I have some shirts that are too big for me. I know that putting them in the dryer would shrink it but I did that and was not enough.

Is there any other (effective) way to make them smaller?

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    Mar 23, 2016 at 18:15
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  • shrinking clothes is a bit of an urban myth, it depends on material, wash temperatures and as some will have noticed, directly after a wash some cotton clothing may shrink a bit, but once you've worn them for a bit expand and stretch. If you want an item of clothing properly resized take the tailor option.
    – Ourjamie
    Mar 31, 2016 at 9:31

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Washing in Hot water and/or drying on High Heat setting usually works. Although, I am sure this depends on the type of fabric you are attempting to shrink. I know it works on cotton shirts and denim jeans. Careful because it may ruin some fabrics.

  • Apart from the tiny caveat that shrinkage may be different for width and length, depending on the fabric.
    – Stephie
    Mar 31, 2016 at 15:12

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    In what way is that a lifehack?
    – Chenmunka
    Mar 23, 2016 at 13:50
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    – Dragonrage
    Mar 23, 2016 at 18:13
  • Going to a tailor is a valid answer - it's a good idea if the clothing has significant value (like an expensive dress or suit). My wife paid $40 to have a $300 designer dress altered to fit her after a friend gave it to her.
    – Johnny
    Mar 25, 2016 at 2:09

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