Oops, I shrunk it again

In my previous post, “I shrunk this, now what?” I was able to successfully “unshrink” a few items back to size.

Shrunk SkirtThis week I shrunk one of my favorite skirts.  The label states Machine Wash Cold, but my water was just not cold enough.

Admittedly, I live in a warm climate and the tap water gets warm.  So now I can only wash delicate items in the early morning or very light at night, when the ground water is cool enough not to ruin my clothes.  Or, I will ignore the machine wash cold, and just add more items to the dry clean only pile (less laundry).

The skirt shrunk a full inch above the lining.  The skirt hem was 1.5 inches below the lining.  Meaning that I have 2.5 inches to recover from my skirt in the “unshrink” process.

Skirt SoakI followed the same process of soaking my skirt in warm water (I know, that is what got me into this mess in the first place), and mixed in a generous helping of hair conditioner. After a few trials, I have determined that the longer soak is not as important as sufficient conditioner.  Determined to save my skirt, I let it soak 20 minutes. I started the stretching process immediately and continued gently smoothing the entire time as the conditioner worked its magic to loosen the fibers for maximum recovery.  Then I hung the skirt up to dry and hung a hanger at the bottom for extra weight to keep the skirt stretched out.Unshrunk skirt

Dry unshrunk skirt

 

 

Fortunately, the skirt is saved!  It is a smidge shorter than when purchased, but quite wearable.

Shrunk it againUpdate:  Several people asked about the fabric content for this skirt.  This skirt is a 70% Viscose Rayon blend (30% Polymide nylon-spandex blend).  If I had followed my own advice, I would have dry cleaned this skirt, since it is over 50% rayon.  Here is a handy post for more information of Fabric content and washing advice.

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