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Old 12-09-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Greenwell Springs
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When I buy a new pair of pants, I always wash them in cold water and do not dry them in an attempt to get them not to shrink. The last several pairs of pants I have purchased, however, still did. All of them. Jeans, khakis, cords. What is the deal?

I am 5'3", so I need a really specific length. If I buy regular length they are too long even with shrinkage. If I buy short length they cannot shrink at all or else they will be too short. I've only got a couple of pairs of pants that really fit and the rest are all too big or too short (due to shrinkage. They fit perfectly in the store.)

Is there anything else I should do to prevent this or does anyone know of a good place to buy women's pants based on waist/length rather than set sizes? (Don't even get me started on that. That's a whole other thread topic...)
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have not had that problem...
What brand has been shrinking on you?

Guess you can get the regulars, shrink them and hem to fit.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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When I buy a new pair of pants, I always wash them in cold water and do not dry them in an attempt to get them not to shrink. The last several pairs of pants I have purchased, however, still did. All of them. Jeans, khakis, cords. What is the deal?

I am 5'3", so I need a really specific length. If I buy regular length they are too long even with shrinkage. If I buy short length they cannot shrink at all or else they will be too short. I've only got a couple of pairs of pants that really fit and the rest are all too big or too short (due to shrinkage. They fit perfectly in the store.)

Is there anything else I should do to prevent this or does anyone know of a good place to buy women's pants based on waist/length rather than set sizes? (Don't even get me started on that. That's a whole other thread topic...)
I have the same problem. I don't understand why they can pre-shrink material before making the clothes. Women's sizing is also annoying to me. They should be sized the way men's pants are sized.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Greenwell Springs
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Jeans and cords from Old Navy, black slacks from the petites section of a department store, but I can't recall which one. I bought a size up in khakis from Old Navy and they did not seem to shrink at all. Of course. Now I have several pairs of too-short pants and one slightly baggy pair that I need a belt with. So frustrating.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: In a house
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I'm 5'3" as well, but I don't ever have the problem that the OP has. I always buy the "petite" or "short" length pants and even then they're usually an inch longer than is preferred. And when they shrink, they rarely shrink UP - usually they shrink in the thighs, hips, and waist. Width, in other words, not length. They invariable stretch right back out again to their proper size within an hour of wearing them from the dryer.

I tumble-dry on warm heat, I wash in cold/warm. I've worn a variety of brands, and I can't remember the length of them shrinking since maybe 7th grade, when mom insisted on buying bell-bottoms that were already half an inch too short, not pre-washed, and stiff as a board. That was in the early 1970's.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: US
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Jeans and cords from Old Navy, black slacks from the petites section of a department store, but I can't recall which one. I bought a size up in khakis from Old Navy and they did not seem to shrink at all. Of course. Now I have several pairs of too-short pants and one slightly baggy pair that I need a belt with. So frustrating.
When I was younger and about that height I stopped buying petites. Regulars are made for people about 5'5'' so if you have longer legs they can work. Try buying fabrics with blend or marked pre-shrunk. You may also try shopping across different departments. (womens,misses,junior)
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Is it the waistband that keeps getting shorter?
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I am 5'4"

The short length is usually just barely long enough and regular is too long by several inches.

I bring the pants home, wash them on cold, air dry, and then take them to be hemmed by a tailor.

This way I know definitively that the length is going to be correct after they've been washed and dried.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:37 PM
 
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Some pants will shrink regardless of what water temperature you put them in. Usually the shrinkage has nothing to do with water but the dryer. How to combat this is after you take them out of the washer, air dry them. My clothes never shrink from doing that.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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When I buy a new pair of pants, I always wash them in cold water and do not dry them in an attempt to get them not to shrink.
I think that the OP does not use a dryer...
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