Do you have a jacket that’s a bit too big? It’s a common problem, especially when buying clothes online. The good news is that you don’t have to buy a new jacket if you want something that fits a bit better. You can make the jacket smaller with a few simple tricks.
Know Your Limit
Before you start making adjustments, it’s important to know your limits. If the jacket is too big, it may be possible to make it smaller, but it’s not possible to make it much smaller than its original size. If you need a much smaller size, it’s better to buy a new jacket. Also, be aware that some materials are more difficult to shrink than others, so if you’re not sure, it’s best to take it to a professional tailor.
Shrink with Hot Water
One of the easiest and most effective ways to shrink a jacket is to use hot water. Fill a bathtub with hot water and add a small amount of laundry detergent. Put the jacket in the water and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Then, remove it from the tub and ring it out. Put the jacket on a flat surface and shape it back to its original size. Finally, let it air dry completely. This will shrink the jacket a bit and it should fit better.
Shrink with the Dryer
You can also shrink a jacket in the dryer. Put the jacket in the dryer on a low heat setting. Add a couple of damp towels for extra shrinkage. Let the jacket dry for about 15 minutes and then check it. If it’s not as small as you want it to be, you can put it back in the dryer for a few more minutes. Be careful not to over-shrink it, though, or you may end up with a jacket that is too small.
Adjust the Seams
If you still need to make the jacket smaller, you can adjust the seams. Take the jacket to a tailor and have them take in the seams on the sides and in the back. This will reduce the overall size of the jacket and make it fit better. Be aware, though, that this can be a costly option, so you should weigh the cost of the alteration against the cost of a new jacket.
Make Other Adjustments
If the jacket is still too big, you can also adjust the collar, cuffs, and waist. You can have a tailor adjust the collar and cuffs to make them tighter. You can also have the waist taken in a bit. These adjustments may be enough to make the jacket fit better without having to buy a new one.
Making a jacket smaller doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple tricks, you can make your jacket fit better without having to buy a new one. You can use hot water or the dryer to shrink the jacket or have a tailor make some adjustments to the seams, collar, cuffs, and waist. Whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to have a jacket that fits perfectly.