Originally Posted by SuitMyself
For what it's worth, I washed two pairs of linen pants tonight and I just took them out of the washer right now. I laid them flat and measured the outseam and one pair (which was too long for me by about 1 inch) is now exactly the perfect length for me; the other pair is only about 1/4 inch shorter than it was before washing.
I'm now putting both pairs in the dryer on high heat (yes, I did indeed say HIGH heat) for about 5 minutes just to get out the excess moisture and will be hanging both pairs to dry after that.
I'll post the results afterwards.
Contrary to what I said earlier, I decided to machine dry both pairs on HIGH heat for about 20 minutes until they were completely dry.
I again measured the outseam on both pairs and the length is now absolutely perfect for me. I figured, right at the beginning as I was making the decision to machine wash them, what'd be the worst that could happen? Since both pairs have cuffs at the bottom, I can always have a tailor lengthen them if they shrink too much in length.
I am extremely happy with how both pairs turned out especially the length which is now perfect for me.
The challenging part was, of course, pressing both pairs perfectly. That took about 10 minutes per pair but in the end, I think I did a pretty good job.
For the record, the waist size did NOT shrink on both pairs when I tried them on after I pressed them.
I am extremely happy with the results, as I've said.
If anyone is thinking of machine washing their linen pants, I would advise, in summary:
-- make sure you use cold water and gentle cycle
-- machine dry the pants (medium or high heat) ONLY if you want to shrink the length; otherwise, either hang them or lay them flat to dry
-- be prepared to do a bit of intense pressing to get them just perfect.
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