Another question that will probably get people 'on one side of the fence or the other'
Do you prefer your finished item to be 'flat'?
Do you like your finished item to 'crinkle'?
I will answer first -
I positively, absolutely, final answer - prefer 'the flat look' -
If you want to add 'why' you prefer one look or the other - - -
I prefer 'flat' because that implies that everything has been shrunk before cutting - and the finished item will still be the approximately the same shape and size that it was before it's washed again.