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auragone
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Date: 12/6/12 0:43 AM

I'm making the skirt for Vogue 1247 out of a deep purple corduroy (skinny wales). I thought I was being clever by pressing from the wrong side and then pressing the seam/front pocket line with a press cloth in between.

Yea, well, that was dumb! I now have distinct press marks on the right side, especially around the seam allowances. My gut tells me there's no way to rectify this, but I thought I'd ask before I pitch the project. The good thing is that the fabric was free so I don't feel too terrible, but still, it'd be nice to salvage it and end up with a cute skirt.
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Date: 12/6/12 3:22 AM

I think you are O.K. there, so don't pitch it, as long as you were planning to wash it later. If you just pressed in press some marks with heat and steam (and did not actually melt or scorch the fabric) then the corduroy will recover and get all fluffy again (and I think your pressing marks will just vanish) as soon as the finished garment has been machine washed and gone through the clothes dryer, so no need to toss it and throw it away at all.

If you did not pre-shrink and wash it first and toss it in the clothes dryer before even cutting it out, to shrink it first, and were planning to dry clean it only afterwards, I don't know if all press marks would come out then or not? I always wash and pre-wash corduroy if sew with it, and so never actually bothered to have it dry cleaned at all.

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Date: 12/6/12 7:00 AM

Try a burst of steam from the iron with the fabric held up, ie not pressing down on the fabric with the iron. Usually works.

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Date: 12/6/12 11:54 AM

Thank you! The fabric was pretreated and I will try those strategies. (Phew!)

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Date: 12/6/12 11:58 AM

Next time you press your corduroy place it face down over another piece of corduroy face up. This acts like a needle board and keeps the fabric from crushing.

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Date: 12/6/12 4:44 PM

I like to put an envelope or strip of paper between the garment and the SA before ironing. This prevents the show thru.

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Date: 12/7/12 5:59 AM

For some reason vinegar comes to mind, along with a burst of steam. Natural corderoy fibers will regain their nap after being wet down and tossed in dryer. If you cut the fabric you can overcast the edges and toss in a laundry bag to check.

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