Common Wardrobe Malfunctions: 19 Brilliant Tricks to Fix Them
How a paper clip can attach a button and an eraser can fix your suede bag.
Use a pencil to fix a zipper
If your zipper gets stuck moving up and down, lubricate its teeth by rubbing them on both sides with a lead pencil. To ward off stickiness in the first place, run over each new zipper with a piece of wax paper. The waxy finish will allow your zipper to move more freely. These other uses for wax paper will help you finish up the rest of the roll.
Attach a button with a paper clip
Don’t hide in your office if you lose a button at work. You can fix it easily. Using the holes made by the original thread, push a straightened-out paper clip up through the garment, through one of the holes in the button, down through another hole, and back through the second original hole in the clothing. Twist the ends of the paper clip together, and bend them until the metal lies flat against your garment. Now get back to work!
Fix a glove with a marble
If you have a glove with a frayed fingertip, let a marble come to your rescue. Place it into the fingertip so that the fabric is stretched out and smooth—the way you want it when you sew. Simply sew the glove back to working condition.
Use a magnet to wear a brooch without a pin
Grandma’s brooch may be beautiful, but do you really want to put holes in your favorite silk blouse to show it of? No, you don’t. And you don’t have to. Take off the shaft of the brooch and superglue a magnet to the back. Once it dries completely, hold it where you want it on your blouse, and put the opposing magnet on the inside of the blouse. The magnets will hold the brooch just like a pin—without the damage to your wardrobe.
Hide a stain with correction fluid
Your white blouse is perfect except for a dot of ink on the cuff, and you can’t get that drip of red wine out of the tablecloth. Use a tiny dab of correction fluid to cover the stains. Here are tricks to remove grease stains, to clean up blood stains, and get rid of ink stains.
Round up a broken necklace in a candy tin
Don’t let a broken necklace break your heart. Find as many pieces as you can, and store them in a candy tin. Take the tin with you the next time you visit the jewelry shop.
Protect your pants with bubble wrap
Keep unwanted creases from imprinting themselves on the slacks you hang in your closet by wrapping the hangers in bubble wrap. Roll a layer of bubble wrap around the hanger bar, making sure that the smooth side of the wrap faces the pants and the bubbles face the bar. Keep the wrap in place with duct tape. P.S.: Did you know that bubble wrap is not a generic term? It’s not! And neither are these words you didn’t realize were trademarked.
Replace an earring back with an eraser
The backs of earrings seem to have a magical—and disturbing—way of disappearing, often at crucial times. As long as you have a pencil cap eraser nearby, you can fix the situation pronto. Cut a small part off the eraser with a knife or scissors, and stick the eraser on the back of the earring to keep it in place.
Use staples or double stick tape to repair a hem
Staples and safety pins are good tools to use on a torn hem, but double-stick tape is even better because it won’t show. Lay the pants or skirt on a table, counter, or desk, and cut a length of double stick tape the width and length of the tar. Place the tape onto the hem, and then firmly press the two pieces of fabric together. Return to the world with confidence!