softening scratchy linen?

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  1. drducky

    drducky Senior member

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    I just picked up a RLPL linen shirt and a Lorenzini cotton/linen blend that I really like the fit of, but both are very scratchy.. is there a special technique to softening the fabric? the all linen is darker blue, so I'm also concerned that laundering it could fade the colors
    any recommendations?
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    I would just wash it with cold water and use a good fabric softener.
     


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    I just picked up a RLPL linen shirt and a Lorenzini cotton/linen blend that I really like the fit of, but both are very scratchy
    Have you worn the shirts before laundering them? I launder my shirts at least once before I wear them, to soften them. Those are both better makers so I doubt that they're using substandard linen.
     


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    Have you worn the shirts before laundering them? I launder my shirts at least once before I wear them, to soften them. Those are both better makers so I doubt that they're using substandard linen.

    I haven't worn either yet... looking for tips.. is this residual starch to allow the fabric to be cut easier in constructing the shirts? I have a number of cheap linen that are very soft, but are like wearing a tent (and I'm not a small guy)
    just want to make sure I do things properly to maintain colors and prevent shrinkage, etc
    thanks for the replies though
     


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    I haven't worn either yet... looking for tips.. is this residual starch to allow the fabric to be cut easier in constructing the shirts? I have a number of cheap linen that are very soft, but are like wearing a tent (and I'm not a small guy)
    just want to make sure I do things properly to maintain colors and prevent shrinkage, etc
    thanks for the replies though


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