I'd heard a few conflicting opinions on this, and I'd like to know what the board thinks... Not being a particularly tall guy, I've had an old favorite 100% cotton dress shirt shortened a little, so as to make it look better when worn untucked. The chest pocket, being of a stock-standard size (ie, too big), now looks a little unbalanced. So, my theory goes something like this: If I unpick all the stitching around the pocket, remove it, and wash the shirt, the holes should all disappear... right? Or am I totally wrong? I was under the impression that when a stitch is made, it pushes the cotton fibers apart, rather than breaking them, that's why piercing a shirt's collar with a collar pin leaves a hole which disappears when washed. Help me out here, someone? Thanks, Nick.