Levi's 501 STF Wash Info

April 18, 2007 @ 03:50:43 AM

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hehe I think it reduces indigo loss, but that's prob just wishful thinking smh
April 18, 2007 @ 16:13:50 PM
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I soaked mine inside out, only because that's what I was told to do (and the Nudie wash instruction video on their site also instructs this). I figured that it would help with indigo loss, as well, but then I thought if they are inside out and some color is left in the water, when you drain the tub wouldn't one side of the jeans (front or back) be darker than the other? I just figured with the pants the way they are, the color in the water would settle to the bottom, but I don't know. I hung them up about 30 mins after the water drained from the tub and as the water was dripping out the leg openings, I was wondering if the bottom part of the pants would be a lot darker than the top, but they look pretty consistent throughout.
April 19, 2007 @ 12:37:04 PM
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If i soak them then do i get that light and worn look after 6 months of not washing?
April 19, 2007 @ 20:10:21 PM

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Soaking your jeans before wearing them is better than wearing them raw (prevents your honeycombs and whiskers from shifting, and gives you a better fit).

Waiting a long time until you wash= high contrast fades
Washing more frequently= more overall fading

Btw you don't have to wait 6 months until you wash, it's possible to get great fades even if you wash every month or w/e. Hope this helps! blushing
April 20, 2007 @ 01:39:44 AM
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had my STF since august but started to seriously wear them on janurary. these were my practice jeans before i get other jeans. i just want a similar fit to 511-514, i usually wear 29 x 30 but i bought 30 x 32 and havent soaked yet. what kinda things should i do get my STF to fit like 511 but still retain majority of its indigo?

im thinking 3 hour warm soak, no agitation, then hang over night, then they should still be damp in the morning and just wear them till they dry out. sound like a good plan? also does vinegar really help keep indigo, how much do i need to put.
April 20, 2007 @ 13:32:29 PM
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had my STF since august but started to seriously wear them on janurary. these were my practice jeans before i get other jeans. i just want a similar fit to 511-514, i usually wear 29 x 30 but i bought 30 x 32 and havent soaked yet. what kinda things should i do get my STF to fit like 511 but still retain majority of its indigo?

im thinking 3 hour warm soak, no agitation, then hang over night, then they should still be damp in the morning and just wear them till they dry out. sound like a good plan? also does vinegar really help keep indigo, how much do i need to put.


a 3 hour vinegar soak will make them fit like a glove.
April 20, 2007 @ 18:01:09 PM
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i just got a pair.

so after i soak and it shrinks, wear for a long time, then whats the cleaning process? can I just throw em in the washing machine?
April 20, 2007 @ 18:06:59 PM
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heads up yall the levis outlets have these for 19.99 plus 50% off.

picked up a pair for 10 bucks today

i dont know if it was just my store or national
April 20, 2007 @ 18:17:30 PM
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and i dont know if i missed it in a different thread. but is there anyway to just shrink these lenghtwise? im okay with them being loose on the top but the bottom needs to get shorter.

can i just soak the legs and not the waist?
April 20, 2007 @ 21:45:47 PM
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the waist will probably stretch out to its original size after a few wears
April 22, 2007 @ 18:57:07 PM
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just started my soak an hour ago hope it turns out good, didnt put vinegar cuz i didnt kno how much to put and im scared to put it in cuz it might be too late
April 24, 2007 @ 03:21:06 AM

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I don't think vinegar helps "set" in the indigo or w/e at all ?)
April 25, 2007 @ 19:52:17 PM
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well just started rockin them on tuesday when they finally dried and i think they turned out fine, barely any indigo loss so im happy the way they turned out. might try a ocean recipe since summer is almost here
April 26, 2007 @ 10:29:21 AM
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well just started rockin them on tuesday when they finally dried and i think they turned out fine, barely any indigo loss so im happy the way they turned out. might try a ocean recipe since summer is almost here


i'm thinking of running my stf's in the ocean when june rolls around. but wouldn't this make them smell like absolute crap?
April 27, 2007 @ 10:02:54 AM
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thx for the tips adrian one more question the longer you go without washing the better the whiskers and fades? Even if you want them lighter than normal.
May 16, 2007 @ 21:53:47 PM
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I grabbed a pair of 501 stf's the other day, and I just wanted to check in on a few things. I did a cold soak for about an hour last night. Wore them soaked playing basketball for about and hour and then hung them up to dry all night. This morning I put them on (nice and stiff) and wore them all day. After today this is what they look like:



So there still a bit looser than I want in the leg (as well as being a tad longer than I wanted, I had to stack today). Should I soak more (just the legs? ). Anywho, I'm just looking to get some nice (by 501 standards) high contrast honeycombs and a nice fit. When and how should I wash? More often I wear them, the more they'll crease in the right places, correct? Thanks (Sorry for the shitty pics)
May 17, 2007 @ 19:02:53 PM
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i think the next time you wash you should do a warm to hot soak for about the same time.. should be tighter
July 10, 2007 @ 18:14:27 PM
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two days of wear
July 10, 2007 @ 20:19:10 PM
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i'm thinking of running my stf's in the ocean when june rolls around. but wouldn't this make them smell like absolute crap?

i believe the ocean wash works like this: wear in the ocean, dry in the sand. rinse in fresh water...i read that off sufu..
July 10, 2007 @ 20:27:17 PM
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yeah I remember reading that on the APC tags.
July 12, 2007 @ 00:40:27 AM
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July 12, 2007 @ 07:08:15 AM
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lol for real. u cant see much in that pic
July 13, 2007 @ 00:02:15 AM

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Levis 501 Prewash (not stf, but w/e)

2 1/2 Months, stopped wearing these after I got my Samurai's &)

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July 13, 2007 @ 18:34:58 PM
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Sorry. phone camera
July 13, 2007 @ 18:54:33 PM
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Levis 501 Prewash (not stf, but w/e)

2 1/2 Months, stopped wearing these after I got my Samurai's &)

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those are pretty nice for pre-shrunk 501s
July 13, 2007 @ 18:55:10 PM
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^hows the samurai's commin out?
July 14, 2007 @ 05:59:50 AM
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those are pretty nice for pre-shrunk 501s


i think they're pretty disgusting.

might just be the camera that's making the colors really ugly, though.
July 14, 2007 @ 18:09:15 PM
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sorry,
July 15, 2007 @ 22:42:00 PM

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^hows the samurai's commin out?


Coming along pretty good, but I haven't worn them for that long. Only about a month |0
October 17, 2012 @ 22:47:31 PM
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Hello,
I just purchased a pair of rigid selvedge Levi’s 501 STF, and honestly I currently have no intention of washing them. I bought them in a size that will fit me right and I want them dark and to stay the same size. If my jeans happen to get to the point where they are starting to get funky I intend on getting them dry cleaned and avoid any possible shrinkage or color loss. Is this a logical plan, or do you have any advice to give on this?
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