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unshrinking a shirt

meadow

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I have a new CK Collection shirt, which has shrunk a bit too much in the chest after the first wash. I've read that you can use vinegar on the shirt, then throw it in the washer, which will help the shirt to 'unshrink'. Has anyone actually tried this on a dress shirt (most references have people using it on t-shirts).

I'd rather have a slighty tight shirt than a ruined shirt.
 

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I wouldn't try it. Vinegar is acid. Even if it did help, I'm not sure it would unshrink the shirt uniformly.
 

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Try soaking it in water. Wring it out. Hang it wet on a hanger. Pull uniformly along all parts of the shirt you want. Let it hang dry. It may work. I did this on a shirt that has a tiny bit of stretch to it and it worked beautifully. 100% cotton may not respond as much.
 

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Originally Posted by TheWraith
Once it's shrunk, it's shrunk. Nothing you can do about it, as far as I know.
Disagree.
Please read this blog written by an ex Lanvin shirtmaker, he gives some tricks on how to unshrink a shirt and it works very well:
lavraiechemisesurmesure
I have only tried on collar and sleeves but should work for any part.
 

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washing it on cold and hang drying, and then ironing on hot after it dries seems to relax the fabric just a little bit, but probably wont be enough, and takes multiple times.
 

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Originally Posted by Oyaji
Disagree.
Please read this blog written by an ex Lanvin shirtmaker, he gives some tricks on how to unshrink a shirt and it works very well:
lavraiechemisesurmesure
I have only tried on collar and sleeves but should work for any part.


the same can be done with tight cuffs
not sure how much you can get out of the chest
did you put this shirt in a dryer?
 

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