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From: MaryW
Date: 09-25-2006, 11:18 AM (1 of 8)
Yesterday we went to my daughters for dinner. We went upstairs to see the new dress she bought for a very special dinner. It was a brown bias cut sleeveless V neck dress. It fell into lovely soft swirls at the bottom. The tag said 100% polyester but it had the texture of a fine slinky. It had some weight to it. She said she had tried it on in the store and it fit perfectly. Now, it is too low in the neckline.

She put it on to show me and the only thing I could figure out was it had stretched on the hangar. Both front and back are V neckline so I told her to try it on backwards. She did and it fit perfectly with the bust area covered sufficiently that she won't be embarrassed.

This was A Josef Ribikoff dress for over $200.00 so she can either wear it backwards or I can make an adjustment at the shoulder. There is plenty of room under her arm to take it up just a nudge.

Luckily she is very tall and thin, the dress looks like it is almost painted on her either way. LOL, I would never get away with a solution like that.

So, there is a tip concerning bias garments. Don't hang them up or they may stretch in the dark of the closet.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 09-25-2006, 12:29 PM (2 of 8)
I love that she can wear it backwards and it fits.
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From: Magot
Date: 09-25-2006, 12:39 PM (3 of 8)
Surely it was hung at the store? Why hadn't it dropped there?
love and kisses, Jan
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From: MaryW
Date: 09-25-2006, 12:49 PM (4 of 8)
It probably did.
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From: paroper
Date: 09-25-2006, 01:21 PM (5 of 8)
Don't you just love the closet gremlins?

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 09-26-2006, 12:22 AM (6 of 8)
I think the longer they hang the more they stretch. It can also depend on the weather and moisture in the air. If it is damp air it causes it to be damp and makes it weigh more then stretch. Make sure it isnt in a plastic bag not very good for garments. If you have to put in bag make sure you use cloth and put an absorber in it like you find in new shoes.
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From: Debzy
Date: 09-26-2006, 10:44 AM (7 of 8)
Thanks for the warning, Mary - I have several bias dresses that are hanging on hangers! I will fold them and store them when I get home :up:
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From: dikrem
Date: 09-27-2006, 10:36 AM (8 of 8)

I had the same thing happen to me with a silk dress. I hung it sideways over a shower rod for several days and it went back almost to the original size. Now if I hang bias cuts I hang them at the middle over a pants hanger. It seems to work for me.

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