels of cretonne or patterned chintz.
Such a cabinet holds from eight to twelve dresses or costumes, and would be invaluable to anyone moving about from place to place.
If a slight perfume to the clothes is liked, tiny silk bags containing powder, scented as desired, should be attached to the hangers by narrow ribbon. Another plan, especially useful for very thin gowns, is to pad the arms of the hanger with cotton wool. On this can be sprinkled the perfumed powder, and the whole covered in silk. This method ensures a rounded surface, and prevents a flimsy fabric showing any mark from the hanger.
A little thought devoted to the care of clothes when not in wear will save money, for they will last longer, and look well to the last. A badly creased coat or skirt pulled out of shape infallibly shows a careless dresser.
Princess robe in position on hanger ready to be hung in wardrobe
Wardrobe fitments to take skirts without creasing. A coat hanger may be fixed to one side of the bars. Such an arrangement effects a great saving of space
Po table binet fitted with bars and hangers for coats, skirts, and costumes of all types nnovation Agency