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CT modified shirts to fix collar shrinkage problem?

bjornb17

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I have seen a lot of people on here talk about how their CT shirt collars have shrunk after washing and drying a few times, about half an inch or so. The CT wash instructions have always said to hang dry and not to use a drier, but most people used a drier anyway and eventually they had a shirt that was too small in the neck.

Well, I received a batch of new CT shirts yesterday, and they now proudly advertise that you can tumble dry them. Trying them on, the shirts themselves fit the same, but the collars fit like they are about half a size bigger than what I'm used to on these shirts, presumeably to allow for shrinkage.

Just thought I'd point that out, seems that they took everyone's complaint into consideration!

They also now offer button cuffs on all their cutaway collar shirts which I'm thrilled about. Wearing one today and it looks stellar.
 

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Originally Posted by bjornb17
I have seen a lot of people on here talk about how their CT shirt collars have shrunk after washing and drying a few times, about half an inch or so. The CT wash instructions have always said to hang dry and not to use a drier, but most people used a drier anyway and eventually they had a shirt that was too small in the neck.

Well, I received a batch of new CT shirts yesterday, and they now proudly advertise that you can tumble dry them. Trying them on, the shirts themselves fit the same, but the collars fit like they are about half a size bigger than what I'm used to on these shirts, presumeably to allow for shrinkage.

Just thought I'd point that out, seems that they took everyone's complaint into consideration!

They also now offer button cuffs on all their cutaway collar shirts which I'm thrilled about. Wearing one today and it looks stellar.


Now if they offered smoother more durable poplin, mop buttons, split yokes cut on the bias, higher collars, and french seams they will be really something.
 

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Now if the offered smoother more durable poplin, mop buttons, split yokes cut on the bias, higher collars, and french seams they will be really something.

MOP buttons would be nice, but my biggest complaint is the pattern matching from yoke to sleeve, which has been hit or miss on the striped shirts I have. It looks fantastic when it's done right. Considering what $50 buys you at brooks brothers (nothing) or any department store, CT is the best of the bunch. They are better than the RL Polo Regent shirts I've bought for $50.
 

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Did they soften the interlining? My thought is that the shrinkage is due to the interlining in the collar.
 

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Originally Posted by bjornb17
MOP buttons would be nice, but my biggest complaint is the pattern matching from yoke to sleeve, which has been hit or miss on the striped shirts I have. It looks fantastic when it's done right. Considering what $50 buys you at brooks brothers (nothing) or any department store, CT is the best of the bunch. They are better than the RL Polo Regent shirts I've bought for $50.

I don't know, I think the cotton used for RL and BB is much softer than CT. I haven't worn any of these in years, but when I did, I much prefered the RL and BB cotton. CT cotton shirts looked ragged really fast and felt kind of rough.

Originally Posted by zarathustra
Did they soften the interlining? My thought is that the shrinkage is due to the interlining in the collar.

No, it is due to the cotton. They might be pre-shrinking their cotton, or using different fabric all together. Most interlining is Polyester, or a poly blend so that it shrinks less than the cotton itself.
 

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