Shrinking a Blue Jean Jacket

Will salt help shrink the jacket in boiling water?


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April 15, 20160 found this helpful

No. All the salt will do is prevent dye-bleed during the wash, and 'set' the dye so future washings won't see as heavy a dye-bleed. And to be perfectly straightforward, salt for dye-bleed isn't completely reliable - there are products available on the dye rack in your local supermarket that are far more reliable.

The boil wash should shrink the jacket by about 2" max with or without the salt. Be forewarned, depending on the garment construction design, you might not be happy with the result - detailing during fabric cutting, for example if made using two or more different types of denim may result in garment distortion - stretch denim doesn't shrink in a boil wash more than about a 1/4" so if it's used with 'regular denim' in a design, for example, the regular will shrink a lot but the stretch bits won't - which means your garment will distort and look rubbish after shrinking.

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