Posted on December 19 2019
I have developed a talent on shrinking more shirts and sweaters than I care to divulge. This normally revolves around finding a sweater I lost in the washer/dryer shift and shrunk it to an incredibly small oompa loompa size. It's really amazing I still do all of our laundry.. lol.
Don't be afraid though, I am here to tell you 2 different ways you can shrink a sweater in a meaningful way. Maybe you have a larger sweater that you would like a tighter fit or had to buy a sweater a few sizes too big since your size was not available.. these steps are for you!
1) This first step normally works for the more expensive fabrics: cashmere and angora
This involves washing on a hot cycle for around 10-15 minutes. If you need to put it in a pillowcare for protection, go ahead. It will not change the outcome in any way.
Put the sweater in the dryer for 30 mins and check back every 5 minutes on the size and fit.
If the sweater is still too big after this, you may repeat the cycle a second time.
2) Cotton, Cotton, and more Cotton!!! I love using this method on the big sweatshirts from my husband... but shhh... he doesn't have to know it's not an accident.. lol
Fill your washer up with enough hot water to soak your sweatshirt for 5-10 minutes. You will then take it out and either pat the shirt down with a towel or you can gentle wring out the water.
You will want to lay your sweatshirt on an ironing board and cover with a thin towel. Iron on high heat for 5-10 minutes.
These are 2 ways I have tried and they seem to work well. Let me know what you think!