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Thread started 05/30/15 1:27am

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Can I shrink a medium shirt to a small?

so my favorite shirt has a few small holes near the bottom of it and I went to the cleaners and they said they couldn't do anything with it. I've searched on eBay and they only have the shirt for sale in medium or large, not any small sizes for sale at all. So I figure I would buy a medium and shrink it to a small if possible. Can any of you help me out please? its a 55% cotton/ 45 % polyester shirt
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Reply #1 posted 05/30/15 6:26am

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I feel like this is a question for Genesia. Meanwhile, I'll chime in with a few considerations...

Polyesters and cotton-polyester blends are generally shrink resistant. That's one of the selling points of these materials, in fact. That said, you could try washing and then immediately and completely drying the garment several times in the highest heat settings possible. It may shrink a little.

Keep in mind that this high-heat application will also possibly fade your garment, so depending on the desired outcome, be sure to turn the garment inside-out, add a bit of vinegar to the wash, and consider using a detergent made to help dark-coloured clothes retain their pigment.

Alternately, you might consider simply having the garment altered. shrug

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Reply #2 posted 05/30/15 8:44am

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Lammastide said:

I feel like this is a question for Genesia. Meanwhile, I'll chime in with a few considerations...

Polyesters and cotton-polyester blends are generally shrink resistant. That's one of the selling points of these materials, in fact. That said, you could try washing and then immediately and completely drying the garment several times in the highest heat settings possible. It may shrink a little.

Keep in mind that this high-heat application will also possibly fade your garment, so depending on the desired outcome, be sure to turn the garment inside-out, add a bit of vinegar to the wash, and consider using a detergent made to help dark-coloured clothes retain their pigment.

Alternately, you might consider simply having the garment altered. shrug

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does the cleaners shrink clothes? or what places do that?
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Reply #3 posted 05/30/15 8:59am

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nvm I found this on Yahoo answers

Where/how can I resize clothes?
I'm pretty small for my age, so anything I really like is eather too long (the sleves + the length) or too wide, but usually (almost always) just around the bust. >///< It's really annoying because I can't get anything I really like. I do have a sewing machine one of those mini/portable sewing machines that could fit in your jacket pocket and a mini sewing machine for traveling. I don't know how to sew, but I'm learning. But is there anywhere I could take clothes to to get them resized? And about how much would it cost per shirt/dress/skirt, etc?
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What you're talking about is called "alterations", and the person you're looking for is an alterationist. Commonly found through dry cleaners, through ads in the phone book, etc. Some dressmakers also do alterations.

Generally, alterations are fairly expensive compared to the cost of everyday clothes... hemming a pair of jeans, for instance, costs $10-25 around me, depending on the type of hem you want.
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Reply #4 posted 05/30/15 4:04pm

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breakdown2k14 said:

so my favorite shirt has a few small holes near the bottom of it and I went to the cleaners and they said they couldn't do anything with it. I've searched on eBay and they only have the shirt for sale in medium or large, not any small sizes for sale at all. So I figure I would buy a medium and shrink it to a small if possible. Can any of you help me out please? its a 55% cotton/ 45 % polyester shirt

re-vamp the shirt, by making a sexy patchwork of it. enhance the holes by making more holes and embroidering around them. applique the sparkly heck out of the holes and boom! new style shirt. that'll be five dollar please

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Reply #5 posted 06/01/15 4:35am

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I haven't worn or drank a Small or Medium anything since Forever...My suggestion is that you wash it and hang it outside to dry..Cheap material always shrinks and I'm talking from experience...

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Reply #6 posted 06/01/15 7:44am

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Lammastide said:

I feel like this is a question for Genesia. Meanwhile, I'll chime in with a few considerations...

Polyesters and cotton-polyester blends are generally shrink resistant. That's one of the selling points of these materials, in fact. That said, you could try washing and then immediately and completely drying the garment several times in the highest heat settings possible. It may shrink a little.

Keep in mind that this high-heat application will also possibly fade your garment, so depending on the desired outcome, be sure to turn the garment inside-out, add a bit of vinegar to the wash, and consider using a detergent made to help dark-coloured clothes retain their pigment.

Alternately, you might consider simply having the garment altered. shrug

Absolutely correct. A shirt with a content of 55% cotton/45% polyester is unlikely to shrink a full size. And if it does, it will shrink more in length than width. (Fabrics always shrink more on the warp than the weft.)

What is it about the shirt that you like? What kind of shirt is it? I'm just wondering if there isn't a way to salvage the shirt you have or to have one in a larger size cut down or incorporated into another shirt.

