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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You win some, you lose some...



I'm in the middle of the next batch of assignments, and decided to distract myself by shrinking a piece of fabric that has been in the stash for twelve months.  It is the check fabric shown above.  It's cotton so should be pre -shrunk.

So I dutifully dunked it in hot water.  Big mistake.  The red dye is not colourfast.  So I now have a plaid with pink patches on it.   It probably was not meant to be washed in hot water, but I am afraid Spotlight always manages to detach any price or care label from it's fabrics, at least in my local store. So I had no idea of the care needed and just followed general principles.   This year I have ruined 3 Spotlight fabrics this way.  So in future I shall not buy any high contrast fabrics that may bleed in hot water.  I know I can wash in cold, but one day a mistake would happen and shrinkage and dye run occur.

I'm glad I found out now.  Luckily I only bought a metre, so no great loss.  This piece will now go into my pile of stash that gets used for muslins.

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My next distraction was a walk to Spotlight - mainly for exercise, and also to purchase a reel of thread.  While I was there I found that they had a new job lot in - and there was a piece of 60 wool/40 poly twill in a lovely cool red colour.  This colour has been on my to buy one day list for ages.  So I bought 2 metres - and at $5.00 a metre, I think this offsets my fabric shrinking mishaps  this year nicely.

In fact, I think I won more than I lost :) 

Sarah Liz :)


31 comments:

  1. SCORE!

    I never find super fabric at spotlight. Cheap patterns, needles & thread, but never fabric.

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    1. Yes, I was lucky - occasionally Spotlight up here gets the odd job lot in. If you manage to find it....

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  2. As frustrating as it is to ruin fabric it is SO much better than ruining sewn garments.

    Great deal on the fabric!

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  3. I like your thinking! I agree much better now than later.

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  4. Great win with the new fabric ~ wondering what you have in mind for it ... J

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    1. I thought it would be great for a jacket :)

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  5. Sorry that the red bled but you can use for a muslin as you said. The red fabric is very pretty red, look forward to seeing what it becomes.

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  6. Yes, you definitely won more than you lost! What a wonderful way to end on a happier note!! All I could think of as I read your post, was how good it was to run BEFORE you made it into a pretty garment. Can't wait to see what your new buy will make.

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    1. I agree Lisa - it's always heartbreaking when this happens after a garment is made after all the work :).

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  8. I'm glad the fabric Gods looked down on you favourably in some sort of balance with that great red woo! From a consumer point of view, it is very bad practice. I have had many pieces that have done the same thing. Cotton should be able to be washed in hot water and it should not run. I have taken back fabric that I had stashed for about 6 months, but when it came to washing an using it, it ran. They tried to convince me no one else had returned it - it was a cotton drill with large polka dots, one of their core stock items so it's hard to believe I was the only one. I guess no one else bothers.

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    1. Spotlight doesn't really look after customers, as I think we all know. Anyway, even if no-one else returned it, it does not make your claim any the less. That's not on. Sometimes for some people it just takes more time, money and effort than the return is worth. I took that point of view with this piece. With other fabrics I have been back and dealt with whatever the issue was - often short cuts - they are good at that!

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    2. Oh good point that sometimes the effort is more than the return is worth. I did stand my ground re that fabric but now I have denim bought 12 months ago at Lincraft, just washed and short nearly 20cm due to (incredibly) bad cutting!

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    3. Yes, this happens quite often now. They try to cut the bare minimum. Often one side is shorter than the other. I stand over the cutter like a hawk now, and often check it myself, sometimes much to the store cutters chagrin. I find the older cutters are better, but some of the younger ones haven't got a clue. Probably never sewn in their life.

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  9. Aw, sorry to hear that your fabric got ruined. :( I usually pre-shrink by washing it the way I would a garment - usually on cold in the washer and through a full dryer cycle. But I've had problems related to that too when a me-made garment that I'd been washing for years that way got washed by someone else, on a hot cycle...bye bye garment. :(

    Although I think you came out on top with that lovely-sounding twill! Yay for bargin-hunting!

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    1. Sorry to hear about the hot water experience - and precisely why I use hot water the first time around - just to make sure any garment can survive no matter who does the washing :)

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  10. Whew! You dodged a bullet. Like you said better to find out now than later.......

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  11. Win and a win. =) Even though the first fabric wasn't color fast, you can certainly use it as muslin just as you said. As for the wool/poly twill, score!

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    1. Yes, the red twill find certainly made everything worth while :)

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  12. So sorry that your plaid fabric got ruined, but so happy that your exercise turned into you finding the perfect red wool.. Such a happy ending to a day..
    Best wishes with your classes.[thank you for the well wishes for Callie, I really appreciate them]

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts Judy, and I still have Callie in my thoughts and prayers :)

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  13. I hardly ever pre-wash my fabrics, so I deserve to get caught out. Luckily it rarely ever happens, but recently I did pre-wash some black with white spots cotton (from Spotlight) and now it is black with dingy spots. Not sure now whether to use it or keep it for a muslin.
    Well done on your bargain buy. Look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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    1. Ahh, yes, those high contrast Spotlight fabrics do seem to be a problem. What about an apron?

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  14. That is definitely a beautiful fabric. I hope you find a great pattern for it. Can't wait to see how you use it.

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  15. I have ruined several yards of a couple of fabrics when they bled in the washer. How frustrating!! Fabulous buy -- great to turn a sour day around.

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    1. It's also expensive - and time consuming - finding, buying, washing, and then useless!

      Yes, I like a good ending :)

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