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Date: 7/13/12 7:07 PM

I just got this darling linen from Elliott Berman (and might I mention that it arrived in 36 hours flat?!?):

floral linen

I have washed linen to shrink before, but want to make sure that the bright print on the white background doesn't run. Any tried and true methods for making sure my sundress doesn't end up streaky?

many thanks!

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Date: 7/13/12 9:32 PM

The website won't come up just now, but frankly, if it were my linen, I'd cut a generous swatch and treat it just the way you pre-shrink your regular linens. That will tell you what you need to know about both shrinkage and color fastness.

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Date: 7/14/12 6:36 AM

Shout Color Catcher or an eqivalent works great...just be sure to throw in 2-3 sheets the first time you wash the fabric.

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Date: 7/14/12 10:45 AM

Just add a generous amount of vinegar to washer that should set the color. works for me!

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Date: 7/15/12 7:43 PM

I'll be trying all three of these suggestions! Thanks

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