In addition to Audrey's comments, a lot depends on whether the skirt
is a "dressmaker" style or a "tailor" style. Suiting (and all of the
related trim and lining...)which is not meant to be washed gets
"conditioned" before it is made up, but the idea is to leave some
flexibility in the fabric so that it can be stretched/shrunk in the
tailoring process. What a tailor would do is to roll up the fabric
with a length of wet cotton and put it in a plastic bag overnight,
then unroll it and let it dry. This will relax the fabric so there
won't be any shrinkage if it gets damp from weather or steam. It is
then pressed carefully with a wet press cloth and a hot iron. As each
section is done, the fabric is allowed to cool and dry before it is
moved to avoid stretching while it is still hot and moist with the
Fulling only works on woolens (fuzzy cloth) and will do very little to
worsted fabrics (smoother and glossier, mostly...). It makes cloth
thicker and warmer, and also stiffer than the same cloth was before,
so that should be a consideration. One fulls cloth for a winter coat.
For a skirt that one is going to wear in shoulder seasons, fulling
might not be the best idea. And if it is a skirt that needs a thin
worsted to drape well, fulled cloth might make it a little...stiff.
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
, "Audrey Bergeron-Morin"
> Yes, but it might change the appearance of the wool, and it is
> to shrink. Basically, she should pre-treat it the way she will treat
> it afterwards. For me, that would mean washing in warm or cold water
> on delicate, then laying flat or hanging to dry. She should also
> pre-iron the fabric, because hot steam can also shrink fabrics.
> On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM, SoldierGrrrl <soldier.grrrl@...>
> > Hello all you wonderful people!
> > A friend of mine asked me a question today, and I'm at a bit of a
> > to answer her. Perhaps you can help?
> > ***I have some 100% mid-weight wool suiting, that needs to be
> > into a skirt. No problems there. BUT...Can I wash/dry the wool
> > to make sure the fibers are fulled? (I know it won't go into the
> > after it's constructed, but for a first-run?)***
> > Thank you!
> > Helena Dalassene
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