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« on: June 10, 2008 10:50:18 AM »

So I'm working on my second pleated skirt, and seeing how easily pleats come out of denim(even stitch enforced!  Aghh!), I was wondering if there was, like, a cheap way to fix this problem.  My parents suggested starch, but doesn't that still wash out?

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        The fabric is 100% cotton.  I'm recycling my boyfriends Tripp pants that he decided were "too red."
        I'd love it if the solution was something in my cabinet, because i have no money and no good stores around here, but if there is something that would work for sure, please let me know!

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008 12:32:13 PM »

Smiley Dear Mom is right, starch will help tremendously.
What you want though is not canned spray starch but concentrated liquid starch, in the same aisle of the grocery store with the laundry soap- and it's cheap. You will water it down depending on how stiff you want your item. 50/50 starch/ water will be like cardboard when dry, but then you steam iron it & it'll wear beautifully.

Get a bucket/ bowl/ clean sink measure out equal parts water & starch. You might want to just fill with enough water to get the skirt fully soaked to see how much liquid you need, then squeeze out the skirt & start over with your starch & water mix. The skirt doesn't have to float, just enough so everything gets good & wet. Put the skirt in the solution, poke it till it's saturated (a minute is plenty), hang up to dry. Yes, it'll be all wrinkly looking because it's wet & it'll dry to the cardboard state. Once fully dry, Iron with a lot of steam & it'll look downright professional Smiley

Yes, some will come out every time you wash it, but a heavy starching like that will last a couple washes. Besides, it's a skirt, you can probably get away with wearing it 2-3 times before laundering. I wear my silk wrap skirt several times before washing cause it's such a pain to wash! (do you realize a circle & half floor length skirt can fill the entire bathtub space?)
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008 01:14:42 PM »

Ha ha!  Penlowe, you're great.  Thanks a ton!
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