I didn't think anything of it until I was getting ready for work a few mornings later and was pulling them on and noticed they were a little, um, snug. My first thought was that I must be gaining weight and I instantly regretted the Italian food we'd had for dinner over the weekend. Then, I noticed that they were shorter, too, and that's when I'd realized that I'd accidentally dried them. I changed into another pair of pants for work and then came home later and tried to stretch them out doing lunges and butterfly stretches but nothing worked. I tossed them in the closet and pouted. Then, over Memorial Day weekend BR threw a huge 35% off sale so I decided I could just buy another pair. I put them in my cart and applied the promo code but couldn't help steaming over the fact that they would still cost almost $60. The pants are well worth the money but it really irked me that I was going to have to re-buy a pair of pants I already owned. So I did the only logical thing I could think of and turned to Google.
It turns out it is actually possible to un-shrink an item of clothing. I crossed my fingers and gave it a try and then waited impatiently for 12 hours until they were dry so I could try them on. And guess what? It worked -what a relief! Since I didn't have to purchase the khaki again, I'm contemplating getting them in another color. There's a really pretty blue color and they just became available in hot pink.
Here's the how-to (in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation):
1. Fill the sink or a large bowl with room temperature water. Don't use cold water but its also important not to use hot water because heat is what causes clothes to shrink. Somewhere in the middle is perfect.
2. Add a tablespoon of conditioner. This loosens up the fibers in the material.
3. Soak your item, making sure it is fully saturated with the conditioner-water. I let my pants soak for about 10 minutes.
4. Lay the item flat on a towel to remove excess water. It is ok to squeeze a little excess water out but don't wring the item.
5. Stetch, stretch, stretch. Do this slowly. Stretch outwards and downwards at the seams, making sure to do this evenly all over the garment.
6. Rinse. Again, making sure the temperature of the water isn't too hot or too cold. Don't wring!
7. Lay flat to dry. It will most likely take the item overnight to dry. Just be patient during this time.
8. Style the item with a cute outfit because you'll be able to wear it again! Yay!