Re-launching in January 2015!
Re-launching in January 2015!
Frequently Asked Questions
Our care label in our silk crepe de chine garments reads:
• Hand wash cold with like colors.
• Do not bleach.
• Lay flat to dry.
• Dry iron, low heat if needed.
• For best results dryclean.
Some additional tips for washing silk:
• Treat like your nicer lingerie - it can go in the washing machine in cold water, but don't toss it in the dryer, it'll shrink. Silk air dries pretty quickly anyway.
• If you have a delicate setting on your washing machine and a lingerie laundry bag, feel free to use that. Don’t let the garment sit at the bottom of the washer for hours though, pull it out right away to avoid wrinkles from setting in deeply.
• Do not wring dry. Instead, simply lay the garment flat out on a towel, or hang the garment on a hanger right after you rinse it or pull it out of the washer. Hanging it when it’s wet will help draw out wrinkles and minimize any need for ironing. And silk is so durable, it won’t stretch out from hanging.
• Consider steaming instead of ironing. There are fancy and expensive floor-standing models, but we find a hand steamer like My Little Steamer works just as well – we have a few in our office and use them frequently. We are in no way affiliated with My Little Steamer, we just think it’s a great product. And we hate to iron! Plus, steaming is pretty fast compared to ironing, and ironing can be tricky on silk with the wrong temperature setting.Last updated:
Any gentle wash designed for delicates. Our favorites are baby wash (bet you already have lots of that on hand!) if washing by hand, and either Method laundry detergent or Delicate Wash from The Laundress if machine washing. We are in no way affiliated with Method or The Laundress, we simply think they make excellent products if you opt to machine wash. The Laundress has great how-to videos and tips on their website too for washing your garment in the washing machine. And we use Shout to get out stains - don't let it sight overnight, but a few minutes to let it soak it and work its magic is fine. Hope this helps!Last updated:
Breastmilk can stain just about anything, whether it’s cotton, linen, rayon, silk or even polyester. It’s in the nature of how the milk protein, and other food your baby may be eating, reacts with the fiber. Short answer: if spit-up or breastmilk or baby food does get on your Kinwolfe clothes, don't sweat it, just wipe it off and follow the same washing instructions in our FAQ as above.
A tip about leaking: We believe the best strategy is to minimize leaking by investing in excellent nursing pads. Our favorite: LilyPads. We think these are the Mercedes-Benz of nursing pads: they actually prevent leakage due to their design. They’re made of thin and comfortable silicone which is easily attached, reusable, easily washable, and completely non-absorbent. And again, we are in no way affiliated with this brand, we just think it’s a great product.
A tip about spit-up… well, it’s a baby. If you figure out how to minimize spit-up then please let us know! Beyond that, a large burp cloth that you can throw over your shoulder is good to have on hand.Last updated:
First, you can throw our silk crepe de chine garments in the wash. Okay, you shouldn’t throw them in slam-dunk style, please handle gently. Use cold water, and the delicate cycle and a lingerie bag if you have them. Please read our washing tips in our FAQ above.
Second, cotton and rayon are both susceptible to stains, just like silk, so there’s no stain avoidance with these fabics. We love cotton and rayon for other reasons, and we’re sure we’ll design some garments in the future out of quality versions of these fabrics. Silk, though, hits home our passion for offering something different for breastfeeding women who want more.
Third, rayon is wildly prone to pilling: the super-soft rayon tops we all coo over when we buy them are often covered with pills by the 5th or 6th cleaning. This is because the fibers in rayon are much shorter than cotton or silk filaments; they bunch up more at the fiber level when washed, which tangles them together and eventually creates pilling. Rayon garments are even more delicate than silk in this regard.
Silk, on the other hand, is made of long, smooth filaments that are quite strong in comparison to other natural fabrics. It holds up well over time and is highly resistant to pilling. Silk is also naturally resistant to dirt particles because the filaments are so smooth compared to plant-based fibers like cotton or rayon.
For some – and sometimes for us - it’s easiest to just wear shirts that you can throw in the washer and then into the dryer with no special care. With our silk crepe de chine garments, we’re offering another option for those of us who want more for our look. Like our tagline says, we are here to Elevate Breastfeeding. We know that you know there’s a cost, both in terms of image and finances, to clothing that looks cheap, doesn’t fit well, and falls apart after a few wears.
With gentle treatment, a silk crepe de chine garment can be an excellent investment that will outlast many other pieces in a breastfeeding woman’s closet. Plus it looks chic and feels amazing – a bit of luxury in what may otherwise be a mom’s typically hectic day.Last updated:
Maybe you’re a whiz at laundry, or maybe you have a housekeeper or partner who is, or maybe you have a lot of time to figure it out. For the rest of us, there’s drycleaning. If you can find a great (and preferably organic) drycleaner, they will do an amazing job professionally cleaning and pressing your garment. It’s more costly than washing at home, but it’s worth it to many women.Last updated:
Pre-washing our silk crepe de chine adds a bit to our production costs, which is why most apparel manufactures skip it. To us, though, the benefits outweigh the cost:
• It minimizes future shrinkage.
• It sets the dye further, so bleeding is much less of an issue.
• It draws in the crepe de chine weave a bit, which gives it a heavier drape on the body, minimizes any issues of being see-through, and enhances the natural stretch in the fabric.Last updated:
Crepe de chine is made from two yarns which have been twisted together to create a larger yarn that is then woven into fabric. These twisted yarns, when washed, create a distinct wavy texture in the surface of the fabric. This wave is a bit springy, hence the “natural stretch” in the fabric, especially along the bias. The crepe de chine we chose for our first collection is great for many busy moms, because the natural stretch is comfortable when you’re on the go.Last updated:
Total. Fabric. Geeks. We obsess about fine fabrics! Fine fabrics are like wardrobe Botox or your favorite workout - a subtle element in your style that enhances the overall effect.Last updated:
I love the styles - I'd wear one of these today and I'm not breastfeeding! Should I back something?!?
Absolutely. These are high-quality garments that look beautiful and chic on any woman. They don't even look like breastfeeding garments! Just consider the extra-long zipper a feature that makes them very easy to get on and off - important especially for the Jumpsuit and Dress, typical jumpsuits and dresses (but not ours) can be hard to wiggle out of!Last updated:
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