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Grrr STUPID Iron shine!
Poly content + too high heat = :(
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Date: 2/22/14 10:26 PM

So I'm making Simplicity 2860. It's my first foray into pants fitting so I started with some thrifted poly blend suiting that I had in my stash. I'm not in love with the fabric but the thing is, it's coming out pretty well so far and I was happy. Then I was rushing to finish before I ran to make dinner and started to press my darts without a press cloth - but neglected to lower my heat from having pressed my cotton facing fabric. Grr, I KNOW better! Obviously, I melted the fibers and now have a nice shiny dart outline and a shiny spot to the right of one dart. 90% of the time, I wear a blouse or top that's not tucked in, so the shine would be hidden if I left it. I do not have enough fabric for a new piece. The only other thing I can think of would be drafting a small yoke to stitch over the shiny dart.
I did try some gentle rubbing with white vinegar, just in case, but we're beyond that sort of help.
Thoughts please? PLEEEAAASE?

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Date: 2/22/14 11:01 PM

I would suggest slightly dampening the fabric and going at the shiny spots with a toothbrush. The important thing would be to use a hard-to-describe 'upstroke.' The idea is to roughen the fabric, bringing the flattened fibers higher, rather than sanding or rubbing them down.

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Date: 2/23/14 1:21 AM

Ooohhh, sorry to hear of your problem. I did this once (at least), too. As you say, if you don't tuck in your shirt, no one will see it. If you tuck in your shirt, probably no one will see it! But if it bothers you and you can't fix it, consider this a muslin and you now have a TNT pants pattern.

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Date: 2/23/14 3:41 AM

Use it as a toile..then make a fabulous one again😉.
Then pin a piece of silk organza from your ironing board so that the press cloth is used each time you go to the iron.

If your in love with the pants you made how about a contrasting wrap for the top of the pants

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Date: 2/23/14 1:35 PM

I'm trying the toothbrush now, Elona. I hope it helps a bit. I'm drafting a small yoke piece to see how it looks on my toile, then I'll decide if it should be placed or not.
But as SewLibra and Geejay say, it will at least be a wearable muslin so long as I remember long-enough tops.

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Date: 2/23/14 1:59 PM

Count your blessings it is on your pants and not on your carpet!

My cat was behind me when I was ironing. I tripped on his tail and dropped the iron. Even though I grabbed the iron immediately, I now have the sole plate of an iron clearly visible on my less than one year old Berber carpet in the sewing room.

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Date: 2/23/14 2:55 PM

ooohhh kajero! That's terrible. I'm so sorry. Yes, counting my blessings. As a teenager, I spilled a whole bottle of red nailpolish on our carpet. I thought my dad would throttle me, but thankfully, our carpet was old and it was the final push to replace it. He kindly asked me to be more careful next time. ;)

Elona! It helped!! Seriously! I tried dampening it with a bit of white vinegar and toothbrushing it kind of in a "flicking" motion. (As you said, hard to describe!) It's to a point now where I certainly can see it, but I don't think others will notice and my sweaters will cover it mostly. Phew!

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Date: 2/23/14 5:17 PM

Got to love those kitties!

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Date: 2/24/14 1:12 AM



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Elona! It helped!! Seriously! I tried dampening it with a bit of white vinegar and toothbrushing it kind of in a "flicking" motion. (As you said, hard to describe!) It's to a point now where I certainly can see it, but I don't think others will notice and my sweaters will cover it mostly. Phew!


I'm so glad!
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Date: 2/27/14 7:34 PM

In this situation I have taken the less sandy side of an emery board. Rub it gently on the shiny area, very lightly. I think you will find it helps. The friction from the sanding brings the fibers back up and dulls the surface. I highly recommend you try this on a similarly damaged fabric scrap first. I've used this technique quite a few times when I thought all was lost. Just use a very light hand.

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