Mum and Jan used to complain about t-shirts which went “boaty” after a while, by that I mean the hole where your head goes through, would sag and look horrible. We assumed that the quality of the shirt had something to do with it, or that perhaps t-shirts needed to be folded, rather than hung in the wardrobe.
I’ve recently worked out why t-shirts do this, Now I’m sure that some of you clever people have also worked it out, but for those who haven’t, I’m about to reveal the mystery so that you can avoid the problem in future.
We’ve always used the washing line in our family, we live in a place where it’s reasonably dry, Melbourne, why use a dryer when there’s so much free, dry air?
The problem is with the way t-shirts are hung on the line.
They are usually pegged on by the seams in the shoulder area, by two pegs, Now because the shirt is wet, even if it’s been well spun out, the entire section between the pegs (draw a line vertically from the collar to the bottom of the shirt) is unsupported, so it sags, and stretches the material.
After a while, the material is permanently stretched and takes on this boaty, saggy appearance.
The way to avoid it, is to fold at least an inch (or half if you like) of the top of the shirt over the line, then use three pegs.
Place a peg about an inch from the edge of each side of the shirt, and place the third right in the middle.
Your t-shirts should last much longer now.
This also works with towels, which suffer the same fate.