This question came from last week’s post where I showed off my lovely glass button. A couple of people said ‘That’s nice – but how are you going to wash it?’ Which is a pretty good question. How am I going to wash it?
Simple – I won’t! I’ll take it to the drycleaner and let them wash it. Problem solved!
But what if they ruin it? In fact, what if they ruin the dress in general?
Which raises a really good question: do you trust your drycleaner with your handmade clothing?
(Click photo for image source. Ironically, it’s from a blog post about why you shouldn’t dry clean your clothes, although he was mostly interested in the cost saving benefits. Which is another point about drycleaning – it costs money!)
I thought about it, and I realized that some of my projects take days to complete. Maybe even weeks, if you added up all of the hours involved! And I know how easily wool can be ruined by overpressing, or how my glass button might crack or shatter if dropped. Which made me want to keep my dress safe from harm at the drycleaners.
Except, now what? Now how do I get it clean?
Granted, I don’t have to wash a dress like this very frequently. It’s a cold-weather dress, so I won’t be sweating that often. But what if I’m out for dinner and spill? What if someone’s kid spills on me? What if I trip and fall in a puddle? Basically, what if life happens to my dress. I’m going to need to wash it somehow!
In theory, drycleaners are supposed to be cleaning experts. So why am I worried? So far, nothing’s ever come back ruined. Am I being paranoid?
What about you? Do you trust your drycleaner with your beautiful handmade garments? Do you make only washable garments? Has your drycleaner ever wrecked something of yours?
I’m afraid to hear horror stories now – but would still love to hear your thoughts! Do you trust your drycleaner?
PS. Keep the great ideas coming on what to do with your fabric scraps! I plan on summarizing them in a post, so all your great suggestions are in one place.
PPS. I know you’re waiting for a couple of things from me. Sew-Along questions and answers, metric envelope back for the Crescent Skirt, and officially loading the Crescent Skirt in the pattern shop will all be taken care of soon! Thanks for your patience – you guys are the best!