Never Put a Lilly in the Dryer

As my collection of Lilly Pulitzer dresses grows, I’m doing my best to take good care of them. I almost only buy clothes that are 100% really nice cotton from Lilly, I love how crisp and comfortable they are. Plus I have several pieces that are office friendly. So I was super excited to wear this dress to work:


I didn’t want to mess around with the iron at 7am, so I decided to take a shortcut.

Let me just say this is one of my favorite dresses. I love wearing it, I get tons of compliments in it, and it’s just such a cool piece.

I doused my Taytay frock in Downey Wrinkle Releaser and stuck her in the dryer for 10 minutes.

Boy was that a $200 mistake.

She shrunk just enough to be tight around the edges and a tad too short. I seriously considered crying.

To try and coax the cotton fibers back to their elongated state I furiously sprayed Taytay with water trying to get her just damp enough that I could stretch the threads out of their shrink.

Then I let her sit overnight. I prayed, I had several glasses of wine, I completely forgot about her.
In the morning, I tried her back on. She was still too tight. I may be working out trying to tone up, but I’m never going to shrink up enough to make Taytay comfortable the way she used to be.

Now all I can do is try to throw her through a full wash cycle and see if that works better than my brute strength.

Anyone have any tips of other things I can try? I am just about to be desperate…

Help me washing machine, you’re my only hope.

6 thoughts on “Never Put a Lilly in the Dryer

  1. Jill

    I feel your pain in another way. I came across your post while searching in vain for ANY of Lilly’s Octo-dresses to have for my very own. Alas, ’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. (Sorry this doesn’t help. I hear Pinterest is handy with this sort of thing.)

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  3. Miranda @lemonsandlaughs

    Ahh I’m no help but I cry for you. I am in the process of ordering this dress and stumbled upon your picture when trying to see how the pattern falls when wearing it. Funny I have a dress that is snug (bought used) compared to my others in the same cut/size I have and wondered if they had tailored it. Now I bet they just dried it. Did you ever get the dress back to size?

    1. Jen Post author

      I did! I washed it in cold water immediately and gently stretched it as it air dried. Sadly now I’ve gained some muscle and it’s snug again! Hope you love it!


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