I once had a rayon blouse shrink so much it was unwearable. Rayon loses strength when wet, and adding steam may make the fabric easier to damage while ironing. My memories from th 90s, the last time rayon was prominent, have led me to a decision to only buy it from places with a good return policy. Though rayon is supposed to be one of those fabrics that will keep on shrinking perpetually. But no, the garment is quite soft despite air drying.
Rayon is a sensitive material that can warp dramatically when exposed to heat or water. By simply washing and drying a piece of rayon fabric, you can shrink it down by a significant amount. How to Shrink Rayon. Did this video help you? Hand wash the fabric and soak it in water. Rayon can be easily manipulated and permanently changed when exposed to water.
Gently hand wash the garment and let it soak in the water for several minutes to significantly shrink your fabric but also protect the material. Wash your fabric in the washing machine. If your rayon garment is much too big, throw it in the washing machine with some regular detergent and wash on a warm or hot cycle. Roll the fabric into a damp towel. Soak a bath towel in water, lay the rayon flat on the towel, and then roll the towel up and let it sit so that the moisture can soak into the fabric.
If you want it shrunken more, you can always resort to one of the other methods for your second attempt. Lay it flat on a counter. Press out the water and hang dry. You can dry your wet rayon by gently pressing out excess water and then hanging it on a clothes line to let the outdoor air dry it. The feel of this fabric is great, but laundering requires more effort than there should be!
Just ruined my favorite shirt!!!!! Glad I found your post! I feel the same way! They lure us in with the lovely look and feel of this fabric, but, oh wait, you need to launder this shirt completely separate from all others or suffer the consequences.
I SO hope your pieces are still salvageable: Do you think I could get it a little bigger in the bust doing this? Yes, just be precise in where you stretch it. You may need to stretch it again in that same area after you wash it. Thank you so much! I just tried soaking it shirt in 8 cups of water and 2 tsp of conditioner.
The shirt actually stretched back to its original size. Thank you again, this post was super helpful! Thank you for this post — so helpful! A had a couple of follow-up questions. Did you rinse it after soaking? Also, how did you wash the shirt going forward to prevent shrinkage? I did not rinse it afterward.
It seemed dilute enough to not need it. I figured it would be similar to if I had used a dryer sheet. A little residual softener on the fabric seems okay. I did not have an issue with ironing this particular shirt afterward. Even then I find it needs a quick stretch to lengthen it again. Not quite as dramatic as my first go at it. I hope this helps. One of them is a brand new top that I love, keeping my fingers crossed that it stretches back.
I hope that you can revive that top. All the clothes that seem to lay so pretty seem to be rayon anymore. I was just buying a size bigger then wearing it a little loose a few times to at least get a wear or two out of it.. Those made of rayon have such a nice feel, and like you said, lay so pretty. I like your method though! Just washed 5 new items that of course have shrunk to tiny tot size.
About to try the conditioner. Does this have to happen at every wash from now on?? I try to cold water hand wash them, and gently stretch shape them back. Followed your instructions and it worked perfectly!
Oh my gosh thank you I must try this asap! I was shocked to find my dress had shrunk in the wash! This was super helpful. I bought one I loved this week and was super careful with it, gentle cold wash and laid flat to dry and it still ended up like 4 inches shorter and too tight.
I was so bummed and thought it was ruined but I found your post and tried it last night. All of my shirts are back to their original shape and size, thank you so much!!! Losing 4 shirts at one time really would be a bummer. Thanks so much Amanda! Oh, thank you so much! I just put one of my favourite tee shirt tops in the dryer by accident, even though I had hand washed it!
Turned out it was viscose rayon. My daughter borrowed a slightly cropped top and I duly shrunk it to the size of a bra! In your original instructions you said warm water with hair conditioner, but in your post you say definitely cold? Thanks for your question Tiffani. I apolgoize is this was addressed and I just missed it: I hate that crusty air dry feeling! Not a fan myself! But no, the garment is quite soft despite air drying. Thanks so much for your question Sarah!
Pure rayon shrinks when washed or dried if it has not been pretreated when manufactured. Rayon is a delicate fabric that was originally designed as a dry clean only material. Blended rayon with a 30 percent or more ratio of polyester is normally safe in the washer or dryer. Sep 05, · Most rayon clothing come with instructions to “dry clean” only. However, I take the liberty of washing - but only hand washing. I use woolite soap and hand wash. It may shrink a little. Definitely air dry only. Dry cleaning keeps the clothing looking newer longer though. May 14, · Machine wash. Only machine wash a rayon garment if it says to do so. It will need the short, delicates cycle in your washing machine on a medium to low temperature. Understand that rayon fabric may shrink or deteriorate in the machine, especially if it is not recommended for machine washing%(43).