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Silk Dress Shrank in the Wash

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I bought a maxi dress that says 100% silk with a 100% polyester lining on the label. I washed the dress on a delicate cycle in a wash bag and hung it up to dry on a hanger. However now when I put the dress on the lining is longer than the fabric at the front and back. It is the same length at the side seams. I have tried gently ironing, but it hasn't helped. Is there a way to restore its length?

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

On the liner, at the waist, sew a horizontal seam the same depth as the difference in length of the hems. For example, if the liner is 1 inch longer, than make the seam that deep. This can be done on the front and the back of the dress. Iron the liner fabric to make it flat.

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

This won't make the silk fabric longer, but you will still be able to wear the dress!

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