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Shrink a cashmere jumper ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ernest, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. ernest

    ernest Distinguished Member

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    I have 3 cashmere jumpers which are too large for my taste.

    I thought about puting them in hot water for a few minutes. Do you think it could make them shrink without making any damage to the threads?

    Could it be a good way to make them more tight ?
     


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    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    NO... I tried this once with a merino wool, and it shrinks in an odd way. Trust me on this -- it cannot be done.
     


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    Did you put it in a washing machine?

    Odd in which way?
     


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    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    Wait, perhaps I misunderstood you -- are you going to then DRY the thing in a dryer? If so, it shrinks mainly up (gets shorter) and the arms become tiny. If you are just talking about soaking it and letting it air dry, I think you run a better risk of stretching it than shrinking it. Maybe I'm wrong though.
     


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    Measure how big you want the sweater to be, then dip in tepid water. Squeeze out extra water and place sweater on a flat surface with a towel covering. Start pulling sweater to desired measurements. Do this periodicaly as the sweater dries. This technique is called blocking.
     


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    Blocking largely holds the same size, with some effect on length.

    The proper way to do this is to take the garments to a tailor or dressmaker, who can alter all three to fit properly in multiple dimensions, probably for $25 or $30 each.
     


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    Interesting issue as we have got 3 differents opinions...

    I just wanted to wet it and let it dry lying.
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Oh geez, why haven't I thought of that earlier? Brilliant.
     


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    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    Yeah, Mr. Dryer the Tailor is very unpredictable. I would not recommend experimenting unless you don't mind losing the ability to wear the item. Alas, one should just try to purchase items that fit oneself (a lesson that I painfully learned).

    Jon.
     


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    Alter yes, boil NO NO NO

    Better option - buy cheeseburgers, will solve your 12 too large suit problem quickly
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    mais non. le cheezburger, eet ees for redneck
     


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    (Carlo @ Feb. 14 2005,07:32) Alter yes, boil NO NO NO Better option - buy cheeseburgers, will solve your 12 too large suit problem quickly
    mais non. le cheezburger, eet ees for redneck
    @#$&@ @&$^# )(*# @#&$# .
     


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