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Distortion of Slip-like Dresses

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Q: Why do slip-like dresses distort so easily? They seem to get skinnier and longer.

A: The panels of such dresses are cut on the bias. The bias is the diagonal of a woven fabric between the lengthwise and crosswise threads. This part of the fabric is very stretchy and can be easily distorted in cleaning and finishing causing the garment to hang unevenly. The garment can also distort during wear or while hanging.

When cleaning garments cut on the bias, place it in a net bag to minimize agitation.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/22/2016 2:55:10 PM