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From: Sancin
Date: 05-19-2007, 03:16 AM (1 of 3)
This is a ready to wear question. I recently purchased 2 tops that I really like, only to realize that they have the ubiquitous spandex in them. I hate spandex in tops. :mad: They cling where I don't want them to. I do like a bit of spandex in pants as they do help keep the shape.

As I lost the receipt for the tops I can't return them. Does anyone know how to get the stretch out of the cotton spandex in knit tops? I seem to have a lot of tops like that, largely because everything seems to be made of it these days. :sick:
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User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-19-2007, 08:13 AM (2 of 3)
Soak them in chlorine bleach for a few days and then hang them on the line for a couple of weeks. It's always worked for me. :bg: Of course you probably won't want the top anymore by then.

Seriously I'm doubtful you could do it without wrecking the fabric entirely. It seems to be pretty tough stuff. And if the spandex loses it's stretch it's entirely possible the top will sag and look old and worn.

Why don't you try returning them without the receipt? Some shops will do that here. Or at least an exchange for something else in the same shop. Failing that, start thinking whose birthday is coming up.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: Stuart Anderson
Date: 05-30-2007, 10:54 AM (3 of 3)
Chlorine is more likely to destroy the cotton before it destroys the spandex. UV will degrade spandex but also
the fit and memory of the garment.
Swimwear Pattern Guy
User: Stuart Anderson
Member since: 05-24-2007
Total posts: 12
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