I have successfully shrunk some of my own items, like the top of this sweater dress , and I do see it as a great option for helping clothing fit better, but it really must be done at your own risk and after you have weighed all other alteration options. Great post Emileigh, these tips are really useful! Am I more likely to screw something up by trying to shrink it or would it work?
If it is shrinking in proportions that you are okay with, then continue…. Keep drying the garment and checking every minutes. You can try longer periods of drying or a higher heat if it looks like your garment is shrinking slowly. I noticed along the way that it was only shrinking in width, not much in length, hurray! Once your garment has shrunk to the size you are happy with, take it out.
As you can see with the sweater I shrank, it now fits me. Thank you so much Emileigh for this wonderful, helpful post. Is anyone else out there courageous enough to try out this tutorial? I know I am going to try it out as soon as I can!
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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I am amazed with your results! That sweater now looks fantastic on you. I would have never known otherwise. I am curious to try this. I have a few sweaters I wish were just a smidgen tighter to have more of a vintage look. Thank you for the post! This is brilliant, Emileigh! What a beautiful fit. Thanks for this excellent tip!
This was such a grand idea Emileigh! Thanks so much for filling in for the girls! I need to keep this option in mind while looking about in thrift stores! One never knows what one may find! I just started following FS not too long ago girls! I found Emileigh through Instagram actually! Greet guest post, ladies! This is a fascinating idea and so helpful to learn about!!
I may have to try this for certain garments I own. Great post Emileigh, these tips are really useful! I actually shrunk a cardigan I knitted up two years ago because I never wore it.
Then I had the bright idea recently to try shrinking it. And if it does would washing it normally return it to its original size, or its size after you shrunk it.
Used to work at a laundry and dry cleaners. Shrinking cotton is an unpredictable process. The amount of shrinkage depends on how the cotton is carded, spun, and knitted. Try a little bit at a time if you are determined, but you will probably not get an even shrinkage. By the time it fits in the torso, the arms will probably be half their length.
Your best bet is to try to return, trade, or give away the sweater. Don't even try this. Don't dry it in the dryer. Dry it flat, laying on top of the dryer and with cold or warm water in the washer swish it around a few times and then put it in a cold water rinse cycle or rinse with cold water by hand.
Why ruin a new sweater? Ralph Lauren will shrink eventually. Don't try to do it on the first wash. If anything, wash and dry at warm temperatures. I would go the cold water route. It will shrink a lot and probably not where you want it to.
For example, the arm length and the body length might shrink but the shoulder width will stay the same. There's no way to control the shrinkage and unless you're prepared to lose it, I wouldn't recommend it. It will should shrink a great deal but probably not to proportion like you want. That's not totally correct.
P.S.: On the other hand, wool and some other natural fibers do shrink, even after the fabric is fully relaxed. Although it is not exactly shrinking, but felting. Buy a cotton sweater that is not pre-shrunk or pre-washed. While any cotton garment will shrink at least a little as a result of this process, a garment that has not been previously shrunk will shrink a lot. To shrink a cotton sweater, first wash the sweater in the washing machine with hot water. After washing, put the sweater in the dryer on the highest heat setting. The combination of heat from both washing and drying causes the sweater to shrink very quickly.