shirt shrinkage

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  1. afaludi

    afaludi Senior member

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    i got a slim fit hugo boss shirt that fits dead on, but then thought how much do these shrink in the wash, should i size up or stay true to size.
     
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    Cold water wash, and line dry to minimize shrinking.
     
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    I think you should budget for about 2% shrinkage on cotton shirts that have not been pre-shrunk (or at least that is what I have been told). Can anyone else here confirm this?
     
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    Does anyone know if shrinking occurs in the wash or in the drier? I've been trying to shrink a sleeve cuff that was enlarged for a watch and the tailor just told me to "wash" it several times. But I'm not noticing any change. I hang dry my shirts and I'm wondering if that's why there's no change. An answer would be helpful. Thanks.

    EDIT: I did a search and this seems to be the best thread to post my question. If anyone can find a good answer on another thread, that would be much appreciated.

    EDIT 2: I also want to mention that I iron my shirts after spraying water on the cloth to get the steaming effect since my iron's steam function is crappy. Should this be enough to cause the fabric fibers to tighten?
     
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    breakz Senior member

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    I'd imagine that the drier is where the shrinking takes place. Seen it happen on some older t-shirts.
     
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    billiebob Senior member

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    I only hang dry my shirts and they still shrink. I size up 1/2" in the neck and a full inch in the arms to account for this. Ironing a damp shirt gets it to 300F or higher everytime you wear it anyway. This is probably what shrinks it.
     
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    If the cuff is too big, don't shrink the shirt. Move the button.
     
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    sonlegoman Senior member

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    If the cuff is too big, don't shrink the shirt. Move the button.

    It is French cuff.
     
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    Old thread, but I didn't want to create a new one for no reason. I got a recent shipment of bespoke shirts and there was a margin added to the sleeve length to account for shrinkage. I have worn a couple of them about three times and even threw them in the drier after wearing and the sleeves are still too long. Did we (tailor and I) over estimate the shrinkage in this particular fabric, or is shrinkage something that will continue to occur gradually. I don't want to go moving the cuffs until I know its done, but at the same time slightly too long cuffs drive me batshit insane.
     
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    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    most shrinkage disappears within 3 washes.
    have the sleeves shortened and tell them to leave the excess inside the cuff.
    this is if it is 3/4" or less.
    anymore, and then you might have to move the sleeve placket.
    is the cuff the correct circumference.
    you could always move the button or tighten up the buttonholes if it is a french cuff, with a couple of stitches at the far end of the buttonhole
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The cuff circumference is fine, just the length is a bit long. I am talking like 1/4" too long, but I'm a psycho and that drives me crazy.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've realized something. The cuffs aren't really too long, but rather the armhole was cut a bit higher and they don't ride up when I move my arm forward or bend my arm. I think I am used to the cuffs riding up and not staying put. Still don't know what I want to do. I am very stressed out over this and cannot think clearly.
     
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    The good shirt fabric comes already preshrinkred from the factory, only the average to poor does shrinks, and more if washed in hot water and not by hand.

    Hugo Boss uses not mediocre but poor fabrics. So normal this happens.

    edit, didnt see the newpost.

    Next time, wash the fabrics before cutting. We only do it for the linen.
     
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    Not really. I have gotten great fabrics from many different mills, ones who claim their stuff doesn't shrink. Well guess, what? They do.
     

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