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Prewashing gabardine

njneedler | Posted in General Discussion on

Years ago I read an article about tailoring gabardine in which the author talked about washing wool gabardine. I assume she must have washed the wool in cold water, because hot water would have felted the fabric.

Has anyone done this?



  1. fiberfan | | #1

    I machine wash all my wool fabric on the delicate cycle using cold water.  Gabardine washes well.  If I don't let the wash spin the full time on both wash and rinse, most of my wool skirts don't need to be ironed.


    1. njneedler | | #3

      Thanks for the info.I hate dry cleaning and now I can make washable gabardine clothing.Barbara

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    I have done the same as Fiberfan to wool gab.

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    clairezbo | | #4

    I have been taught an easier way. I dampen a sheet, (really damp), and then i spread the wool on the damp sheet , and roll it up, let it set overnight. Unroll the next day, and press dry. Works great.

    1. stitchagain | | #5

      Is this to prewash the fabric only?  Once tou have made the garment do you wash the way the others have discribed?


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        clairezbo | | #6

        I only do this too preshrink the wool. I have it dry cleaned after that. Usually I line what ever i am making in wool. so dry cleaning is the only option.

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