So this weekend, I am going to be making my best guy friend a pullover//henley type of thing.
I bought this fabric he loves [BRIGHT, bold orange and magenta stripes], it's very very sheer, and I was thinking of doubling it up, so it's not super girly, you know, two layers, and he would wear a t-shirt under it.
I am going to size it against a henley he already has that fits him well. I am not prewashing the fabric, because it seems too delicate.
Is there any reason it shouldn't keep its shape and size if he only handwashes it? I am just so nervous about it even fitting him at all, because a lot of his stuff seems to get misshapen and shrunken, I have no idea why. Hopefully the sheerness will be the only challenge in sewing?
any advice//stories about menswear, sheer fabric, washing, etc? Thanks
I wash everything that I get from a thrifty. Needless to say if it's a delicate item, I wash it on a gentle cycle in cold water. If it's heartier, I usually wash in warm. I prefer using a mixture of two parts liquid detergent to one part baking soda. You can also buy Arm & Hammer with baking soda already in it, but I like to use the real stuff. Baking soda both neutralizes odors and whitens without bleaching.
I second the vinegar thing. It gets out LOTS of smells. It will also remove armpit stains from natural fibers! However, NOTHING will take perspiration skank out of man made fibers. That is the only thing I steer away from at the thrifty . . . polyester shirts. Oh, and underwear.
awesome information, thank you very much. Now I am kind of excited, nothing to worry about!