Baltic Blues

Baltic Blues

Yesterday a customer brought something to our attention that we wanted to share.  She had purchased Baltic Jersey, one of our wonderful rayon knits from Bill Blass.  When she pre-washed it, she found that it bled profusely.  Wisely, she had washed it separately so no harm done to other fabrics or garments, but she was kind enough to call and tell us so we could pass on that information. We are aware that fully saturated colors such as the intense marine blue of this jersey are potential bleeders.  We wanted to check it out so we could warn people of this.  Working in a warehouse with a bathroom that is 60 feet away makes handwashing a bit of a chore, but here’s what we found!

The bowl on the right is our first dunk…as you can see, plenty of dye is left in the water.  After an hour or so of drying, we tried again…bowl on the left shows a lot less.  We think if we continued, the bleeding would stop.  From our observation, the color of the jersey was not impacted very much.  We will compare it to an unwashed piece on Monday.  We had to wait for air dry… no laundromat at the warehouse either!!!

We went on to test wash several other of the knits and found a lot less bleeding in the less intense colors.  As always, we continue with our mantra about pre-washing all your fabric before going to finished garment. Thanks to our loyal customers who share their experiences.  You can count on us to pass it on!

4 Responses to “Baltic Blues”

  1. Barbara Blom

    2009-03-06T17:31:00+00:00

    We checked our before and after swatches and there was no appreciable color difference. The dye that came out in the water was excess. We’ve since heard from some other customers that they have had no problem in washing their knit. Just the same…forwarned is forearmed.

  2. Barbara Blom

    2009-03-06T12:31:34+00:00

    We checked our before and after swatches and there was no appreciable color difference. The dye that came out in the water was excess. We’ve since heard from some other customers that they have had no problem in washing their knit. Just the same…forwarned is forearmed.

  3. Jennifer Sweeney

    2009-09-19T22:34:00+00:00

    Hello,
    I’m trying to find a fabric for my Barbie and the Rockers costume. I’ve tried to find it in fabric stores, but haven’t had any luck. Could you look at this link and let me know if there is a specific name for the fabric? It’s the purple jacket that the barbie on the right is wearing. It’s a stiff iridescent fabric. http://www.maddiesdolls.com/2009/1986.jpg Thank you!
    ~Jennifer Sweeney

  4. Jennifer Sweeney

    2009-09-19T18:34:41+00:00

    Hello,
    I’m trying to find a fabric for my Barbie and the Rockers costume. I’ve tried to find it in fabric stores, but haven’t had any luck. Could you look at this link and let me know if there is a specific name for the fabric? It’s the purple jacket that the barbie on the right is wearing. It’s a stiff iridescent fabric. http://www.maddiesdolls.com/2009/1986.jpg Thank you!
    ~Jennifer Sweeney

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