Most of the time, people do everything they can to avoid their clothes from shrinking or succumbing to wrinkles. But there are also times when shrinking your clothes on purpose can make you rock your favorite t-shirt or shorts a whole lot better.
Whether you’re jumping on a fashion trend or trying to fit into an oversized piece of clothing, shrinking is a thing — and it’s here to stay.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to shrink different types of clothing and a step-by-step shrink procedure that you can follow to do it without any hitch.
Before you even begin the shrinking, the first and most important step is to determine your clothing’s fabric type. Different fabrics like cotton, polyester, wool and others shrink differently and will require different methods of shrinking.
For example, garments made out of cotton will give you the best results as they are usually shrink friendly. On the other hand, leather and fur are almost a no-go because they will only be more likely to get ruined than altered by the process.
Pre-shrunk or older garments
When it comes to shrinking clothes of any type, all you need is the right amount of heat and you’re good to go. While cotton and polyester will both react differently to the process of shrinking, they are still achieved by turning up the heat. Whether you need higher or lower heat is entirely up to your garment’s needs as mentioned above.
Whatever happens in the process, it’s important to remember shrinking your clothes doesn’t happen instantaneously. It takes the right amount of time and accurate heat to make sure you’re not damaging the garment or going overboard with the shrinking.
Once you’re done shrinking your shirt or sweater to the size that you want, simply remove them from the heat or dryer and leave them hanging up the air to dry. Afterwards, hang it up again in a cool place to let it dry some more and prevent any more shrinkage from happening.