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Date: 6/13/12 5:25 PM

I bought a silk jersey remnant a while ago and made it into a top. Now I notice after maybe half a dozen times of wearing it, that there is some damage from the seat belt rubbing which looks like pilliing. The damage is still slight, but noticeable.

Sad! Is there anything I can do to improve the way it looks? Will all silk jersey become damaged by the seat belt?

It has quite turned me off silk jerseys. I could turn the front piece inside out as a last resort, but any top that can't be worn in the car is not worth having.

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In reply to rivergum

Date: 6/13/12 6:03 PM

I can't help with the silk jersey, but one thing I did when I wore nice clothing and drove to work was to put a silky piece of cloth or a nice linen table napkin between the seat belt and my blouse. It saved me from a lot of wrinkling and rubbing on my delicate tops. I currently have a plush seat belt clip-type thing with snaps on both the upper and lower straps of my seatbelt that is typically used for children to help keep the upper seat belt down so as not to strangle them (and me too since I'm short) and that works in much the same way providing soft protection.
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Date: 6/13/12 6:40 PM

A fuzz shaver will remove the pilling, but it will keep on pilling unless you pad the seatbelt. It's not just silk jersey that seatbelts attack; those belts are quite rough and can easily damage most any fabric, especially over repeated wearing.

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Date: 6/13/12 7:41 PM

I bought a pair of leopard print covers that wrap around my front seat belts. Love those things and they are much gentler on my clothing.

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Date: 6/14/12 4:56 PM

Thanks Patty, hazelnut and Lynn. Looks like I will unpick the top, turn the front piece, - and get myself a seat belt cover.

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In reply to rivergum

Date: 6/14/12 4:58 PM

You're welcome. And by the way, it isn't silk jersey's fault; I ruined a gorgeous rayon/lycra top because of my car's seatbelt. Which is why my car now owns silky-soft seatbelt covers...and why one can purchase silky-soft seatbelt covers.

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