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Q: I cleaned a very full “ dryclean only” skirt. I noticed
that the hemline of the skirt was uneven because some
portions were stretched. My presser could not fix the skirt.
What caused it?
A: Most panels in a garment are cut on the lengthwise or
crosswise direction of the grain. The panels of a very full skirt
are often cut on the bias which is diagonal to the length and
width of the fabric.
The stretched portions of this skirt are cut on the bias. Some
distortion or unevenness of the shape is expected to occur on an
article made out of a bias-cut fabric. Fabrics that are cut on the
bias are not dimensionally stable. The portion of the fabric that
is cut on the bias has a tendency to stretch in length, in many
cases just from the weight of the fabric during use or while hanging. This can be aggravated a little further during the tumbling
effects of a cleaning operation. This distortion is not to be
attributed to any mishandling on the part of the cleaning procedure. The distortion develops due to the type of materials
and/or construction of the skirt.
Suggested ReadingDLI Silver, Gold, and Premier members may
access more information on this topic in the following bulletins, and many others,
available in DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning Online:Fashions & Fabrics No. 447: Bias Cut GarmentsTABS No. 369: Distortion of Bias Cut Garments
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