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Subject: Durability?

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Date Posted: 15:34:13 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to: 's message, "Silk" on 16:37:54 03/11/01 Sun

Can anyone tell me how these silks are holding up in the dance costumes? Also, some of the girls perspire quite a bit. Does the silk stain, especially under the arm?

-I have found that the raw silk with fewer "bumps"in it holds up better than the bumpy kind. Also, it seems to wear in the areas that get rubbed alot (where the sleeves hit the sides, etc)

-To prevent staining, I fuse a synthetic backing to the side bodice panels. I use a heavier weight broadcloth in the bodice and I recommend dress shields and/or a tight short sleeved t-shirt.

-I have a silk dupioni dress!....... My mum mad me a solo dress entirely from silk earlier this year....and so far it's held up really well. We also lined it fully in the bodice and sleeves which has probably strengthened it. The colours havenít faded (yet, it's only a few months old).

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Date Posted: 22:35:50 09/18/01 Tue

-Yes, raw silk is dry cleanable. However, I would caution you to make sure all the *ingredients* are dry cleanable as well. Lots of the newer hologram fabrics and confetti dot fabrics are not drycleanable. I have been spraying my dresses with quilt guard making them a little more resistant to stains and dirt. Just a light brush with a clothes brush or lint roller will handle most problems. The beautiful lames and other sparkle fabrics can melt when they come into contract with the cleaning solutions that are used in a *dry clean*.

-I just finished my first dress -- velvet with lame appliques and confetti dot sleeves and skirt lining. Are you saying the only way to get it clean is to keep it clean? =-( I'm already planning my daughter's next dress -- are there similar but more "easy-care" fabrics available?

-If it is tissue lame, it can generally be cleaned. The confetti dot can't. You might get away with one or two cleanings, but don't count on it. Take fabric samples to a cleaners that does the cleaning "on site". They can dip them for you so you can see what will happen. Some fabrics get dull. Others disappear...

--There are diiferent qualities of confetti dot as well as lame. Some are drycleanable and some are not . I use all cleanable . The difference on the confetti dot is whether the dots are applied with glue or a high heat process.

-I do know a mom who has washed a silk dress. She fills the tub with water and immerses the dress, swishing it is sudsy water several times. She then rinses in the same manner until the water is clear and suds free. You might want to check with the person who made your dress. If the color is very intense there is more danger of bleeding. Be especially careful with red or purples.

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