Tonight the hubby and I ventured a few towns over to the public library for a free demonstration on Imaginary Landscapes. While the “demonstration” was less that and more “Here are some fake trees. Draw them!” Adam D and I did have a lot of fun being out and about and social with other kind human beings. It was also nice to be in a very warm room on this below-freezing evening!
On the other topic, holy frick Lane Bryant! I mean, I KNOW the label says to wash in cold and tumble dry on low; so I will take the blame on this for now (but you better believe I’ll be checking on this again after a few months of washing the new shirts as directed). I am guilty of being a “Yeah, just throw it all into the washer on warm, tumble-dry on high heat. Whatevs.” I will be changing this practice in the future for my favorite shirts though because I’ve noticed a disturbing fact.
My friends, I love the Suprima polo shirts from LB. They are comfy, soft, the sleeves a perfect length and (when on sale) nicely priced. I’ve quite a few now. However, I started to feel lately that these shirts were riding up higher and higher; that I was beginning to act all Next Generation Star Trek on my wardrobe all the time. I wondered if I was gaining girth? But no, my pants are all fitting the same, and not just elastic waistbands but jeans too. Bras fit the same, t-shirts too. Just these formerly awesome shirts were giving me that shrinking feeling; like I had eaten the “Grow” cake from Alice in Wonderland and was somehow stretching taller*…
Curiosity turned to a quick photo-evidencing moment when I just received in the mail my recent holiday order (yay for gift cards!!) with another new polo. I laid them side by side to compare. WTF; just….just LOOK. (In case you can’t tell, the blue one is the new one). Bear in mind that the pink shirt is only (at most) a year older than the blue one:
These are not just a little different. Not a SMIDGEN of shrink. This is INCHES of shrinkage. I know I must bow my head and acknowledge fault for mis-understanding that basic polo shirts would need to be specially washed in cold water and lovingly tumble-dried on low-heat. However, that is a LOT of shrink for a simple, 100% cotton shirt to have, no? Is “Suprima Cotton” made from high-shrink wool??
So I guess my two new shirts (and all the older ones) will be now washed carefully as though they are being slammed down a frozen mountain stream and then whipped dry in the arctic air to prevent their delicate natures from being unbalanced and shrunken from…over-heating.
*Direct quote from Alice in Wonderland about this scene of Alice eating the wee cake: “she was quite surprised to find that she remained the same size: to be sure, this generally happens when one eats cake”. Yes. That IS generally what happens: nothing. Yet to convince some folks of this is, for some reason, more fantasy than Alice’s world ever could be.