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amother




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Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 11:25 pm
I need your best advice.
I wash the skirts on cool, hang it shortly after to dry. But the pleats are gone in a washing or two.
Help!!!
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amother




Cyan
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:10 am
Is it a solid color by chance? I find the plaid are thicker fabric than the solid. The solid is a flimsy fabric that gets the pleats undone. I do iron them every time but the solid ones lose the pleats in a way that ironing doesn’t help.
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:16 am
Polyester skirts hold the pleats better. Are yours a wool blend?
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Goldie613




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:17 am
A lady who used to deal with uniform fittings years ago used to say to wash in cold water and hang to dry.

If you are desperate, I think some cleaners can press the skirts to get the pleats back in (no idea what it costs).

Have you tried asking the store where you bought it what they recommend?
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Odelyah




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:30 am
ra_mom wrote:
Polyester skirts hold the pleats better. Are yours a wool blend?


I wonder if that's it because ours are solid navy polyester and the pleats last a very long time. Or maybe it's the brand? many years ago I bought some from Lands End and they were surprisingly horrible. the pleats came out right away. but all the different (poly) brands I've gotten from jewish sellers the last few years have been good. The man with the truck, BY styles, etc..
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amother




Cyan
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:31 am
Odelyah wrote:
I wonder if that's it because ours are solid navy polyester and the pleats last a very long time. Or maybe it's the brand? many years ago I bought some from Lands End and they were surprisingly horrible. the pleats came out right away. but all the different (poly) brands I've gotten from jewish sellers the last few years have been good. The man with the truck, BY styles, etc..

My problem is with the navy polyester from a regular uniform store. And I do wash on cold and hang to dry! I guess there are various different fabrics.
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:40 am
amother [ Cyan ] wrote:
My problem is with the navy polyester from a regular uniform store. And I do wash on cold and hang to dry! I guess there are various different fabrics.

From Fraylich? I find they last pretty well. Not cheap though. I press them maybe twice a year.
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amother




Cyan
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:41 am
ra_mom wrote:
From Fraylich? I find they last pretty well. Not cheap though. I press them maybe twice a year.

No. But maybe next time I should shop there.
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Odelyah




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:42 am
amother [ Cyan ] wrote:
My problem is with the navy polyester from a regular uniform store. And I do wash on cold and hang to dry! I guess there are various different fabrics.


hm could it be something unusual about your washing machine, or the type/length of cycle you are washing on? or maybe the detergent? or fabric softener?
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Odelyah




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 12:44 am
amother [ Cyan ] wrote:
No. But maybe next time I should shop there.


I assume they are much higher than the man with the truck's prices (Rosenbergs in boro park I think) and his skirts have been great--so no need to spend more in my experience.
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abound




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 1:50 am
an israeli told me to roll the skirts and stick them in a nylon stocking and wash like that. Skirt gets cleaned and the pleats stay, but I did not try it yet........
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salt




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 1:53 am
abound wrote:
an israeli told me to roll the skirts and stick them in a nylon stocking and wash like that. Skirt gets cleaned and the pleats stay, but I did not try it yet........


I do that. That's what my girls tell me to do.
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amother




Crimson
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 2:46 am
roll the skirt and stick it in a stocking. it works perrrrfectly!!!
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amother




Sapphire
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 3:11 am
abound wrote:
an israeli told me to roll the skirts and stick them in a nylon stocking and wash like that. Skirt gets cleaned and the pleats stay, but I did not try it yet........

Wow sounds like a great idea. I bring it to the cleaners to press every few months or so. It’s comes out perfect. Obviously
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womanwithaplan




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:14 pm
If you have the time, you can stick a large paper clip in at the bottom of each pleat (after each wash, take it off when skirt is dry). I did it last year and the pleats kept very well throughout the year.

Or, another genius idea I heard from someone: turn the skirt inside out and sew a seam down the very edge of each pleat. Not noticeable from the outside, takes a little time but you only have to do it once and it looks beautiful forever.
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amother




Pearl
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:19 pm
T pins in the bottom of each pleat when you hang to dry
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amother




White
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:22 pm
Baste the skirts before each washing they stay gorgeous for years
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clowny




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:24 pm
I lay them flat to dry. Pleats are always kept nice n pleated.
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amother




Pearl
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 10:26 pm
amother [ Crimson ] wrote:
roll the skirt and stick it in a stocking. it works perrrrfectly!!!
can you elaborate on this
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nursemomma




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Sep 16 2020, 11:14 pm
amother [ Crimson ] wrote:
roll the skirt and stick it in a stocking. it works perrrrfectly!!!

How does it actually get cleaned if it’s so tightly rolled up?
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