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Laundry Help Please

I'm so mad at myself, there's this blouse that I haven't worn in ages, that I'm finally small enough to wear again. It looks fabulous and is one of the few things that actually fits me.

Well, I went to wash it, and I completely forgot that it's dryclean only. I only washed it, I didn't put it in the drier, but it still shrunk.

It was 53% Acetate and 47% Rayon and I was sure it was in cold water, but it still shrunk horribly (and got wrinkled too).

Is there anyway I can fix it (i.e. if I take it to the drycleaners, will that help), or do I just toss this one too?

Any suggestions welcome :/

Edit: I should specify that the material kind of crinkled up, it didn't shrink exactly... like you can stretch it out to it's previous size, I just can't make it stay stretched. It's definitely not like it's my former blouse in miniature, it just sort of shriveled but is expandable.


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Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
I shall consult my mother the woman that managed to mend my trousers 7 times in a term when I decided to play rugby in them.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it would be ever-so-much appreciated!
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
Lets put it this way. You should be pregnant soon and wouldn't be wearing it for long anyway.

Thats me.. always looking on the positive side.

= )
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
LoL this is true... but still! I loved that blouse!
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
that I'm finally small enough to wear again.

Wait. You've lost weight? Well, you'll be pregnant soon. That's how it works. I lost ten punds and BAM, I was pregnant with my daughter.
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
I have... I've lost about 15 lbs. (See my memories for the "Weight Watchers" tag.

You're right of course, probably silly to be stressing since I'm trying to have a kid :/
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
I'd try stretching it back out while ironing it dry at a temperature safe for the fabric. Hopefully other folks will have good suggestions too.

I send rayon (though not a blend, I think) through the dryer, personally. I have no patience with "dry clean only" when there's no reason for it. The only problem I've run into is that sometimes a manufacturer uses cotton thread for the seams, which shrinks and gives a ruffled look to everything. Stoopid manufacturer tricks.
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've had that problem too... drives me nuts!

I'm thinking that perhaps the problem was the acetate, and not the rayon... or maybe it was a combination of the two that did me in? Either way, I have nothing to lose, and I will most definitely be trying your advice!
Jun. 7th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Did it work? huh? huh? do tell! :)

I hate losing a good article of clothing.
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
hmmm...my only suggest would be to start dropping bday hints. Looks like you have one coming up soon. :p
Jun. 4th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hehe, yes, this might work too :P
Jun. 4th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
You were big?!
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Not big, but I was bigger than I am now. But you know this, you've been following my Weight Watchers progress.
Jun. 4th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
give it to the salvation army or some other suitable charity
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try ironing/stretching combo, and if that doesn't work, then yeah :/
Jun. 4th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
tight fit? sounds hot
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
There's tight (which is hot) then there's too tight (which is not).

This one is definitely too tight.
Jun. 4th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
I had a pair of pants to a suit do that a few months ago. They did fit(barely) but now they look like they would only fit Tattoo(fantasy island guy-not the faux lesbians from russia).
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Shrink
Oh no! it drives me positively nuts when that happens!
Jun. 4th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
Women don't wear clothes! You don't need no stinkin blouse!

That sucks though :( That's why we only shop at the swapmeet :X
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
I suspect all my co-workers (all females) would have a problem if I started showing up to work naked :P

I think I'm banning acetate material from my list of available clothes to buy.

Welcome back to lj btw :D
Jun. 5th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
I hate it when this happens!
I was going to suggest ironing, but someone else already did.
alternately, and more fun:
get pregnant, stretch it out with that belly... ;)
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'll try the ironing, but I think that if that doesn't work, to the Sally Ann she goes!
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