|free, with the breeze running through my fur....|
The theme of my wedding is stress free and happy. (Even if I have to kill everyone to make it happen) This means my dress can't be so delicate I'm spending the entire day worried something will happen to it -- so I decided to investigate pre-shrinking all the silk chiffon I'd gotten so that the water that I *know* will get spilled on it when I get excited, forget I'm holding a glass, and start talking with my now-empty-because-I-dropped-the-glass-on-my-skirt hands doesn't ruin everything,
I popped a sample into the washer on hot, and then into the dryer on no-heat fluff. Total shrinkage is at about 14% in each direction.
The process changes the texture and the opacity -- as everything has tightened up, its a bit thicker and not as smooth. While I prefer the look of the untreated silk, the shrunken is still very nice and will be a lot more robust to whatever I throw at it over the course of the day. (Although, realistically, I am 100% going to be wearing a full length bibbed apron during whatever part of dinner I get to sit down for)
So-- as its time to start the skirt, I figured out what I needed, added 14% to the length and popped it into the washer. (This is sounding so much more carefree than it actually was.)
and now I wait as 15 yards of silk rumble around where I can't see them.....
so many yards.....
soon to be 12.9 yards.....
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