Hi guys, first post here.
So I'm going to go on a trip around the world I've decided to try and make my first jacket. Not a suit jacket, but a field jacket, which I do not want to baby as I probably won't have access - or time - for dry cleaners. I want to be able to throw this in the wash and dryer without the measurements changing.
My 1st question is this:
How should approach the shrinkage of the fabric? Should I wash the fabric before or after sewing it? I've read online that it takes around 3-4 washes ( I will also use the dryer each time just to be sure.) to get rid of all shrinkage if I'm using cotton, but I will wash until I record no more shrinkage.
This leads me to my second question. Assuming I get all the shrinkage out of the fabric, will the garment still shrink if I wash it after it is sewn?