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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Help!

The pixie jodphur pants are probably my favorite pair of pants in my wardrobe. I have been wearing them non-stop. 

Problem? They are dry-clean only. Which is fine because they dry-clean nicely, but they are so stretched out now. 

How do I shrink them back to normal like a dryer would?! Does anyone have any advice?! I am thinking if I get desperate enough I might just wash them and dry them on gentle and see if they make it out alive. If not, I've learned my lesson. Have a fabulous day!

Yours,

11 comments:

Holly said...

Try searching and seeing how people wash full seat riding breeches! I've always hand washed mine and hung to dry, but I know there are multiple options out there!

Try here! http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?183687-How-do-you-keep-full-leather-seat-breeches-from-getting-quot-crunchy-quot

JAG_SwimWithTheCurrent said...

Have you ever tried Dryell? It's the at home dryinging system and I find that things "shrink" (not really shrink but shrink like a dryer like you said!) a tad when I use it. I love your blog by the way!!! Jen

Christina Quinn said...

Because they have the leather detailing I would say don't dry them at the risk of cracking it with the heat. I've seen it happen to trims on coats and it's heartbreaking. You might try just washing them (inside a pillowcase to protect them - this trick works with cashmere too) on a gentle cycle and hang drying - sometimes even just coming into contact with water instead of dry cleaning tightens sensitive fabrics up a little, you might not even need the heat.

Liz Moran said...

I've bought 7 pairs of pixie pants over the years (including 2 jodhpurs) and I've never once taken them to the dry cleaners. I just throw them in the wash on cold (gentle cycle if I remember) and hang to dry. I've never put them in the dryer so I can't say if that's going to ruin them. But, I once bought a pair that was a size too big and they would fit in the morning and be baggy by the afternoon, but washing them would make them fit again. Never have that problem with my smaller sizes though. Food for thought. Good luck!

Crumbs and Curls said...

I know that there is some kind of sheet you can buy & then you put the sheet & your clothing item both in the dryer together & it 'dry cleans' the item. I'm thinking since it's in the actual dryer it may help to shrink them. I cannot remember the brand that makes the sheets, but I'm sure you can google it to find the name!

Kristin
crumbsandcurls.blogspot.com

Angela Duke said...

All of my black pants are "dry clean only," but I wash them inside out on delicate with Woolite for Darks and hang to dry. I think as long as you don't wash them all the time it's fine. I would agree that you shouldn't put them in the dryer if they have leather.

McKenzie Wild said...

Based on my own experience I would NOT suggest just dry cleaning them. BUT I hate it when pants get stretched out. Such a pain! Let us know what you figure out!

Unknown said...

Just wash them in cold water and hang to dry. Avoid the dryer.
You might need to touch up with an iron.

Laurel said...

I wouldn't put them through the wash, just because of the leather, etc. My friend (who works at J.Crew) told me to hand wash mine inside out, then lay them flat to dry! If the leather starts to crack or dry out you can add a little neatsfoot oil to bring them back to life!

Portuguese Prepster said...

let me know how it goes! I've actually washed mine in cold and then dried them on a drying rack a few times. Worked out fine! I don't know how they would do in the dryer though

Anna said...

I know I may be a little late on the post, but I have machine washed and dried my Pixie Jodhpur pants many many times! I purchased a size up on one of those super sales and I just HAD to have them. Unfortunately they were so loose. To wash I was it warm/hot and add hair conditioner in addition to the detergent. After that I just throw them in the dryer (I use a pea sized drop of clear hair oil to condition the leather pieces) and the pants are now back in my size! I have just always paid attention to conditioning the leather but other than that I wash/dry all my other Pixies too. Good luck :)