and while we're waiting...



I'm sending two cotton flannel shirtdresses back to Land's End. The care label in each warns against wearing near flames or drying in a hot dryer because of the material's tendency to catch fire due to its slightly shaggy texture. Back they go. Note that the label says "100% wool." The catalog described them as cotton. This kind of confusion does not belong in my life. Nor do dresses subject to spontaneous combustion (although I don't spend that much time crouched over a cauldron).

Still working on pictures of our trip, but to keep you amused while waiting, the lovely people at The Hairpin have done it again! Here is a link to an article that weds two of our favorite topics: food and world literature. Some of the, um, comments are pithier than others. Enjoy.

14 comments:

  1. Hello:
    Gosh, a shirtdress that spontaneously combusts......do they sell any of these, we wonder, or are they just a speciality around Bonfire Night?!!!

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  2. Hi, Jane and Lance! the whole thing is peculiar, the little dresses would be perfect for weekend running around, but for the flames issue. There's also a caution about using fabric softener... I prefer my clothes to show a little self-reliance when it comes to maintenance.

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  3. I spend an awful lot of time over a cauldron, so these are definitely not for me. Thanks for posting :-)

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  4. Southern Belle Ph.D.November 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Oh my goodness gracious! I do not think I have ever heard of such. I would be afraid to wear those dresses period but can you imagine wearing them in public and poof... Let us know if you find an alternative.

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  5. Hi, JulieStyles, I thought the label was someone's idea of a joke, but it was on both of the dresses.

    Hi. SouthernBellePhD, apparently the greatest risk is when the dresses are getting washed and ironed, or when you cook or stand next to a fireplace or a radiator. So I guess they are ok to wear north of the Tree Line. Me, I'm going back to jeans.

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  6. Tricky material, this all cotton 100% wool. I feel confused just thinking about it.

    The puns are fun-- my literary daughter will love this.

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  7. I would almost be tempted to see if it does indeed catch fire. :)

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  8. Hi, Lane, even the Silly Season is early this year! Or late. Whatever.

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  9. Me too Rose, but they weren't marked down that much so they're just going back to LE with a few choice words on the return form.

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  10. Good choice! I am curious to see what LE says once they see your comments.

    Check out the case of the disappearing piping on my metallic boucle skirt.

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  11. Good grief, what is in the dyes or other chemicals used to process the fabric? Or is it even wool or cotton and not some petroleum by-product. Would never work for me, we have fireplaces and candles going from the first snowfall until late May, and occasionally during the June rains too.

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  12. Hi, xoxo, like the strange smelly bag from last spring, I just wanted them out of the house. They're on their way back. The whole experience was unsettling, that's why I took a picture of the "care" label.

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  13. I'm surprised to see this from LE. What would we do without your keen eye, WFF?

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  14. Hi,Gigi, it's right up there with the labels on toddlers pj's that tell you the garment isn't flameproof so for safety's sake it should fit snugly!

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