Dry clean before alterations?

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  1. coachvu

    coachvu Senior member

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    On my latest trip to Marshall's, I found the perfect pair of pale blue Polo corduroys (made in Italy). I need to have the waist taken in as well as the legs hemmed. Should I dry clean these first to shrink them a bit before the alterations?
     


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    mack11211 Senior member

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    Yes. The clean/press can shrink things slightly.
     


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    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Bump for more opinions. I have two pairs of moleskin pants and one pair of wool slacks that need to be hemmed. They are all labeled dry clean only. Should I take them to the dry cleaners before alterations to account for shrinkage?
     


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    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    Well color me ignorant, but I've never drycleaned in advance of alterations, and I haven't noticed any ill effects.
     


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    tiecollector Senior member

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    I have never had a problem with things that need dry cleaning. It isn't a bad idea though, to be safe. If something is washable, I certainly wash them first.
     


  6. coachvu

    coachvu Senior member

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    Bump for more opinions. I have two pairs of moleskin pants and one pair of wool slacks that need to be hemmed. They are all labeled dry clean only. Should I take them to the dry cleaners before alterations to account for shrinkage?

    For cotton pants, I'd say yes. I wouldn't for wool pants.
     


  7. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    My experience has been the same as Vintage Gent's. As coach and tiecollector suggest, it might make sense with cotton clothing or other things you're likely to wash with some regularity. With wool (or moleskin, even though it's technically cotton) I try to avoid drycleaning unless absolutely necessary, so I wouldn't do so before alterations. I've never noticed any appreciable shrinkage from drycleaning.
     


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