Hi. I've got a bit of a problem: About eight years ago, before I knew much of anything about dealing with cloth, I made this awesome cloak out of thin cotton. Because I didn't know anything, I made it WAAAAAY too big for what I wanted at the time. But I made it well. Because the cloak wound up being so big, I didn't wear it at first. Eventually, I realized that it was perfect to wear over some armor that I've been building/rebuilding for almost 20 years. A photographer took these of me last year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jscozzari/2735039930/in/set-72157606556194498/ You can't see them in the pics but it has sleeves that I tucked away, but actually preffer to wear over the arm plates. Here's the problem: This cloak has never been washed. No pre-shrinking. Nothing. That's never been a problem. I wear it maybe twice a year. I just got back from NorWesCon and guess what? It got dirty, and needs to be washed. If it shrinks, it'll be mostly useless to me. But I'm very attatched to the stupid thing and don't want it to become unwearable. How do I wash it without it shrinking? My fiance' suggested washing it in cold water and then allowing it to airdry. Will that actually work? Please help.