Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I couldn't resist

We finally visited our beloved discount fabric store after the flooding in June.
Here is what I found and bought for just over 100 euro (I actually got a pile of buttons, zippers and other notions in that total, also)!
There is more info over on my blog, but I have a question for you ladies that have been at this longer than me.  The place is super dusty (and now moldy) and I purchased that suiting and wool tweed fabric that is clearly not washable.  How do you pre-treat dry clean only stuff?  Do you sew it first, then send it to the cleaners?  Help appreciated!

10 comments:

Jacq C said...

Wow, what a haul. I made a wool cape erlier this year and wasn't sure about how to pre-treat it. I read a lot of tips - lots of people seemed to take their yardage to be dry cleaned before cutting out, some put it in the tumble dryer with a damp towel (I don't use my dryer ever - not sure it still works!). I decided to steam it myself, to avoid shrinking after the garment was made. I followed directions on 'Diary of a Sewing Fanatic' blog - it worked really well :)

SarahLizSewStyle said...

All your cottons, linens etc - hot wash and out in the sun to deal with the mould. Wools, not sure what you should do here - I have washed plenty in cold water - although you are never advised to do that. Usually I get away with it, and on instances where it was not a good idea - the wool shrank or felted, I have used that anyway - it's still fabric. If you are going to dry clean it later, have it dry cleaned before making the wool up - there can be some shrinkage even with dry cleaning. Also, you want to make sure the fabric handles dry cleaning (or whatever method you use) before making the garment up. It's not just about shrinking, it's also about how the fabric performs when cleaned by whatever method.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

P.S. Love your haul...

Heather said...

Yes, I would try the dry trick, but everything is so dusty! Dry cleaning might be the only answer.

Heather said...

Well, maybe I can try a handwash method on a small piece. I have soooo much fabric, it shouldn't hurt.

Heather said...

Thank you! Me too!

Heather said...

BTW, there isn't any visible mold on this stuff. The place is just generally dusty/moldy/musty. I don't think there is any mold damage.....

Mary said...

What a great shopping trip-as for the wool question, I have both washed wool in cold, and steamed it. I dithered about what method to use, and in the end, steamed it in the dryer and laid it out flat over the sofa.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Yes, small pieces to test are a good idea. I measure the piece first - I use a piece of paper and mark where the fabric comes to - all sides. And worse case scenario, if when you do the large piece something goes wrong, the fabric might work for something else. I've had plenty of oh no learning experiences !

redpointtailor said...

A lot of amazing fabrics! I am afraid I will have the same issue soon! The fabric market is approaching :-)