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VANITY--Laundry Question
me | June 23 2005 | grellis

Posted on 06/23/2005 6:19:03 AM PDT by grellis

Just a simple question for my FReepin' frineds: What is the best way to intentionally shrink 100% cotton?

I was given two summer dresses for my birthday, both of which are about 1/2 size too large. They are 100% cotton with a pretty tight weave--almost denim to the touch. The directions say to wash cold, tumble dry warm. Help!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: cotton; laundry; shrinkage

1 posted on 06/23/2005 6:19:03 AM PDT by grellis
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To: tiredoflaundry; Gabz; Tax-chick; netmilsmom

laundry ping


2 posted on 06/23/2005 6:19:53 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: grellis

Buy doughnuts. Eat. Repeat as necessary.


3 posted on 06/23/2005 6:20:31 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: grellis

Hot wash, high heat dry. If you don't want to fade them too much, don't use detergent, but do add brightener or color-safe "bleach."

Or you could send them to me for maternity use :-).


4 posted on 06/23/2005 6:21:22 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: grellis

Hot water?


5 posted on 06/23/2005 6:21:40 AM PDT by jtminton (Help stop second hand rap!)
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To: Tax-chick

Do you have another on the way?????
You are so cool!


6 posted on 06/23/2005 6:22:20 AM PDT by netmilsmom (There was no sign of a pile of gnawed hearts.....)
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To: netmilsmom

Yup - expected in early February, if all goes well.

FReepmail me about ideas for your shawl ... I'm feeling the urge to weave!


7 posted on 06/23/2005 6:23:11 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: grellis
Hmmmmmmmm , thats a tough one. Sometimes 100% cotton will "warp" when it shrinks. One arm longer than the other, back longer than the front,etc. But if you want to take a chance put the dryer on the highest setting, and keep checking! DO USE HOT WATER! That will fade the color!



8 posted on 06/23/2005 6:25:39 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (I hate Hurricane Season!)
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To: Tax-chick
Holy cow! That's GREAT!!!! Congratulations, TC!
9 posted on 06/23/2005 6:25:42 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: tiredoflaundry

But will hot water increase the likelihood of some shrinkage? I'm not too concerned about the color fading; one dress is an ultra-dark navy, nearly black, the other is khaki. They are both sleeveless. They are actually girl's dresses, size XL, which is around a 16. I usually wear a girl's 14. They are romper-style dresses, really, just something I'll wear around the house.


10 posted on 06/23/2005 6:30:03 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: grellis
But will hot water increase the likelihood of some shrinkage?

Yes it will! If you are not concerned on some color fading it will help with the shrinkage!

11 posted on 06/23/2005 6:31:38 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (I hate Hurricane Season!)
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To: grellis

Thanks very much. I hope your dresses shrink satisfactorily :-).


12 posted on 06/23/2005 6:37:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: grellis

The only suggest I have has been repeated several times - hot water and hot dryer.


13 posted on 06/23/2005 6:46:16 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Tax-chick

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful news.


14 posted on 06/23/2005 6:46:47 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: Gabz

Thanks (gag, retch, zzzzz ...)


15 posted on 06/23/2005 6:47:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: Tax-chick

You poor thing..............


16 posted on 06/23/2005 6:54:49 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: grellis

Rather than trying to shrink it, couldn't you just alter it? Take in the baggy parts?


17 posted on 06/23/2005 6:55:20 AM PDT by LuLuLuLu
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To: Gabz

It should only last a couple more weeks. I just have to eat all the time :-(.


18 posted on 06/23/2005 6:56:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: grellis

eat at the same restaurants and drink what ted kennedy drinks. presto. they will shrink before your very eyes.


19 posted on 06/23/2005 7:00:17 AM PDT by jw777
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To: Tax-chick

I was fortunate I didn't suffering from the retching - but I was constantly eating anyway :)


20 posted on 06/23/2005 7:03:50 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: jigsaw
*snort*   
21 posted on 06/23/2005 7:04:54 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Gabz

As long as I eat all the time, I rarely throw up. But I gain a ton of weight in the first three months (and I'm short and bumptious to start with.) Well, they'll love me at Weight Watchers again in March!


22 posted on 06/23/2005 7:05:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: Tax-chick

You're too funny!!!!!!


23 posted on 06/23/2005 7:35:06 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: LuLuLuLu
That would probably be the smart thing to do, although I am a horrible seamstress. Only problem is that all of my sewing gear--everything--is boxed up and locked up in storage across town. Digging through everything is my last-ditch option.

This wouldn't be a problem if I had something in the "balcony" section, if you know what I mean. Sad. If a woman happens to be small there, it affects how everything fits through the arms, neckline and shoulders.

24 posted on 06/23/2005 8:06:15 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: jw777

I could probably give Chappaquiddikennedy a run for his money in the eating department. I have the metabolism of a hummingbird, nothing sticks.


25 posted on 06/23/2005 8:07:42 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: grellis

Your local dry cleaners might alter them for a reasonable charge, or they may be able to recommend a good seamstress.


