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So I just checked Green Mountain's website, and I'm slightly confused now. On there, they list a Small as 36", whereas the sizing chart on the main page says 40" - of course, the main page also says to expect a 6% shrinkage, but 6% off 40" is only 37.6". So, is the table on the main page adjusted, taking into account the shrinking, or do you need to take 6% off the main page table values?
Hi @skarrambo! Sorry about the confusion, we used the sizing chart for the Johnson Woolen Mills brand as a whole and not just the Green Mountain Flannel line. As you can see on the Green Mountain website every size after S has a range that's literally 2 sizes into one (M is 38-40, L is 42-44). When we measured the actual sample, we opted to go with the Johnson Woolen Mills size chart because we noticed they definitely run large, even when taking into consideration the shrinkage and their size chart.
The 6% shrinkage happens mostly length-wise, not width-wise (the shoulders will come up a bit as the shirt shortens that 6%, but it's mainly the length that gets adjusted).
Ultimately it comes down to whether you want to wear it more fitted like a regular button-down shirt, or a bit oversize as a shirt-jacket or outerwear piece.