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AlenaSelene
« on: December 27, 2012 10:34:35 AM »

Leather and suede accents are popping up everywhere. I want to make a silk/cotton dress with leather accents (like in the link below),  but I'm worried about how to wash it. I was planning to use scraps from an old leather coat. If I used leather to bind the buttonholes and pipe the pocket edges, could the dress be washed in cool water or will that hurt the leather? Could it be dry cleaned?
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Jason-Wu-Sleeveless-Trench-Dress/prod145900046_cat43810733__/?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat43810733%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D150%2526Ns%253DMAX_RETAIL_PRICE%25257C1%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod145900046&cmCat=product
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012 07:33:54 PM »

The safest route would be to dry clean anything with leather trim. Even washing it by hand, the leather may bleed dye onto the garment. I "tie-dyed" a white t-shirt by wearing a red leather jacket in the rain...

Alternatively, you can use faux leather, which can be washed on the delicate/hand wash cycle if you turn the garment inside-out and/or put it in a lingerie bag.
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