Have you ever bought a piece of fabric that wasn't exactly the best fabric you have ever felt but the color was a perfect match, think Walmart type fabrics, only to find after you washed all the processing chemicals out of it that it turned out to be pretty nice fabric? I just ran into this with 3+ yards of cotton from the thrift store. It is a burgundy mini print and it was only 1.00 a yard but it was so thin I almost left it there.
I wash all thrift store fabrics and when I pulled it out of the washer it was no longer 'see through' thin but kind of crisp. I'll check for shrinkage when I get it out of the dryer, but it didn't look much smaller. It was 3.25 yards when it went in the washer.