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What's the best way to deliberately shrink a t-shirt?

Asked by richardhenry (12638points) July 25th, 2008

I was recently given a shirt I really enjoy, but it’s a little too big, especially on the sleeves. What’s the best way to deliberately shrink a shirt in the wash? It has some print on it, but otherwise is made out of cotton.

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AstroChuck's avatar

Wash in hot water then put it in the hot dryer. Be sure to turn it inside out first to protect the print. If that doesn’t work find Rick Moranis and see if you can use his shrinking machine. Or just do what I do when I have something to big to wear- eat more.

marinelife's avatar

Check the label. You must hope (BTW, this is the opposite of what one would normally hope for) that it has not been pre-shrunk.

If all else fails, wear it as a nightshirt.

richardhenry's avatar

It’s printed on American Apparel, and there’s no mention of it being pre-shrunk anywhere. Hmm, not an eligible dryer owner though, but I could wash it on hot and then dry it in the boiler cupboard? It’s sort of warm in there.

It would be a shame to put it into the nightshirts drawer, along with the duvet-sized Chicago shirt that someone bought me.

AstroChuck's avatar

rh- No laundromat around?

sferik's avatar

Bring it to a dry cleaner.

PupnTaco's avatar

Be forewarned t-shirts typically shrink in length more than they do in width.

chaosrob's avatar

Boil it for about 5 minutes.

Knotmyday's avatar

“Ever had an oversized shirt you wish you could shrink down to a fitted, girly tee?” Video tutorial.

chortle

richardhenry's avatar

@PupnTaco: That’s a point. Hmm, I don’t think this is going to work.

PupnTaco's avatar

American Apparel shirts are typically a very snug fit, maybe your gift-giver just guessed too high in size.

richardhenry's avatar

Indeed they did. :) I wear AA all the time, but this is a size too big.

marinelife's avatar

@rh Assuming you haven’t tried any of the methods here, any chance of exchanging it?

richardhenry's avatar

Ahh hell with it. I’ll shrink it and see what happens. I’ll tell you the results. :)

trickface's avatar

so did it work?

richardhenry's avatar

Oh, no. I ended up giving it away.

marinelife's avatar

@richardhenry It is really almost impossible to get the neck right without alterations. Sorry about that.

AstroChuck's avatar

All those hours and hours spent reseaching so that we could to give you advice and you just give it away?
Shame on you, richardhenry. Shame on you.

marinelife's avatar

@AC He gave it away after he tried shrinking it, and it still didn’t fit.

AstroChuck's avatar

oh. Shame on me, then

richardhenry's avatar

trying to make me look bad, jackass? :)

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