Lessons learned: how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments

how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments White Open Shoulder Crochet Lace Sleeve Tassel Dress

Online shopping can sometimes be an overwhelming experience that takes you through a roller coaster of emotions in just a matter of a days. Or maybe it's just me? Let's analyse! From the excitement of finding that perfect white summer boho dress, to the anticipation of getting it in the mail, to the thrill of trying it on and wearing it for the first time and ending with complete and utter disappointment and grief once you take it out of the washing machine. Let me explain. After much debate I finally narrowed my search to two white dresses and chose this one as the lucky winner. Once arrived in the country, I figured it would only be a matter of a few days until it reaches my local post office. But no, the package was held into customs for more than two weeks and I was frantically checking the tracking system every day in anticipation. Yey, the dress finally arrived and it looked great. Tried it on and went out to take pictures for the blog. So far so good.
A couple of days later I threw it in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry without paying much attention (as I normally do) to the care instructions, at 40 Celsius degrees. Once the cycle was over, out came my dress a few centimeters short. The hem, not counting the tassels, was barely covering my bottom, so I figured I ruined it for good and I might as well forget about it. Luckily Google has all the answers, so when I search for ways to stretch back shrunken rayon garments I found the solution to my problem. Apparently rayon, which is a fabric I evidently don't know much about, can be pulled back into shape if you soak it in water and hair conditioner. The hair conditioner relaxes the rayon fibers and if you start stretching it gently while wet it will eventually regain its original shape and length. I did not manage to get it back to its original length, I would say it's still about 2 centimeters short, but it's way better than I hoped for. So if you guys ever run into this problem, now you know how to fix it. But obviously the lesson here is to carefully read the care instructions label. Duh!

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dress: here
boots: here
bag: thrifted
sunglasses: similar here
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how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments White Open Shoulder Crochet Lace Sleeve Tassel Dress

how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments White Open Shoulder Crochet Lace Sleeve Tassel Dress

how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments White Open Shoulder Crochet Lace Sleeve Tassel Dress

how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments White Open Shoulder Crochet Lace Sleeve Tassel Dress

Lessons learned: how to stretch back shrunken rayon garments

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