Not a snowy landscape

15Feb12

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.



7 Responses to “Not a snowy landscape”

  1. 1 alice

    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!)

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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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