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Unshrinking 100% wool tweed jacket?

Ben Klesc

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A few weeks ago I bought a used tweed sport coat and it had a thick smell of tobacco caked onto the fibers. I had figured if you do not throw a wool suit into the dryer then it could be wet cleaned without shrinking. I made sure to let it dry flat and made sure to only use cold water. I should have never took the advice from the internet. It did not work.

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For some reason my jacket did shrink. It did not wrinkle but the sleeves and chest have no chance of fitting now. The suit is supposed to be a 38 and now it's closer to a 34. So here is my question...

I was reading on the internet some advice for unshrinking wool. Someone told me you should iron and stretch wool jackets out with steam. Others have suggest getting the wool a little damp and using a steamer and stretching. Yet some have said never use a steamer on wool. Others have suggested I need to rewash the suit with conditioner and warm water and leave it to dry stretched out. Is there anything I could do?
 
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No, the garment is ruined.

Do not put tailored clothing through a wet cleaning process, especially if it's made with materials inside.

I recommend giving it to someone who's going through homelessness and may need a jacket for warmth. Donate it to a shelter. No need to throw a jacket away.
 

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A few weeks ago I bought a used tweed sport coat and it had a thick smell of tobacco caked onto the fibers. I had figured if you do not throw a wool suit into the dryer then it could be wet cleaned without shrinking. I made sure to let it dry flat and made sure to only use cold water. I should have never took the advice from the internet. It did not work.

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For some reason my jacket did shrink. It did not wrinkle but the sleeves and chest have no chance of fitting now. The suit is supposed to be a 38 and now it's closer to a 34. So here is my question...

I was reading on the internet some advice for unshrinking wool. Someone told me you should iron and stretch wool jackets out with steam. Others have suggest getting the wool a little damp and using a steamer and stretching. Yet some have said never use a steamer on wool. Others have suggested I need to rewash the suit with conditioner and warm water and leave it to dry stretched out. Is there anything I could do?
its ruined. Just donate it and walk away. Lesson learned for the next time.
 

Ben Klesc

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For those interested this was a Hart Schaffner Marx, or at least was. Lesson learned. :( ;)

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Ben Klesc

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These should be taken off the internet! :eek2:


 
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If structured clothing could be washed, dry cleaning would not exist. That said, lots of “dry clean only” clothes can be washed by hand or in a delicate cycle—including many wool trousers and silk shirts. But never jackets with interior structure.
 

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