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Shrinking oversize sweaters?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ozoid, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Ozoid

    Ozoid New Member

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    Has anyone successfully shrunk sweaters without damaging them?

    My father is cleaning out his closet and gave some wonderful sweaters. 3 are larges,however, and I'm definitely a medium. One is a Polo RL, thick cotton yarn in a fisherman pattern. Another is a finer gauge of cashmere, and the tag of the third only identifies it as wool, in a yarn gauge and weight that approximates a typical lambswool v-neck sweater vest.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I've successfully shrunk quite a few sweaters without damaging them and my son and my g/f love me for my 'efforts'. Putting the dryer on high usually does the trick. Everytime I have done it I have tried shout, "Eureka!!!" but somehow it always comes out as "Oh fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccckkkkkk!!!!!"
     
  3. Ozoid

    Ozoid New Member

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    Not sure I understand. "Successfully shrunk quite a few sweaters," yet it comes out as "Oh fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!!!"

    Former or latter?
     
  4. bings

    bings Senior member

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    just wash in hot water then put them in a dryer on high heat but keep checking on them... unshrinking is waaaaaaay harder to to :)

    i've successfully shrunk a few that are in regular rotation but i've also over-shrunk a few nice cashmeres that i'll be saving for my kids now.
     
  5. mixProtocol

    mixProtocol Senior member

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    Careful with the wool and cashmere sweaters -- they can turn into felt pretty quickly in the dryer.

    I'd try a warm/hot water bath first for those.
     
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  6. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    I was able to successfully unshrink 2 wool sweaters with an extended soak in water and fabric softener and then pinning the sweater on a piece of cardboard to dry
     
  7. bings

    bings Senior member

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    ^^^ yeah i have to try that on a couple pieces... i know it can be done it just takes time, patience and some table space :)
     

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