Originally Posted by NeedForTweed123
Would that damage them? The tag says dry clean only.
I don't know about those particular pants, but I've washed lots of things that say "dry clean only." You could try dry cleaning them, but there's a good chance the fade will remain in that spot. At that point you could try to wash them to try to make the fade uniformly. Tchoy is right that if you do wash them, use cold water and hang dry. Either way, if the irregular fading remains you could try redying them or using a dye remover to turn them a natural color. Actually it's best to use the dye remover before redying them. After using the remover, just make sure you wash them again a couple times. The color can change drastically after a wash or two. You'd have to decide if they're worth all that trouble. Could be a fun and interesting experiment though.
Originally Posted by honpan
If I were to wash linen garment, should I want by hand or machine with short cycle?
Either way's probably fine.
Originally Posted by kolecho
I use Irish linen pants a lot. Before having them made up, I wash and tumble dry myself to remove all shrinkage. After they are made up, I simply throw them into the wash with other cottons, hang dry and press. Fading is part of the deal with linen and cotton. Looks good IMHO.
I usually do too. I've even done this for some deconstructed sport coats Luxire's made for me. But I have a pair of linen pants from Ambrosi that I just may dry clean. He didn't preshring the fabric. T4phage has washed his, but I'm scared.