How to twist & wash a crinkle skirt

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How to twist & wash a crinkle skirt
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Crinkle skirts are long, full bohemian-style skirts--sometimes called broomstick skirts--that are usually made of cotton and are supposed to look wrinkly. They must be washed and dried a certain way to keep their shape and texture. You can keep your skirt in ideal condition by twisting it up and washing it and drying it inside a pair of cut-up pantyhose. Remove the skirt from the dryer before the skirt is completely dry, and let it line dry to keep that crinkly look.

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Things you need

  • Pantyhose
  • Scissors
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Washing powder
  • Washer
  • Dryer

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  1. 1

    Wash your skirt according to the directions on the label. If you do not see directions, try washing your skirt on a normal setting at a cool temperature, to preserve the skirt's colour and prevent it from shrinking.

  2. 2

    Cut the toes off of a pair of old pantyhose.

  3. 3

    Cut off the top of your pantyhose, so that you are left with two tubes. You'll only need to use one tube at a time, so save the other one for later use.

  4. 4

    Twist your crinkle skirt and place it inside one of the pantyhose tubes. Make sure the hem is not turned up.

  5. 5

    Secure the ends of the pantyhose tube with rubber bands to keep the skirt from falling out in the dryer.

  6. 6

    Place the skirt inside of the dryer and put it through the drying cycle several times.

  7. 7

    Take the pantyhose tube out of the dryer and pull out the skirt.

  8. 8

    Hang the skirt on a clothes line and let it air dry. The skirt may take up to 24 hours to fully dry.

Tips and warnings

  • To keep your skirt crinkly, you should follow this process each time you wash it and dry it.
  • When travelling, you can take the skirt twisted up inside of the pantyhose tube. This will keep it crinkly and ready to wear.
  • Twisting up the skirt and microwaving it is another way to re-wrinkle a broomstick skirt that has begun to fall flat. After microwaving, line-dry the skirt.
  • Store your skirt twisted up to retain the wrinkles.
  • Always follow the directions sewn into your clothing about washing and drying.

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