26 posted on 06/23/2005 8:11:34 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Three guys walked into a bar. The fourth one ducked.)
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To: grellis
This wouldn't be a problem if I had something in the "balcony" section, if you know what I mean. Sad. If a woman happens to be small there, it affects how everything fits through the arms, neckline and shoulders.

I understand that problem perfectly - I've got the same problem!

27 posted on 06/23/2005 8:14:09 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: missyme

Laundry Ping!

We knew it would happen.


28 posted on 06/23/2005 8:15:18 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (June 23, 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his "Type-Writer.")
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To: Gabz
What really irks me is that these are girl's dresses. No wonder teenage girls are looking to get implants! It is the only way their clothes will fit properly.
29 posted on 06/23/2005 8:21:17 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: grellis

YIKES - I forgot about that part of your original story.


30 posted on 06/23/2005 8:28:45 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: jigsaw

lol


31 posted on 06/23/2005 8:38:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: grellis

Nonresponsive to your question, but what the heck.

32 posted on 06/23/2005 8:39:53 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: grellis

33 posted on 06/23/2005 8:45:51 AM PDT by fishtank
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To: grellis

that's hot. LOL. Wish i could say the same for myself. I have to run at least 1.5miles per day, just to keep even. miss 1 day. add 5lbs.


34 posted on 06/23/2005 8:49:12 AM PDT by jw777
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To: grellis; Dashing Dasher

I say give the darn dresses back and say Do I look like a Sow? to you??? buy my right size for pete's sake!

OKay if that's to strong take them to the consignment store! that's my second job take many clothes to consignment it a great way to make extra cash and buy new clothes on a consistent basis, one day I am going to have my own Women's Consignment Store and I expect freeperettes to bring there clothes to me!


35 posted on 06/23/2005 9:07:31 AM PDT by missyme (Tell it like it is!)
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To: grellis

The dryer will shrink it a little as you just wash it normally.

Myself, I like things a little too big when it's hot out. Half a size is just moving room, IMHO.


36 posted on 06/23/2005 9:09:24 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: grellis

the drying is where the majority of shrinkage occurs, which is why on a lot of fabrics, they're instructed to hang dry. I would suggest drying in a heated dryer. I know it seems to work for me!


37 posted on 06/23/2005 9:32:47 AM PDT by Rushgrrl (~brought to you from the illegal-rich state of California~)
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To: missyme
If they were from anyone other than my mom I'd be pretty unforgiving but she's a dear. She just cannot buy me clothes--and frankly, at the age of 35, I wish she'd stop, as I have politely asked in the past. I feel awful not wearing what she buys me, knowing that she goes out of her way to pick out something I'll like (and I do like them, she has good taste).
38 posted on 06/23/2005 10:25:49 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: HairOfTheDog; All
I agree, except the extra 1/2 size is right through the torso. I hate the heat, too, and I hate wearing a bra in hot weather (I can EASILY get away without one, sadly). I don't want to be flashing folks when I haven't really got the esentials for flashing--that's why I'm trying for a closer fit.

I got all the errands done, now I can go do the laundry. I'll let everyone know how they come out. I know you'll all be anxiously waiting to hear!!!

Egad, slow Thursday.

39 posted on 06/23/2005 10:31:13 AM PDT by grellis (FEMININE-ist)
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To: Gabz

"This wouldn't be a problem if I had something in the "balcony" section, if you know what I mean. Sad. If a woman happens to be small there, it affects how everything fits through the arms, neckline and shoulders."
"I understand that problem perfectly - I've got the same problem!"

Ladies, there's a simple solution to our problem. It's called "stuffing with cotton what nature's forgotten."


40 posted on 06/24/2005 4:31:52 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: tiredoflaundry

...or include red socks in with the dresses. Every so often I do that to my underwear.


41 posted on 06/24/2005 4:43:49 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Tax-chick

Congratulations!!!!


42 posted on 06/24/2005 5:43:36 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America)
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To: grellis
I don't want to be flashing folks when I haven't really got the esentials for flashing--that's why I'm trying for a closer fit.

Safety pins.

43 posted on 06/24/2005 5:55:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Thanks!


44 posted on 06/24/2005 5:55:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: grellis
No wonder teenage girls are looking to get implants! It is the only way their clothes will fit properly.

Teenage girls have put on a lot of weight in the last 10 years. They didn't even have "Girls Size 16" when we were kids! Fat accumulates in the chest, as well as elsewhere.

45 posted on 06/24/2005 5:58:05 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Working Class Zero with wall-to-wall carpeting.)
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To: tiredoflaundry

Use Woolite for darks. It should help protect the dark colored dress. The Khaki, lighter should have less problem with noticeable fading.

I'd was them separately to stop chance of color bleeding.


46 posted on 06/24/2005 6:00:17 AM PDT by television is just wrong (http://hehttp://print.google.com/print/doc?articleidisblogs.blogspot.com/ (visit blogs, visit ads).)
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