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Roll Pack a Suit and Shirt

Roll Pack a Suit and Shirt

For work, I need to travel a fair bit domestically. And I need to wear a suit when I’m at work.

I hate having to take check-in luggage because it costs extra a lot of the time, it can get lost and it’s great to be able to get out of the airport quickly (not having to wait to pick up luggage). I also hate the inconvenience of trying to manage a suit bag.

I’ve done some research and done some experiments and come across the easiest and best way to be able to pack my suit and a shirt into my back pack. These are the instructions on how to roll-pack a suit and a shirt.

The advantages of rolling the suit up is that it minimises creases that you get from folding and it makes it a lot smaller and easier to fit into smaller places.

Step 1 – Make sure the shirt is ironed. This saves a lot of hassle later as a lot of hotel rooms have really crappy irons – if at all.

Step 2 – Get a large flat surface to be able to easily lay out your clothes to roll. A bed is perfect.

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Step 3 – Start with the shirt. Make sure at least half the buttons are done up and then lay the shirt face down on the bed with the arms stretched out. Try to smooth out any wrinkles before you start folding.

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Step 4 – Take one arm and match it up with the arm on the other side so that the shirt is exactly in half length ways. The collar should be out and at the top. Again, make sure the wrinkles are smoothed out.

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Step 5 – Bring the arms across to run down the length of the shirt. Try to get the arm to almost run down the button line.

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Step 6 – Starting at the bottom, roll the shirt into a cylinder – not too loose, but not too tight either. Smooth out the wrinkles as you roll it.

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Step 7 – When you’re finished rolling you should have a nice cylinder that has no wrinkles. Set it aside and get ready to do the suit jacket.

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Step 8 – Lay the suit jacket down on the bed face up. Make sure all the wrinkles are out and that it’s ready to be rolled. Then pick the jacket up by the collar and push the right hand shoulder into the left hand shoulder. It should fit nicely in and basically fold the jacket in half.

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Below is what it should look like once you’ve pushed the shoulder in and laid it back down on the bed. Make sure you line up the buttons and make sure the lapels are smoothed down.

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Step 9 – Fold the arm across so that it makes a rough rectangle. Ensure the arm on the inside is not crushed or wrinkled, but runs down the inside of the jacket.

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Step 10 – To ensure that the shoulder retains it shape and doesn’t get wrinkled, insert the rolled up shirt into the cavity where the shoulder is.

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Step 11 – Next comes the suit pants. Grab the pleats and hold them together to lie the pants flat down on the bed.

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Step 12 – Tuck the top part of the pants in so that the pants make a long rectangle that’s fairly even. Make sure that there are no wrinkles.

IMG_0120Step 13 – Fold the pants in half so that it makes a smaller rectangle.

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Step 14 – Place the pants onto of the suit jacket and shirt. Line up the bottom of the jacket with the bottom of the pants so that they lie flat.

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Step 15 – Start at the top of the jacket (where the shirt is) and roll down towards the bottom of the jacket. Roll it up firmly, but not too tight. Smooth out the wrinkles as you roll it.

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Step 16 – Find a plastic bag that’s around the same size as the suit rolled up. Make sure the bag isn’t wet or dirty. Place the suit roll in the bag.

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Step 17 – Squeeze most of the air out of the bag and then tie it up. This will help if something spills in your bag. It may not be waterproof, but hopefully it will help to protect the suit roll in case of a problem.

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Step 18 – Place it in the back pack or suit case and try not to crush it.

Step 19 – When you get to the hotel, immediately take it out of the bag and unroll it. Hang all the items up separately in the closet and let the wrinkles fall out. If there is no danger of it getting wet, exposing the them to some steam (eg hot shower) is sometimes good as well.

All going well, this technique should minimise the wrinkles and mean that the suit is wearable without having to iron anything. It also means that you can squeeze it into a backpack and avoid the check-in luggage hassles!

To complete the outfit, pack your socks into your dress shoes and then put them in a plastic bag under the suit in the backpack. If you’re wearing jeans when you travel, wear the belt you would wear with the suit to save having to pack it (or forget it). If you need to wear a tie, fold it and lay it on top of the pants before rolling.

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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Clothing

 

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Fat Laces (Tutorial)

Fat Laces (Tutorial)

So, back in the 80’s there was a bit of a trend around “fact laces”. Everyone wore fat laces in their Gazelles or Clydes. I love the old school look and find it really easy to slip shoes on and off when they’re done up properly…. and no tying of shoe laces. 🙂

I had to go through and teach my son how to lace his shoes, so I thought there might be other people out there who might want to know. Here’s the tutorial for how I put my fat laces in.

I will use my old beat up Gazelles to show how to do this. I had normal laces in there, so when I changed them over, I took some pictures. Here’s where you start…

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Next, obviously remove the old laces.

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Get one of the laces and insert one end through the eyelet as shown. I like to have the end on the inside of my foot, so the left foot starts on the right side, the right foot on the left.

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Once you’ve threaded it through, tie a knot in the end as tight as you can and as close to the tip as possible. This will stop the shoe lace coming out.

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Once you’ve tied the knot, pull the lace tight and tuck the end under the outer part of the shoe, but on top of the tongue.

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Next, thread the other end through the opposite hole, but leave heaps of play in the lace so we can tighten it later.

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Then thread the lace back through the next hole, so that the lace always comes UP on the right and DOWN on the left. (This will be mirrored on the other shoe). Then continue this, leaving heaps of room to play, all the way up the shoe.

 

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You’ll run out of shoe lace pretty quickly, but that’s okay. Once you come to the end of the lace, slip the shoe on to see how it will fit. You want to tighten it while it’s on, that way you know it will fit well when you’re finished.

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Once it’s on, tighten it up so that the laces are evenly stretched across the shoe – firm, but not taut.

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You will find that then there will be more lace left over so you can then take it all the way to the top. Personally, I have stopped one row down from the top as I wanted this pair to be more loose and able to be slipped on and off easily. For a tighter fit, go to the top row.

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Once you’re happy where the end will be, and it’s tight enough for you to walk around in comfortably, take the shoe off and place it back on your lap. You’ll need to secure the other end now.

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We’re going to tie a knot in the top the same way we did at the bottom, but to do that we’ll need to have enough lace to tie. To do this, firmly grab the spot where the knot will need to be (as close to the upper part of the shoe as possible)…

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…then pull the lace towards yourself. This will crunch the rest of the lace together (as above) and give you enough room to tie the knot.

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Once you’ve tied the knot, you can then pull the lace back to where it’s smooth again, but the knot will stop it from coming out. Then do the same with the other shoe, but in a mirror image of what we did above.

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When you’ve finished both shoes, try them on and walk around a bit. I usually do this for a day or two to let them settle in. There will be a bit of the lace poking out, but you can tuck that in. If the shoe is too loose, you can tie another knot closer to the shoe and it will tighten the whole lot up. If it’s too tight, loosen the laces from the bottom, stretching them slightly.

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Once you’re comfortable with how they feel, we need to get rid of the excess lace. Cut the excess lace off as close to the knot as you can, but make sure the knot is super tight as you don’t want it coming undone.

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Once you’ve cut the lace off, you’ll find that the knot will happily sit under the upper but on top of the tongue. It will look like you’ve magically got your laces to just hold the shoe together!

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There are places on ebay and such that sell fat laces. I’ve built up a stash over the years, but they are pretty easy to find. Happy lacing!

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Clothing

 

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