If fabric like linen and wool risk shrinkage, why not just shrink them ahead before making the clothes?


Mourning the loss of my linen pants

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I believe expensive cloth manufacturers do. But that costs money and time and drives up price.

Costs extra energy to produce the heat to do that and they don’t care. From their point of view: What are you gonna do, not buy clothes?

Realistically it should be cheaper for them to do that at 1 central place with a large efficient machine vs every individual person having to create that heat energy in their home with smaller inefficient machines (similar to how powerplants are more efficient at creating energy vs individual ICE cars). So it’d technically be better if they did, at least if they cared about environmental damage.

Some expensive fabrics are [sanforised](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanforization) – but it costs a lot, and most clothing manufacturers don’t bother. I remember back in the 70s folk telling stories of soaking in the bath in new jeans so that they shrank to fit.

Fashion companies cheaping out. Historically they would have been, and any home sewist will list this as one of the reasons it’s important to pre-wash fabrics, but big brands have realised they can make their fabric go further (and therefore save money) by not pre-shrinking and putting the onus on consumers to go to extra steps to care for clothes in a way that avoids shrinkage.