• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 8: Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 8th auction is for a Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Moleskin shrinkage washing

ManofKent

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 24, 2008
Messages
8,636
Reaction score
20,888
I'm needing (okay desiring) more moleskins, and found some in a local shop in a nice shade of dark brown reduced to a silly price. The slight snag is they're labelled dry clean only. Now I've not had shrinkage problems with those I've bought from Hoggs but understand it can be a problem. If I get a size up and wash them at low temperatures inside out should I expect a possible slight shrinkage the first wash then no problems other than gradual colour fade? I can't justify dry cleaning costs.
 

Cary Grant

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 8, 2008
Messages
9,674
Reaction score
411
Here's what Filson says.

Dry cleaning preferred to preserve the look of the material.
If machine washing, turn inside out. Repeated machine washing will give the fabric a weathered look. Allow for 3 to 5% shrinkage if machine washing. To minimize shrinkage, wash in cold water and line dry.

Maybe you could treat them like denim and keep washings to a minimum.
 

ManofKent

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 24, 2008
Messages
8,636
Reaction score
20,888
Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Here's what Filson says.

Dry cleaning preferred to preserve the look of the material.
If machine washing, turn inside out. Repeated machine washing will give the fabric a weathered look. Allow for 3 to 5% shrinkage if machine washing. To minimize shrinkage, wash in cold water and line dry.

Maybe you could treat them like denim and keep washings to a minimum.


Thanks - I'm not sure what the brand was, but at about £20 reduced from £70+ it's probably worth the risk of washing them.
 

kolecho

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 15, 2004
Messages
3,523
Reaction score
486
I wash my Minnis moleskins. They shrink up to an inch after several washes,even cold washes. I always hang dry them. I like the weathered look a lot.

I had some old ones which went to a hotel laundry and came back an inch shorter. They might have thrown them in the tumble dryer.

I wash heavy linens the same way also. They shrink a little less than moleskins and becomes much softer after some washing.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 30 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 143 17.4%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 270 32.8%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 130 15.8%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 70 8.5%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 48 5.8%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 52 6.3%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,099
Messages
9,228,610
Members
193,720
Latest member
viaiulamain
Top