31.3.10

Shrink to Fit

I love my new Sonia Rykiel for H&M wool playsuit, but even though it’s supposed to be generously cut I was absolutely drowning in it.

First I tried to shorten the braces, but it still looked way too big. So I decided for the risky treatment of throwing it into the washing machine at 40°C (that would be 104°F). I think it’s a bit smaller, but not much, so I’m quite tempted to wash it again at 60°C (140°F). On the other hand, I don’t want to end up with a felt children’s suit. Do you shrink your wool clothes by washing them or do you think it’s too risky a treatment?

playsuit: sonia rykiel for h&m, boots: givenchy, t-shirt: select

54 comments:

Mat said...

ah great, love the style on you. hmm well do some research online about it, as i remember one time found some tips to make wool larger, it's a crazy world.

Classic Copenhagen said...

If you keep washing them like that, they will loose the nice movement in the fabric. A pair of felt pants is not desirable... I just killed a beautiful vintage dress in the washing machine yeaterday, that I mistook for a synthetic (merde!). I have the same pants, and the same problem, and my solution has sofar been to wear them like plusfors. If the suspenders make any more trouble I will just cut them off. The pant legs are still my favorite part.

SabinePsynopsis said...

You are right; I don't want to loose the movement of the wool... If I overdo it I'll probably end up with some rather stiff felt pants.

Maddy said...

I wouldn't risk it. I like the loose fit of this jumper on you. Any more and it might be too right in all the wrong places.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh Maddy, I've done it already. The first picture is after the washing machine treatment and the 2nd before. Not much difference though (that's why I'm tempted to wash it even hotter, but I think Classic Copenhagen has a point.)

Caroline, No. said...

I think it looks fine in the second pic! In the first picture, bcs of your pose, you look a bit like a tightrope walker. :p

Rock N Revolution said...

So cute!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Caroline - Tightrope walker? I tried to put the shrinking process into a picture; but obviously failed :-(

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I vote to leave it as is. I think it looks fabulous on you now :)

Sophiemei said...

recently i love in black&white photos and u really did great! love the playsuit is super cute!

Sophiemei said...

oh~really thank u for ur sweet word!!

Vintage Vixen said...

Step away from the washing machine!!! I love it as it is! Don't change a thing!
Vix
xxx

Josie said...

Oh, I love your jumpsuit! I wish I had the confidence to pull this look off!
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Angie Muresan said...

The second photo looks amazing, although if you ask me, if I had your stunning body, I'd show it off, not hide it.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a fun blog you have! I won't give any fashion advice as I am such a black t-shirt/black jeans kind of girl! But there must be a fashionable person in me somewhere waiting to get out because I do love blogs such as yours!

Happy Easter to you too!

Wishing you a happy day!

Betty

Danz said...

The risk definitely paid off as it looks lovely on you!

Thanks for your comment on my blog, I'm following you now :)

The Style Revolution said...

You look amazing!

Elizabeth said...

Depends on how expensive it was. I have a bad habit of heat-washing and drying all my clothes anyway; I'm not the best clothes-mother :)

Cindy Whitehead said...

I think its a great idea - I do it too w/some of my AW tees. My thought is you can always hang dry to reshape if its too small after it hits the dryer (-:

janettaylor said...

I want those jumpsuits!


stylespotterfashionblogger said...

LOOKS GREAT!!!!!!!! I wouldn't recommend washing it at such a high temperature. It might all end in tears :/ It looks great as it is.

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous playsuit, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Kazuko said...

it looks amazing on you!very cute and so typically rykiel

Lenka James said...

You are courageous I wouldnt risk it with my wool close...But I like that its a little loose on you, it looks cool that way ^^

naomemandeflores said...

You look amazing in it!

Sniff said...

Rather than risk ruining it, I would have taken it to a good tailor to see if anything could be done to take in whatever part you feel is too wide. From these pictures it looks great, though. :)

nookie said...

hmm I rather would go to a tailor...
but it's better bigger than smaller:)
love it:)

Clare said...

That is lovely... Suits you being on the generous side!

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Clare said...

Hmmm i dunno I have never tried to purposely shrink my wool clothing. But it is worth a try! That jumper is too cute btw!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Personally I think you look gorgeous with the loose fit, Sabine! I have a few rompers myself that are quite bunchy; but I believe they're supposed to be like that. It makes the effect more playful I think. :)

Karoline said...

I love the loose fit of this jumper, I tryed it on myself, but it did'nt work at all on me, but you look so good in it!

Melissa~ said...

No, I've necver did that. I don't use wool to much anyway.
I love it, anyway.
Thanks for your comment!

K.M. said...

this looks so great, i'm a big fan of oversized anyway. just layer to the max!

Leah said...

I think it's okay... you look great in that playsuit. I sometimes do that too, putting the clothes in the dryer to shrink it. But I noticed the quality of the fabric deteriorates.

Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

Do not risk it . . . I do think it looks good just like that. But if you must alter it, I agree with Nookie, take it to a tailor.

xx

Nina said...

I think it's just insanely crazy to be able to shrink your jumpsuit to fit you better ... great thinking!

The Zhush said...

You look so great in this...do not shrink it! I think that is part of the appeal! It does not look sloppy big, rather chic slouchy...its perfect!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

LOVE the jumpsuit! Cute first photo!

Miss Red said...

it looks really good on you! i really wanted that piece and one of the multicolored striped dresses from the collection but i was too late.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I think it fits you pretty well darling! I have done the same, but I use cold water & put it in dryer machine on high heat~

CL, said...

wow, what an amazing buy! you look fantastic in it :) i love the material, happy easter !
x

thatsorad said...

Dude, I do reduculouse things to my clothes. I would be the last one to give you advise.

I LOVE your pictures though!

Charmalade said...

I have to agree with some of the others when I say that it looks good loose like that. I mean, tight things that are too tight, what can you do? But with loose clothing at least you can belt them in various ways.

The playsuit is... playful! And if you ever have the time, you should definitely watch Pushing Daisies. It's so sweet, if you're into that kinda thing!

Toast with Charmalade

Romany said...

I think it looks great at that size -very laidback. But I can imagine it might get annoying to wear, if its that much bigger than you. I'd give some advice but I'm not really very skilled at laundry...
Romany
xx

notjustmedical said...

I think you should leave it as it is! It looks fab now. Plus you never can really tell with high washing temperatures

S
http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

Pratishtha Durga said...

Oh, I'd be too afraid trying it the next time round. Besides, the fear of altering the fabric's quality will always be there.

MJ said...

I really, really want one of these but they don't stock them in our tiny H&M!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Thank you all for your advise - I think you are right, I'm going to leave it as it is. It's probably more a question of getting used to the width - It feels nearly indecently comfortable, like walking around in your PJs; but I guess that was Mrs Rykiel's intention after all!

fanfareforlibrarians said...

do you know, i love it, i'm so envious of you getting a hold of it! it looks like the perfect item - a Rykiel, so perfect for dressing up and going out, but also comfy, which IS important, i don't care what people say!

http://fanfareforlibrarians.wordpress.com/

Carmen said...

I love this playsuit on you, I'm jealous, I wanted something from the Sonia Rykiel collection but they sold out!

Carmen.xx.

what i would have worn... said...

Ooh, I just wouldn't have the guts...

annamargrete said...

you look great in it :D

rossovelvet said...

Great idea !!!

Robyn said...

I like it this way! It's very cute on you! Just keep wearing it with something underneath, a tank or a short-sleeve tee. I like it!

Robyn
ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com