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shrink fit cotton shirt?


Jan 3, 2011
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I've got pretty long arms, so it's hard to find a ready-to-wear shirt that fits right. I'm a Medium in the body but I need a Large to get the arm length I need, so I end up with shirts that look oversized somehow.

My new favorite shirt is the Norse Projects Villand canvas shirt in Gold color. I got an M, wore it for a night and got fed up with the arm length so I took it back for an L. It fits more like a jacket/shirt and I'm wondering if I should have it taken in.

Then I read about shrink-fitting and wondered if this is a good candidate. I've seen some very nice shrink-fits with denim jackets, for example. As far as I have read, to shrink-fit you soak the cotton item in hot water and wear it until it's dry.

Normal cotton should shrink 1" to 1 1/2", or maybe one size. But how could I control that shrinking so that the arms keep the length? Keep stretching them during the drying?

Links to any how-to posts or shrink-fit discussions in general are welcome!

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