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How to unshrink T-shirts?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by SField, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. SField

    SField Well-Known Member

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    I have a bunch of these black Ts that I wear all the time, and after one wash they shrink which is nice because I like a good fit, but I'm quite tall so they become too short. Is there any way to unshrink them, or do I have to throw them away and buy new ones?

    I know that in order to prevent shrinkage you have to wash in cold water and air dry.
     
  2. johnH123

    johnH123 Well-Known Member

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    I have a bunch of these black Ts that I wear all the time, and after one wash they shrink which is nice because I like a good fit, but I'm quite tall so they become too short. Is there any way to unshrink them, or do I have to throw them away and buy new ones?

    I know that in order to prevent shrinkage you have to wash in cold water and air dry.


    Grab bottom of shirt with hands.

    Pull in a downward motion.

    Shirt is now un-shrunk.
     
  3. Christobevii3

    Christobevii3 Well-Known Member

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    Just wear it and it will unshrink
     
  4. SField

    SField Well-Known Member

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    Just wear it and it will unshrink

    how will it unshrink lengthwise?
     
  5. Listi

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    shrinking is not reversible really.
     
  6. VMan

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    Wash, and then hang-dry while damp on wide-shouldered suit hangers.

    Gravity will stretch the wet shirt out lengthwise; if the shirt is too dry this won't work.
     
  7. wizzeak

    wizzeak Well-Known Member

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    Everytime my shirts shrink I usually wear it, pull at it and stretch it (bad I know but w/e lol), or I wear it damp for a while then hang dry
     
  8. brad-t

    brad-t Well-Known Member

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    buy longer t-shirts
     
  9. tigerx

    tigerx Well-Known Member

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    um buy a new one?
     
  10. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Well-Known Member

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    shrinking is not reversible really.

    +1
     
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    Put it back into your dryer and put the dryer on "reverse" mode, then put in washing machine and put washing machine into "reverse" mode, that should do the trick.
     
  13. Listi

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    Put it back into your dryer and put the dryer on "reverse" mode, then put in washing machine and put washing machine into "reverse" mode, that should do the trick.

    But be careful, this can also make your clothes very dirty and smelly.
     
  14. c00kz

    c00kz Well-Known Member

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    You guys are weird, just wash and dry yourself to fit into the shirts.
     
  15. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Well-Known Member

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    Don't buy cheap tees that don't fit. Lengthwise shrinking is basically irreversible.
     
  16. Casey

    Casey Well-Known Member

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    I'll cut off the bottoms of my shirts and let you have them...

    They tend to bunch around my middle and make me look fat.
     
  17. CharlieAngel

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    Get some long garters. Apply one end to socks, run the other end up to the bottom of the t-shirt. Tighten. Wear when wet.

    take pics and post them in the WAYWT.
     
  18. SField

    SField Well-Known Member

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    Don't buy cheap tees that don't fit. Lengthwise shrinking is basically irreversible.

    Well at my height it's very difficult to get tees that are long enough and not extremely boxy. I need the length of at least a large but I take a fit of like a small.
     
  19. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Well-Known Member

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    Well at my height it's very difficult to get tees that are long enough and not extremely boxy. I need the length of at least a large but I take a fit of like a small.

    Look for basics from avant brands like Rick Owens or Julius. On sale the price isn't too crazy.
     
  20. BB1

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    Try buying higher quality shirts. I've never experienced any noticeable shrinking with the more expensive cotton tees from brands such as Lad, DBSS, MofM, Julius, or Wings+Horns. These brands also hold their shape over time too without stretching. Lad and MofM tend to be cut short, Julius and DBSS are super long, and W+H is somewhere in between.

    If you want something cheap with longer length (relative to the width), then try the AA baby ribbed tees. You should not have to size down as far on these since they are far narrower around the waist than the standard AA tees. But of course being AA they shrink easily if you're not careful.
     

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