Most fabric shrinks from its manufactured state somewhat in the first and (to a lesser extent) subsequent washes. That's why seamstresses/seamsters will "pretreat" by washing their fabric before constructing the garment -- it prevents distortion later. However, you can't do that with denim and still call it "dry." Fortunately, woven cotton stretches-to-fit quite readily.
5/4/07 at 3:29pm