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Sweater deformity: is this normal?

Jay Gatsby

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Perp is a silk / cashmere Banana Republic sweater. Because it's from Banana Republic, I don't expect high levels of quality. But I would like to know if the M.O. is typical of sweaters, for future reference.

The thing is light weight and doesn't have any sleeves. The bottom has been stretching somehow, becoming longer. I fold it up in a drawer when I'm not wearing it, so it's not stretching on a hanger. Do lightweight silk/cashmere sweaters become longer over time? Or only bad sweaters?
 

stubloom

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You might want to consider having those sweaters blocked by a dry cleaner who has some idea of what blocking is all about. Here's the short version of what blocking involves: a) Measuring all dimensions of a garment prior to cleaning and noting any adjustments that need to be made to the garment after cleaning. b) Maintaining a record of those dimensions. c) Shaping the garment after cleaning to the required measurements using steam, vacuum and hands. The steam relaxes the fibers; the vacuum "locks" it into place. This is an iterative process until you reach the desired dimensions. The extent to which the exact dimensions can be achieved typically depends on the type of fibers, the type of weave and the skill of the blocker. For more information on this subject..... Caring for sweaters and knit garments: the role of blocking http://ravefabricare.com/true-qualit...-blocking.aspx
 

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