> This comes down to drying techniques.
> I like to wash in whatever seeting I will use once made up. We use
> caold water wash here so I tend to use just that setting.
> I have a 1950s style washing line (central pole with web like
> arrangement of wires) so will hang even a 10m length in one go.
> You need to pick your days though for best refluffing/decreaing
> results. If it's a still very dry day, those creases stay. You need
> blustery slightly overcast day to let the wind beat the fabric long
> I also quite like to leave it out on a damp day, this helps too.
> I don't have a dryer (except while flating and everyone abused it so
> my power bill was disproporionately large...) so have had to air
> My Anne of Cleves and valois used these washing and drying
I certainly agree with hanging fabric out in the wind to dry. Mostly,
I don't find my more elaborate outer garb needs more than spot
cleaning in its life, being a rather sedate person without children,
but I did once find a HUGE curtain of crimson cotton velvet in a
thrift shop. It must have been one side of an old stage curtain,
about 15' high by 25' wide. That's a LOT of grimy old velvet. It was
five widths of fabric so I took them apart and machine washed them one
at a time. Each one was hung on the line in a stiff breeze to flap,
and they came up beautifully. To have dried it all in the dryer would
have taken enough electricity to run a small city.