For those who remember, I’m making bridesmaids dresses. I’ve got the fitting issues resolved, now the fabric has arrived.
I’ve only ever sewen 1 garment at a time and knew how to handle that prewashing. I don’t think throwing the whole 25 yards in the machine is a good idea. I’m concerned about shrinkage, but the bolt says 100% polyester machine wash and dry.
My next thought was to cut into lengths of yardage called for each top and each skirt; ie. 1 1/2 top and 4 for skirt. Wash those pieces. In the past, I’ve basted the sides closed, and washed doubled. I’ve also washed my fabric flat out open; no basting, yet sometimes it frays too much.
Before I start this expensive monumental task, I’d welcome any guidance. Realistically the girls will NEVER wear these gowns again, so I was tempted to not wash – and just tell them them to dry clean it if they wanted to ever wear it again – obviously you can see I’m not well tuned in to single use projects like this.
Thanks for your help. Jackie