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#3617551 - 03/16/14 01:46 PM Shrinking wool clothes
Vermin93
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Has anyone ever done a controlled shrink of a wool garment? I have a few merino wool tops that are just way too big. They are size 2XL and I want them to be more like a size L. I'm thinking if I wash them and put them in the dryer on low heat for a bit they should shrink some - right? Will they stay shrunk? You can't unshrink wool once it's shrunk, can you?
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#3617558 - 03/16/14 01:55 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: Vermin93]
Diehard Hunter
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They will stay shrunk, but I don't know that you can control it.
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#3617560 - 03/16/14 01:58 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Eric Kilby
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In my opinion its better for them to be to snug instead of to loose ... from a comfort stand point
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#3617571 - 03/16/14 02:18 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: Eric Kilby]
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Nice problem to have! \:\)

Let us know how it works out.
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#3617634 - 03/16/14 03:28 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: plinker22]
Inkstainz
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I'm not sure that shrinking can be controlled but if you figure out a way to do it let us know
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#3617638 - 03/16/14 03:30 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: plinker22]
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You could possibly make a cutout of cardboard or something that would not compress,cut it to desired size wet garment,put it on the cutout then dry,it should only shrink down to the form size.Just a theory though I have not actually done it.
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#3617648 - 03/16/14 03:38 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: dmonty]
Vermin93
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Here's my thinking on this...

The shrinking process occurs throughout the duration of the drying cycle until the garment is dry. So, if I only put the wet garment in the dryer for about 10 minutes and then take it out and let it air dry the rest of the way, it should only experience partial shrinkage. I should be able to repeat this process as many times as needed to get it shrunk down to the size I want. At least that is the theory I plan to test out. We'll see what happens.
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#3618151 - 03/16/14 09:39 PM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: Vermin93]
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I see a great deal coming to someone that wears med. to small...............LOL. good luck.

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You wash them, put them on and wear them until custom air dry fitted.

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#3618208 - 03/17/14 05:29 AM Re: Shrinking wool clothes [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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From what I understand of wool, it will "size" to the shape that ii is "boxed" to when air drying. Maybe try washing it as usual, then setting it out to dry on a flat surface, crowded to the shape/size that you want it. This may or may not work, but it could save you some grief...
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