I've always dry cleaned all of my dress shirts for years, but decided I would have them laundered last week... I got them back yesterday only to find that not a single one fit anymore! I'm not sure if I should blame the cleaners or myself... but hundreds of dollars worth of cotton shirts were completely ruined and can no longer be worn. How much do cotton shirts normally shrink in wash? Is it only when placed in the dryer and if so... what are the normal laundering techniques? Is it my fault for not specifying that they should NOT be placed int he dryer... even though it clearly states on the washing instructions? I must admit that I really had no clue what the laundering process was. I have a washer and dryer at home and could've done the same thing but assumed that no high end laundering service would be dumb enough to take my shirts and dump them in a dryer!! I figured they would've been hung and pressed somehow. Is this my own fault or should I go back and ask them to take responsibility? I'm devastated that half of my shirts are completely ruined now, inclouding some very expensive and one of a kind items. Is it normal for cotton shirts to shrink 1-3 inches? And is there any way to stretch them out and salvage them if so? I stretched one shirt by hand and got an extra inch and a half out of it... but all my favorite button downs now fall at least 2" below my wrists. If I raise my hands in the air... I may as well be wearing short sleeves! What to do?? I'd like to know for next time as well, whether laundering is a bad idea and I should go back to dry cleaning. I got the impression otherwise, however I'm really upset about what happened this weekend.