Cashmere How-To

I found this great Talbots cardigan while thrifting, last week, unfortunately when I got home I realized two things.

  1. A Talbots size small is too big for me
  2. I have no clue how to wash cashmere


I REALLY liked the color and feel of the of the sweater, so I decided to attempt a make shift alteration. To make the cardigan smaller I did the following

  1. Located the side seams
  2. With the sweater on CAREFULLY pinned two small sections to the cardigan to my desired fit (one section on each side).
  3. Removed the cardigan, with the pins still in
  4. Measured the distance from the seam to the pin on both sides, added the number and divided by two (this tells you were the new seams needs to go)
  5. Pinned the right sides of the cardigan together
  6. Created a new seam, by taking my number from step 4, and sewing that distance away from the old seam.
  7. Tried on the garment and made adjustments as needed.
  8. Clipped any excess fabric

After fitting the cardigan I had to wash it, because honestly wearing anything from a thrift store without washing it first is really gross. Thankfully I found instructions for hand-washing cashmere online (without a costly trip to the dry cleaners).

To wash cashmere you do the following….


1. Fill a sink with cold water and a small amount of detergent.

2. Put your cashmere in the sink and gently work the water/soap into the garment.

3. Remove the garment from the sink and run it under clean cold water until  you see no more soap suds.

4. Gently squeeze out the excess water

5. Lay the garment out on a dry towel, then roll up the towel with the garment inside.


5. Remove the garment from the towel and allow to dry on a flat rack (I didn’t have a drying rack, so I used a baby gate and two chairs)


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