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I bought a shirt at a Renaissance fair and forgot to ask how to wash it! It's handmade, apparently (no tag), but it's NOT made of authentic period fabric <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> and I'm virtually certain it's polyester. It has a satin texture on the outside and slightly rougher inside. It feels just like a slip I've had for years, which is polyester and machine-washable.<br><br>
But this shirt was very expensive (but it was just what I wanted! so purple! so ruffly!) so I want to be sure I don't ruin it. Maybe I should handwash? What kind of soap?
 

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I own a costume shop at a ren faire, and I have made a lot of gowns from satin. I just throw them in the wash!<br><br>
However, since it is purple, I would suggest that you wash it by hand, in cold water. The dye will run for a long time. Then, hang to dry.<br><br>
But, you may want to test the shirt first to see how it reacts to water. Drop some water in a place you won't see, and wait till it dries. Does it stain?? If not, you can wash with water if you choose.<br><br>
When ironing, use a low setting and a dry iron. Dark satins come out better that way...
 
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