Last week I was rifling through the clean laundry looking for my favourite pair of workout shorts when I came across one of my dresses. Wizzy had fired a load of clothes in dryer, which is greatly encouraged around here. Unfortunately, in this instance, he threw my dress in the dryer. When I held the garment up before me to assess the situation, it was easy to see – he shrank the fucker.
I had bought the dress only this spring. It was a relatively new addition to my wardrobe, it had a lot more wear left in it. Immediately I began to suspect sabotage. When I wore said item for the first time I could see in Wizzy’s eyes he was not overly impressed with the look:
Me: Hey, what do you think of my new dress?
Wizz: Umm. Pause as he checked me out – It’s fine.
Me: That’s great, really positive, thanks.
Wizz: I just don’t understand why you always want to look like you’re wearing a paper bag? Why don’t you like wearing things that show your figure?
Me: Because I like to overeat and not have to deal with the ramifications of overeating. This dress is comfortable. Why do I have to live my daily life in tight shit? It’s not fun.
Wizz: Okay, great, wear it. It’s so librarian chic.
Obviously I kept the dress. However, every time I wore it, and it has seen some serious action in the last month, I could see him judging me and my “paper bag”. Fast forward to last week and my poor dress ended up in the dryer; the outcome of which was the liner extending well below the outer layer.
Somewhat serendipitously, while scrolling Pinterest later that day, I came across this, how to unshrink your clothes in 3 easy steps!
I left my dress in the sink for about 30 minutes, stretched it out, rewashed it and hung it to dry.
It’s now right where it belongs, back in rotation, awaiting Wizzy’s disapproving glare.
To laundry hacks!