Death by Iron: What Now?
July 24th, 2014
Today’s tip is very simple: do not multitask while ironing.
A while back I was pressing my favorite unlined, unstructured linen suit when my phone rang. I took the call, leaving a hot iron standing upright on my ironing board, pants strategically laid flat.
While ritually pacing back-and-forth during a conference call about an upcoming shoot, I cut a whiff of burning. I dropped the phone and sprinted back toward my walk-in closet (the second bedroom in my apartment), but it was already too late. A gust of wind had come through the window and knocked the iron (set to max heat for linen) face-down onto the pants.
The pants were officially scorched and ruined. And of course, the Ariston fabric is out of stock, which means I can’t have a replacement pair made.
So now what?
I figure these are my options:
- Cut the pants into shorts
- Cut the pants into 3/4 length capris
- Fabric-block the pants from the knee down
- Take them apart and use the fabric to make something else…maybe a summer tie?
- Use the iron to create an “all over print” of iron scorch marks
- Attempt to dye the entire pant a dark shade to mask the burn mark (perhaps dark tobacco brown?)
- Give the pants to Alex, maybe he can crop them short enough to wear
This was one of my all-time favorite suits, too…
What do you think I should do?
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye on those irons.
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford