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Get an umbrella.

As it happens I've got one, a beautiful Brigg made from chestnut that's my pride and joy, but there's always the possibility of being caught by surprise when I don't have it with me.
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Originally Posted by Northampton Novice View Post

My two cents worth - I have a number of Cordings trousers in Corduroy and I have always washed & ironed them inside out. The trousers continued to shrink a little over three washes, by the fourth they shrank no more. The total combined shrinkage was approximately three quarters of an inch, certainly no more. I would add the wales were generally un-affected by washing or ironing, providing it's done inside out.
Washing some colours such as the tan, moss green & blue, they lost a degree of their lustre, but the red and purple were far less affected in my experience.
If anyone is after pre-shrunk cords, I can recommend Bookster http://www.tweed-jacket.com/TROUSERS.html, these will not shrink after washing.
Enjoy your cords.

Ditto. I have only ever had negligible shrinkage with cold wash, and no loss of color from the inside out trick.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

Dry clean if you want to keep them looking their best. Washing, you run the risk of puckering seams and fading. But, if that is what you want then.......
I'll probably get them cleaned. Although, I do think, as someone mentioned above, that they could still shrink at the cleaners. Chances are lower though, I'd guess.
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Originally Posted by KObalto View Post

JK with the Iroh reference, but I am hopeless with a needle, and am not above beseeching my wife to do these tasks, along with the occasional darning of sweaters.
My grandmother was a seamstress at London Fog among other companies, but did not pass her skills down to my mother or me..
Neat. My grandmother was a dressmaker with her own shop. When we were kids, she was retired, but she made our Halloween costumes and clothes for our GI Joe figures (the big ones). She taught my mom a few things, but she never really used anything but what she taught me.
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