J.Crew doesn’t usually fit me well, but I’ve been okay with buying their sweaters (especially simple, non-embellished ones) because in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “oh yeah, that’ll shrink”. I picked up a few of the Honeycomb sweaters on sale, and have been wearing them as is for a little while now, but it was only a matter of time before I started getting curious about shrinking them.
Since quite a few ladies also picked up this sweater, I figured I’d post my results, so you can see how this sweater behaves in the wash. If you don’t want this sweater to shrink, you may want to dry clean it.
Note: I’m posting this only as a guide for what I did, and my unique results, in case anyone else was interested in trying it themselves. If you attemp to shrink your clothing, please know that your results may vary, and do so at your own risk.
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This is not the sweater I shrank, but here’s an idea of the fit before shrinking. Notice the length, sleeves, and fit in the torso. It’s not bad, and fine for laying, but I was curious if I could get a better fit.
What I did:
Note: the sweater looked like it shrank just from going through the wash. If you do not want your sweater to shrink, do not put in the wash!
- Removed sweater from garment bag and dried in dryer on “low” for short bursts of time.
- Let air-dry the rest of the way overnight.
The sweater shrunk all around, in all directions. Here are measurements of my non-washed spearmint sweater compared to the grey sweater after washing :
|Spearmint (Non-Washed)||Grey (Washed)|
|Shoulder: 14″||Shoulder: 13″|
|Armpit to armpit: 16.5″||Armpit to armpit: 15″|
|Sleeve: 22″||Sleeve: 21″|
|Length: 22″||Length: 20″|
The knit of the sweater feels tighter, which is to be expected since the threads shrank. I hoped the dryer would alleviate some of the fuzz, but my sweater came out with little fuzz balls that are easily picked off by hand. I also went over the sweater with a sweater shaver, which helped a little bit as well. Up close, the fuzz of the washed sweater doesn’t lay as flat as the non-washed sweater.
Even though the texture of the sweater changed slightly, I like the results and will probably pop my others in the wash shortly.
I hope this is helpful to anyone who picked up these sweaters, and either want them a little smaller, or don’t want them to shrink at all. Good luck!