Inspired by Catherine Daze I thought I would use today to start making Burda 117a 02/2012 using some grey jersey from Cloth House in Berwick St. Unfortunately they were out of the wool jersey I had originally had in mind for the dress but sold me some polyamide jersey which felt very similar. It was quite a stable jersey so should have been perfect.
The instructions were to wash it by hand which I duly did. When it had dried I was a bit surprised to find it much thicker and fluffier than the original piece of cloth but I thought I would go ahead and try making the dress anyway. On laying out the fabric, however, I realised it had shrunk a bit; in fact it had shrunk a lot by 30cm nearly 20%!
Have you every come across this situation? Obviously I made a huge mistake in buying the polyamide jersey know but how would I have known what the best fabric to buy would have been? If I had bought the wool jersey I originally wanted I would probably have dry cleaned it rather than worried about washing the fabric. Should I get all jersey fabrics dry cleaned in future?
**Update** Brilliant service from Cloth House – I wrote to them yesterday explaining the problem and they responded early this morning with a promise to replace the fabric!