Monday, 10 September 2012

Pre Shrinking Wool / Wool Crepe

I apologise now for the rather dull nature of this post, those who are not mildly fabric obsessed may wish to skip this one:)

I succumbed to this beautiful fabric when browsing the web...

 It is wool crepe and I am going to be making a peplum top with it but I had no idea how to pre-shrink it. After a quick search on google I came upon this site. I was sceptical that it could be so easy and actually work..

I decided to give it a go with my bargain wool blend coating material I bought last month to make my soon to be formed Abbey Coat. I overlocked the raw edges then flung it in the tumble dryer with 2 large towels that were very wet (hot water) but not dripping then put the dryer on for 40 minutes on high worked! The fabric came out looking great.

Next was the wool crepe, I did the same as above but the outcome was not as great.

 The material has shrunk a little but it has also lost its sheen and it has felted quite a bit. The drape is no longer as nice as the material is stiffer:(

I am still going to use it to  make the top but I think I will take my next piece of wool crepe to the dry cleaners to be shrunk!

Hopefully my next post will be either a finished top or coat...or maybe a living room with a ceiling...

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  1. You are so fun! I may not be "mildly fabric obsessed", but I do love good humor. ;) And certainly appreciate other people's creativity!

    Hope you have a great week, Alison!


  2. I knew you needed to pre-shrink cotton before use, I didn't realize you should do it with many other fabrics as well. That's great to know, seeing as how I am planning on using wool this week. Haha. Thanks so much for linking up to Tip Toe thru Tuesday. I hope we see you next week!

  3. Mmm - hot wet towels and a dryer! Thanks for sharing this - I know one day I will need it and hopefully will remember this post! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success