For now, I would suggest treating the holes with Fray Check. It will help to keep them from getting any bigger.

http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-1674-Liquid-Sealant-0-75-Ounce/dp/B000YQKIDY

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Reply #7 posted 06/01/15 8:56am

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I like the way the shirt feels and it looks awesome too. I just bought the same shirt in medium size since they didn't have a small and I'm gonna get the cleaners place to shrink it to a small. They can do that right?
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Reply #8 posted 06/01/15 10:38am

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breakdown2k14 said:

I like the way the shirt feels and it looks awesome too. I just bought the same shirt in medium size since they didn't have a small and I'm gonna get the cleaners place to shrink it to a small. They can do that right?


No. But good luck! lol

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Reply #9 posted 06/01/15 2:06pm

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Breakdown, I've recently had an obsession with Le Coq Sportif clothing... which no longer is available in Canadian stores. mad


Anyway, there are Le Coq Sportif items I've seen online in the past that are no longer available on the manufacturer's own site or on eBay, for example. In some cases I've had success by simply Googling the make and item number and finding the desired garments on other sites, like Craigslist, Amazon, or other international retail outlets. Have you tried this sort of thing?

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Reply #10 posted 06/06/15 12:34am

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Genesia said:



Lammastide said:


I feel like this is a question for Genesia. Meanwhile, I'll chime in with a few considerations...

Polyesters and cotton-polyester blends are generally shrink resistant. That's one of the selling points of these materials, in fact. That said, you could try washing and then immediately and completely drying the garment several times in the highest heat settings possible. It may shrink a little.

Keep in mind that this high-heat application will also possibly fade your garment, so depending on the desired outcome, be sure to turn the garment inside-out, add a bit of vinegar to the wash, and consider using a detergent made to help dark-coloured clothes retain their pigment.

Alternately, you might consider simply having the garment altered. shrug





Absolutely correct. A shirt with a content of 55% cotton/45% polyester is unlikely to shrink a full size. And if it does, it will shrink more in length than width. (Fabrics always shrink more on the warp than the weft.)



What is it about the shirt that you like? What kind of shirt is it? I'm just wondering if there isn't a way to salvage the shirt you have or to have one in a larger size cut down or incorporated into another shirt.



For now, I would suggest treating the holes with Fray Check. It will help to keep them from getting any bigger.

http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-1674-Liquid-Sealant-0-75-Ounce/dp/B000YQKIDY

I took your advice and just ordered some" Fray Check" from Amazon, I hope it does well. I thought about getting it patched up and was wondering do cleaners do custom patches? ?? cuz I would LOVE a Prince Symbol patched on my shirt. I think that would be cool if it comes down to the point that I have to patch it. It looks fine now though even with a few holes near the end of the shirt.
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Reply #11 posted 06/06/15 7:52pm

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Just work out more, and get swolled up and make that shirtfit tighter and sleep with clothspins (wooden ones wre best) clasped on your nipples overnight. This will ensure otimum perkiness and if that doesn't work, tie fine grade floss around the erect nipple for all day definition.

Because we all know smediums are hard to find at the store and nipples are best when erect! That is what we women focus on. nod

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Reply #12 posted 06/06/15 11:11pm

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paintedlady said:

Just work out more, and get swolled up and make that shirtfit tighter and sleep with clothspins (wooden ones wre best) clasped on your nipples overnight. This will ensure otimum perkiness and if that doesn't work, tie fine grade floss around the erect nipple for all day definition.



Because we all know smediums are hard to find at the store and nipples are best when erect! That is what we women focus on. nod



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work out more? I couldn't if I tried. I'm 5"7,and 115 pounds. I would rather be bony than muscular
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Reply #13 posted 06/08/15 4:33am

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breakdown2k14 said:

Genesia said:



Lammastide said:


I feel like this is a question for Genesia. Meanwhile, I'll chime in with a few considerations...

Polyesters and cotton-polyester blends are generally shrink resistant. That's one of the selling points of these materials, in fact. That said, you could try washing and then immediately and completely drying the garment several times in the highest heat settings possible. It may shrink a little.

Keep in mind that this high-heat application will also possibly fade your garment, so depending on the desired outcome, be sure to turn the garment inside-out, add a bit of vinegar to the wash, and consider using a detergent made to help dark-coloured clothes retain their pigment.

Alternately, you might consider simply having the garment altered. shrug





Absolutely correct. A shirt with a content of 55% cotton/45% polyester is unlikely to shrink a full size. And if it does, it will shrink more in length than width. (Fabrics always shrink more on the warp than the weft.)



What is it about the shirt that you like? What kind of shirt is it? I'm just wondering if there isn't a way to salvage the shirt you have or to have one in a larger size cut down or incorporated into another shirt.



For now, I would suggest treating the holes with Fray Check. It will help to keep them from getting any bigger.

http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-1674-Liquid-Sealant-0-75-Ounce/dp/B000YQKIDY

I took your advice and just ordered some" Fray Check" from Amazon, I hope it does well. I thought about getting it patched up and was wondering do cleaners do custom patches? ?? cuz I would LOVE a Prince Symbol patched on my shirt. I think that would be cool if it comes down to the point that I have to patch it. It looks fine now though even with a few holes near the end of the shirt.


