How Do I Take Care of Crepe Fabric?
When it comes to women's fashion, Kasper has always stood for elegance and sophistication. One of our beloved fabrics that we use in a variety of garments is crepe. But once you've invested in high-quality pieces, like a crepe dress or crepe pants, how do you take care of them? Proper care of crepe fabrics is essential to prolonging their life and keeping them looking as stunning as the day you bought them. This blog post will guide you through the dos and don’ts of taking care of your crepe material garments.
Understanding the Crepe Textile
Before diving into the care instructions, it's important to understand what makes crepe so special. Crepe textile is known for its crinkled or pebbly surface, resulting from a specific type of weave. The crepe material can be made from different types of fibers, such as silk, wool, and polyester, but one of the most luxurious variants is silk crepe de chine.
General Guidelines for Crepe Fabrics
1. Read the Label: Always check the care label on your garment for specific instructions. Different types of crepe may have unique care requirements.
2. Spot Test: Before cleaning the whole garment, do a spot test on a small, inconspicuous area.
3. Hand Wash: Most crepe garments prefer gentle hand washing in cold water. Use a mild detergent and avoid wringing the fabric, as it can distort its texture.
4. Machine Wash: If the label permits machine washing, place the item in a mesh laundry bag and choose the delicate cycle.
5. Drying: Air-dry by laying the garment flat on a clean towel. Avoid hanging as it can stretch the fabric.
How to Wash Crepe de Chine
Silk crepe de chine requires special attention. If the label says it's safe to hand wash, use cold water and a detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Rinse thoroughly and gently press out excess water between towels. If the garment label advises against it, it's better to opt for professional dry cleaning.
Taking Care of Specific Crepe Garments
Crepe Dress and Crepe Pants
Crepe dresses and pants often come with lining for better drape and comfort. When washing, turn them inside out to protect the exterior. Always check if the lining and the outer fabric have the same care requirements.
Crepe Blouse and Crepe Shirt
These are usually lighter in weight and may be more susceptible to damage. Hand washing is often the safest bet. If machine washing, make sure to put them in a mesh bag to prevent snagging and twisting.
Crepe material is prone to wrinkling and creasing. Store your crepe dress, crepe pants, crepe blouse, and crepe shirt by hanging them on padded hangers. For garments that are especially delicate, consider using garment bags.
Investing in crepe garments is a wonderful way to elevate your wardrobe. Crepe fabrics are known for their unique texture, luxurious feel, and versatility. Whether it's a pair of tailored crepe pants for the office, a flowing crepe dress for a night out, or a crepe blouse that effortlessly transitions from day to night, these pieces can be timeless if cared for properly.
Don't shy away from owning beautiful crepe garments due to worries about maintenance. With the right care, your favorite pieces can last for years, continuing to offer the elegance and comfort you’ve come to expect from Kasper.