Costuming protip: When draping fabric on your/dressform/your friend, work from the top-down. Shoulders first, then to the bust, and side seams. That way, wrinkles and adjustments can fall in the right place. Photo attribution: “Dress formSerie1893”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/…/File:Dress_formSerie1893.jpg
In general, front-loading washers are much gentler on clothing than the top-loaders. The agitators in the top-loaders can stress your clothes. In contrast, the top-loading washing machines are better in dyeing fabric than front loaders. The agitator in water allows the dye to mix into the fabric evenly. Source: My
Want to make white shirts whiter? Dump ¼ cup of baking soda in a wash in addition to your detergent. Also, use one of the best brighteners around: the sun. In a sunny day, go hang your white clothing.