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Posted on: 5/5/06 8:17 PM
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If you have a fabric that must be dry cleaned, put a label in your finished garment so you won't forget.

When I bought some 100% rayon recently, the bolt said "dry clean only." I try to avoid dry clean only fabrics and usually throw caution to the wind and wash the fabric before cutting and sewing it, however in this case I was making a dress that would be worn very infrequently, so dry cleaning would be ok. But would I remember that it was dry clean only? I'm not very good at telling rayon from polyester. I saw that the store (G Streets) had some "dry clean only" care labels so I bought some. I sewed one in and now I won't forget.

I did a google search and also found "dry clean only" labels available on line from,, and there are some sellers on eBay as well.

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martinanne said... (5/6/06 3:40 AM) Reply
Good tip! You can also remove the Dry Clean Only label from garments you no longer need before disposing of them (aka repurposing them if you are like me) and save them to use in something new you make that needs this kind of label.
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