Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my coat! I have been wearing it every day to walk to work. Although almost all the snow has gone from round here it’s still pretty cold. This, however, is not a snowscape.
It’s how the fabric for my latest project came out of the wash. Or rather, how one of the fabrics came out. The dress has two different coloured fabrics: a black base and cream trim. Both are lovely medium-weight cotton drills with a little cross-way stretch. The black fabric has come out of the wash with barely a wrinkle. I almost don’t need to press it before cutting. But I rather fear the white isn’t going to recover from its trip through the machine no matter how hard I press! Still, at least I found out now rather than after finishing the dress. It may be saveable; I’m going to get the iron going and see.
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Ah, I had exactly the same thing happen with some light grey stretch cotton drill. I pressed it and couldn’t get the creases out, but I did give up after that (the muslin I made for the project I had in mind – capri pants – didn’t come out well). I wonder…if it was ironed damp…?
I hope you can save yours. It’s so annoying when you see your money go down the drain just like that.
Maybe a blog-o-friend will have some helpful advice (not me, I’m afraid!)
hmm, I’m afraid I can’t offer any help here. I’ve never had something like this happen to me before. I hope you are able to fix it though. Good luck!!
I hope someone has a solution for you! Sometimes a second wash and a much more gentle spin reduces wrinkling for me. I’m guessing that you are not line drying these fabrics though, just at the moment. I would have expected a dryer would overcome any overenthusiastic spin cycles!
If you machine wash it at the 2nd highest spin speed (or at around 600rpm) then it comes out still a bit damp and thats when you should press it (with a little steam). That should get all the wrinkles out. This works with pure cottons but I don’t know what you’d do with a blend because you wouldn’t be able to use the cotton setting on your iron (it would be too high).
Oh and also when washing pure cotton (or silk) always use a low speed spin. High speed crushes the fibres and overtime destroys the integrity of the fabric. Better to leave it a little damp and line dry, the weight of the water also helps straighten the fibres out as they dry.
Ooh, I hate wrinkles. And ironing! And living in a flat, we don’t have any space for line-drying, so everything’s always tumble-dried, which makes everything worse! I hope you manage to sort it out – the above suggestions are what I would try.
Perhaps it’ll cheer you up to know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award!? http://magpiemakes.blogspot.com/
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