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Susanna Kocher
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« on: October 09, 2010, 07:32:31 AM »

I have a quick question which I have not been able to find the answer to via searching.

Can I starch the skirt on a light colored, cotton day dress? I'd like to wear it to an outdoor event but I'm worried about the hem becoming stained if it's muddy.  I know that starching petticoats helps keep the dirt from penetrating the fibers, so I'd like to starch the hem of my dress.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 08:10:11 AM »

I don't have a documented answer but I say do it!  I would starch the entire skirt part and you will get extra protection and definitely extra pouf!  I now heavily starch my white cotton apron, and when I put in on over corded petti, top petti and dress, it really adds to the bell shape.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010, 08:27:39 AM »

Just make sure that when you starch your skirt you aren't starching it so much that you create stiff folds to the skirt.  I find the spray starch you get in the can at the store to be about as heavy as you'd want to go.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2010, 02:50:34 PM »

I starch my sheers after I was them.  Just the skirt.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 05:29:37 PM »

I used to starch my cotton dress for added poof,  the poof didn't last ages, but it sure kept it ironed longer.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 05:38:22 PM »

Yes, I agree, I'd go with starch.
 When I used to wear aprons daily I swore by starching even though some thought it was ridiculous. It really is a armor against dirt, my aprons stayed so much cleaner then before in their un-starched state.... I also starched my shirts, skirts, boys hats, overalls, and I don't know what all else, after I found out how well it worked. It helped {surprisingly} with my brothers wool hat brim that had a habit of floppong around his face....
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010, 08:53:42 PM »

I have always starched my cotton wash dress - with the liquid dip starch - and it not only keeps cleaner, and has much more body; it looks neater for another wearing or two.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 07:26:59 AM »

...and part of the secret of having your wash dress looking nice longer is to...not wash it  Wink(so often).  We moderns tend to wear an item once & toss it into the wash.  19th century laundry facilities being what they were, clothing was not washed all that often.  Unless I end up dumping something disgusting down my front, or having mud up to my knees, my dresses get aired & brushed if necessary - and 'spotted' as needed.  I may launder or dry clean once a season and NEVER dry in the dryer!

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