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How to Care for Brocade Fabric

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By Kathy

My Laundry Question

I just purchased 7 yards of Brocade fabric to make a Civil War Ball Gown.

Can I just through the material in the washer and wash on Cold temp. and dry on Low heat before I start making the dress?

Thanks, Kathy in Oregon

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I am making my first Civil War gown and have purchased a beautiful brocade fabric. I want to wash the 7 yards of fabric before cutting and sewing the dress.

I need to know what the appropriate action to take is.

Please advise,

A Union Lady!

Lessons Learned

  • I have not tried to wash the material yet.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Fabric is a light gold brocade.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Even though I am a Southern girl, I'll do my best to help! Whether your fabric can be washed depends on the fiber content of the brocade. Brocade is actually a weaving term to describe the long "floating" threads that give the fabric its pattern and sheen.

I would recommend that the brocade be hand-washed in the bathtub or very large sink and dried flat. If you have a front-load washer, you can use a gentle cycle but I don't recommend washing in a top-loader with an agitator.

Good luck!

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