Re: First gi :)
I, also being from Manchester, seemed to have a bit of a trauma with my gi due outing.....
I initially bought a heavy weight karate gi which was, and still is like cardboard. It shrank in the wash, which was expected, but became a little short for my taste (this caused the bottom of the jacket to fold up in a comedy fashion after sitting seiza), so I decided to buy another gi top.
This time I bought a light weight karate gi this is the right length, but I have to roll up the sleeves and has a habit of falling open if not constantly adjusted.
I am thinking of investing it a more expensive quality gi, but knowing me I'll shrink it so that it would be perfect size for mini me!
Does anyone remember the ratio to buy to allow the shrinkage?