It may not be the first thing to occur to us to shrink new clothes, even though we need to tighten them a little bit. But we all end up with a shirt at some time that has a more elongated hemline, pulled sleeves, or just a little bit too wide. Stretching is part of the usual wear-and-tear of your clothing. And oftentimes, it stretches out in the parts that make our garments unflattering! Don’t worry, you can still salvage your favorite clothing, and all you need is a few washing machine hacks so you can keep your clothes forever fashionable and flattering! Yes, you got it: time to shrink clothing!
But before you start shrinking your clothes, it is important to take note of the following:
Now that we’ve got the reminders covered, it’s time to get to work! Here’s how you can shrink your clothing depending on their material:
If you want to shrink cotton clothing, it is easy as cotton fabric shrinks the best. But since cotton clothing can bleed, make sure to separate the colors from the whites.
Shrinking denim also requires hot temperatures in order to achieve your desired results. And it actually requires the same steps as when shrinking your cotton garments! Refer to the steps on how to shrink cotton and apply the same techniques to your jeans and you can achieve just the same results.
Unlike cotton fabric, polyester shrinks less. However, you can still shrink them down by following these steps:
Be extra careful when attempting to shrink your clothes made of wool. Wool is especially sensitive to heat, so make sure to check your temperature levels properly before starting to shrink them. If you wash and dry them in high heat, it may shrink drastically, which you do not want to happen.
The manufacturer manipulates pre-shrunk clothing using a controlled process to shrink the fabric prior to selling them. After purchasing, pre-shrunk clothes may be washed and dried and the material is typically able to return to its initial form. However, if you notice a bit of stretching and you want to make it look as new, here are some steps:
Don’t get discouraged when your favorite garments start stretching. You don’t have to toss it away, because you can always bring it back to its usual form. Now that you know how to properly shrink your clothes to fit better, get working on all your old clothing and give them a second chance!