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Problems with stretch and wrinkling
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Date: 1/2/14 8:58 AM

I have posted a review of the skirt I made with this fabric and have mentioned my problems. This is a mystery fabric which frays very readily and stretches. When I finished my skirt, I pressed it - perhaps made a big error here. The skirt, which had been just a little crushed now looked really bad and it was clear that considerable stretching had occurred. My class tutor suggested steaming and patting but this has not helped.
I don't plan to wear the skirt now as it is too big due to my weight loss - but I did want to put it forward for judging in my sewing class.
Can anyone advise what I might to do rescue this skirt?
Is it rescuable for my class judging or should I do something else?

View of wrinkles in skirt before attempt to wear for review photo and view of fabric drape and fraying

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Thank you, in hope
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Date: 1/2/14 11:43 AM

Does that have fusible interfacing under it or is it just the fabric that's wrinkling like that?

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Date: 1/2/14 12:46 PM

There are fabrics that shrink when they are treated in to high temperature
There are fabrics that grow big .EG. Acryl is notorious for that. I think that it is wise to do little trials with washing and ironing in advance

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Date: 1/2/14 2:30 PM

I think rescue-able, unless that area on the front of the skirt looks like that, because of fabric actually being melted and changed that way, instead with heat of iron. If that is so, then it's probably more "molded into there" or " molded out of there" forever instead.

I would try to get the fabric to relax back into it's normal state, which would not be like that, unless some heat actually melted it probably. And just see what happens then.

To do that, since no one knows what it's made of but your sewing teacher thought it might be wool and silk, I think actually now, it might have had some spandex or lycra in it too, that might explain the big stetchy-ness factor. If so and the heat actually changed that, right in that place, and that no longer has the stretch there, and that loosened up and lost it's shape right there, (bad made fabric or good made fabric, I would not worry about that as that's water under the bridge now) and forever changed, then you might be stuck with that on the front of it.

The iron as used only made things worse, so I would avoid that anymore right now. Maybe 1st try if not worried about your bathroom wall paper, running the shower hot, with no fan on, letting the steam fill the room with the skirt hanging in the bathroom and see if that can somehow, "relax" that place out of your fabric that way. If that does not work, (and could even make things worse, I don't know) you have not yet tried actually wetting and soaking in water, the whole skirt and letting it dry in hopes to recover on the fabric. That might do it, or might not. But as a very last ditch choice I would try that. As you probably got nothing to loose by doing that either. If you really feel you would not wear as is. I do think a hip length sweater would cover that though. Since you sewed it, you probably have some fabric scraps even left over, you could do that with first just to even see what happens to those when in the sink with lukewarm water and swished around a bit. And then set to dry. If you do that though, I think you should not wring that skirt out (in case loosing the lycra stretch there even more if there is any) but instead press it between towels to get all the water out of it. Before letting it air dry flat.

Your skirt on the front of it there, actually looks like some black knit cotton/lycra yoga pants I'm wearing right now. On my pants, they are many years old, and have been though the washing machine and dryer, probably 50/60 times or more. About on time #40-50 there, all the lycra actually suddenly failed in two large places on both sides of the hips on my pants. As in failed, I mean totally lost lycra induced stretch in those areas. The cotton part of them remains much the same though. Of course that relaxing of the lycra on my pants there, makes them baggy, wrinkled and stretched out right there. That is never going to change, but it's O.K. with me, as I knew that washing black cotton/lycra yoga pants in the warm washing machine and tossing them hot dryer repeatedly would make them last not as long as painstakenly not ever putting them in the hot clothes dryer instead. I choose convenience there, over extra years wear looking good or such though. So now they are house and garden pants not going out in them kind of pants.

But if it seems you lost your stretch now in those places on the front of that skirt, maybe they are the same as my yoga pants lycra failure there.

You could also try the dry cleaners and see what they think, I actually very rarely dry clean anything, so don't know much about that. I don't know what to tell you actually as sometimes anything you try, can just make something worse too, as that is always a possibility, particular if you don't wash your fabric first, as then you don't know how it might react to actual water later either though.
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Date: 1/2/14 2:35 PM

Can it be lined, or is it worth it? If the fabric was inexpensive to begin with, I would salvage the zip and toss the rest of it. Life is too short to worry about a bit of fabric.

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Date: 1/2/14 3:08 PM

I think leather or fake leather applique looks nice on a winter wool skirt. If you can't get that place out of it, you could always put one of those just over it, then maybe it does not matter at all either? Even if you want to wear a shirt tucked in. It might look kind of very sharp looking with a big and long black or taupe color real or fake leather applique over it there, shaped in kind of a large zig zaggy and geometric lighting bolt shape or something like that on the front panel of the skirt too.

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Date: 1/2/14 8:12 PM

Here's my idea. Make a panel to cover the front of the skirt. Sewing Workshop has a pattern called the Eleven Eleven skirt and I think you could replicate it. click here A piece of lace, silk or batiste might work.
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Date: 1/3/14 3:42 AM

It's the fabric - no interfacing at that point.

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Date: 1/3/14 3:45 AM

I washed in advance and did basic fabric smoothing but didn't think to pores or use stream. Another lesson learned!

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Date: 1/3/14 4:00 AM

Thank you for your reply. The fabric doesn't appear to have Lycra in it - by that I mean that t there is no stretch in the dry fabric. I did prewash though I didn't press - lesson learned! I have washed cold now and next step is wash warm. I couldn't wear this as is, I'm afraid, even with a jumper sorry sweater. New Year's resolutions (one of many sewing resolutions!) is to be sure of fibre content of fabric. I'm going to catalogue my stash, most of which is mystery now apart from muslin/calico bought to use as muslins, some cotton chambray, a couple of other cottons and some crepe - I'm not now sure whether my 'wool' checks and tartans are pure wool.

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