Fray Check will only stop the holes from getting bigger. It will not fix the hole or stop new ones from forming.

You could probably find a seamstress or tailor who could "re-weave" the holes - as long as they are tiny. It isn't a very complicated job. But again, it will only work on small holes and will not prevent new ones from forming.
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Reply #14 posted 06/08/15 8:06am

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Genesia said:

breakdown2k14 said:

I took your advice and just ordered some" Fray Check" from Amazon, I hope it does well. I thought about getting it patched up and was wondering do cleaners do custom patches? ?? cuz I would LOVE a Prince Symbol patched on my shirt. I think that would be cool if it comes down to the point that I have to patch it. It looks fine now though even with a few holes near the end of the shirt.


Fray Check will only stop the holes from getting bigger. It will not fix the hole or stop new ones from forming.

You could probably find a seamstress or tailor who could "re-weave" the holes - as long as they are tiny. It isn't a very complicated job. But again, it will only work on small holes and will not prevent new ones from forming.

I went to a tailor and she said she couldn't weave it,the holes aren't even that big. I was surprised she couldn't but she said she could patch it. I told her no but now I'm considering it.I'm not sure though
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Reply #15 posted 06/08/15 8:48am

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I took a picture of the shirt but I can't figure out how to post it on my phone. Its a Looney tunes wingman shirt and I can't find it online anywhere. Its 55 percent cotton and 45 polyester. And it's really thin
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Reply #16 posted 06/08/15 12:52pm

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I've never been able to do this with any real success. sad

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Reply #17 posted 06/08/15 2:35pm

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breakdown2k14 said:

Genesia said:
Fray Check will only stop the holes from getting bigger. It will not fix the hole or stop new ones from forming. You could probably find a seamstress or tailor who could "re-weave" the holes - as long as they are tiny. It isn't a very complicated job. But again, it will only work on small holes and will not prevent new ones from forming.
I went to a tailor and she said she couldn't weave it,the holes aren't even that big. I was surprised she couldn't but she said she could patch it. I told her no but now I'm considering it.I'm not sure though


Do not let her patch it! disbelief

Weaving it isn't that tough. If it's a woven shirt, you just use a matching thread to weave across the hole. If it's a knit, you try to catch the stitches on the ends, draw them together (gently) and tie them off on the back side.

Of course, I haven't seen the holes, so they may be too big to fix this way. shrug

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Genesia said:



breakdown2k14 said:


Genesia said:
Fray Check will only stop the holes from getting bigger. It will not fix the hole or stop new ones from forming. You could probably find a seamstress or tailor who could "re-weave" the holes - as long as they are tiny. It isn't a very complicated job. But again, it will only work on small holes and will not prevent new ones from forming.

I went to a tailor and she said she couldn't weave it,the holes aren't even that big. I was surprised she couldn't but she said she could patch it. I told her no but now I'm considering it.I'm not sure though


Do not let her patch it! disbelief

Weaving it isn't that tough. If it's a woven shirt, you just use a matching thread to weave across the hole. If it's a knit, you try to catch the stitches on the ends, draw them together (gently) and tie them off on the back side.

Of course, I haven't seen the holes, so they may be too big to fix this way. shrug


do u mind if I can email u a pic of the shirt? ? it Would help a lot, I can't figure out how to post a pic, my phone won't let me
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Reply #19 posted 06/09/15 7:14am

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the fraying adds CHARACTER to it.

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Reply #20 posted 06/10/15 9:55am

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good news everyone, I THINK I found the shirt, I'm not positive cuz I bought two from eBay and they weren't made like the one that's messed up. they weren't thin and fitted but the customer reviews say these shirts are. Gonna order one very soon. http://www.redbubble.com/...tion=front
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Okay, so it's a t-shirt - which means it's a knit. Yeah, that makes it harder to fix without it being obvious.

On the plus side, the Fray Check will work very well.

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Reply #22 posted 06/16/15 4:18pm

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Re-sizing a T shirt is VERY easy and it can be done in a way that doesn't appear as if its been altered at all. I do it all the time for my daughter--she is a tiny thing and her friends have asked her how she manages to find every T she loves in a perfect fit. Basically, I turn the new shirt inside out, Then I lay one of my girls favorite old fitted T's over the new shirt, trace it and cut it to the exact shape. Then I close up the sides. (T shirt fabric is very forgiving ifyou don't sew that great) Let me see if I can find a you tube video...it was actually pretty easy to do. I do it pretty often so it usually takes me about 20 minuts to resize her T shirts for her. Ahhhhh heres a video link: http://gawker.com/cops-te...1711789509

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I've also made round collars into V necks but I don't recomment that unless you enjoy cussing under your breath and messing up T shirts. I've had some successes and some failures in that department

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