Denim Care Thread (for denim FAQ)

February 08, 2011 @ 21:58:59 PM
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My weird guy deep indigos got rained on fairly hard yesterday. Not soaked or anything but I think it was a significant amount because today I noticed some hints of electric blue showed up.

I feel like it's not a big deal and I should go with the "whatever happens happens" philosophy here. If they get rained on then so be it? Not like I'm washing.
February 09, 2011 @ 14:19:22 PM
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Thanks for the help. I'll do some more research before I buy my Levi 501's but you gave me some good insight. I've got some 5 lb. dummbells at home too. Now does it matter where I place the dumbbells whether on the pant leggings or what not? All that matters is that the jeans stay submerged for that alotted amount of time, correct? Other than that, I can't think of any other questions or anything else I could possibly mess up (other than the size that I buy)! Thanks haha!


No, the dumbbell placement doesn't really matter, as long as every part of the jeans stays submerged.

My weird guy deep indigos got rained on fairly hard yesterday. Not soaked or anything but I think it was a significant amount because today I noticed some hints of electric blue showed up.

I feel like it's not a big deal and I should go with the "whatever happens happens" philosophy here. If they get rained on then so be it? Not like I'm washing.


Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. If your jeans are wet, the indigo rubs off a little bit easier, that's probably where the electric blue is coming from.

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February 13, 2011 @ 19:37:31 PM
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My raw denim has stretched way too much. I haven't washed or soaked them as of yet, what do you guys suggest I do to make them more slim?
February 14, 2011 @ 01:34:32 AM
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OK two questions:

-My Levi 505's kind of smell funny. They don't smell bad, they just have a smell to them, you can't really smell them unless you really put your nose right next to em. Should I wash them? I've worn them a lot but have only had them for like two months. Do I have to wash them or is there a way to get rid of the smell sometimes?


If the smell doesn't bother you, you might not have to do anything about it yet. If it does, probably the best thing to do would be to wash the jeans. If you don't want to wash, I've heard that putting them in the freezer overnight or hanging them up in the sun for a few hours might work temporarily, but I haven't tried either of these myself.

-My Levi 505's are a great fit except they will scrape the ground if I wear my Vans authentics. Is there a way I can prevent this other than cuffing them? Is there a way to slightly shrink the legging by like one size or so? The same can be said for my Levi 514's which are a good fit but like 1 or 2 sizes too long when I wear my Vans authentics... I'm thinking of just buying a tighter pair of jeans that I can stack like 501's, but if I can fix my 505's and 514's to make them shorter, maybe I'll just use the money to buy khaki's instead. Thanks.


You can either get the jeans tapered to make the leg opening smaller, which would allow the jeans to stack better, or you can get them hemmed to shorten the leg. Between the two, I would recommend the hemming, because the tapering can sometimes affect the overall fit of the jean unexpectedly.

My raw denim has stretched way too much. I haven't washed or soaked them as of yet, what do you guys suggest I do to make them more slim?


Assuming that your denim is sanforized (non-shrink-to-fit), hot soaking or washing would probably bring the jeans back to the pre-stretch size, but unfortunately, they'll stretch back out pretty quickly. The only permanent way to make them fit tighter would be to get them altered by a tailor, but it will be pricey (over $40, at least), and the overall fit of the jeans might be affected as well.

If your denim is unsanforized (shrink-to-fit), hot soaking or washing may work better long-term, because it will cause more shrinkage than with sanforized denim.

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February 14, 2011 @ 10:50:24 AM
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That's what makes me question my size length though. Maybe I'm really a 34x29 or something? Someone told me a 28 is kind of short so I don't know... When I cuff my shoes though it doesn't really matter with the Vans. Is it cause the Vans are so low that I think my pants are too long? Lol... I don't know how to judge my true size.


How long is the inseam on the jeans now? And how tall are you?

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February 15, 2011 @ 02:26:37 AM
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I wear 34x30 jeans right now (Levi 505's, 514's). I'm about 5'7".
I have the wear the jeans with a belt, but I don't have to tighten it that much, just to the first hole. Am I really a 33x29 you think?

Just confused about my sizing. Thanks.


If the 30" inseam is too long for you, you must be a 29 or 28 then. At 5'7", it's certainly possible, especially if your legs are a little bit short for your height. I'd measure those 34x30 Levis just to make sure that the inseam measurement is right.

Let me know if you are ever in the market for a pair of Samurais, I have a near-new pair that would fit you great at a reasonable price.

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February 15, 2011 @ 14:34:50 PM
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I'd be interested, but how much would you be looking for? And what size is it at? Have no idea what those Samurai's are, but I figure they're high quality jeans and for a good price, I'm always down to get a deal. blushing


I sent you a PM, we can continue this discussion there.
February 15, 2011 @ 15:36:54 PM
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never put your jeans in the dryer always line dry

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February 16, 2011 @ 12:52:52 PM
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I bought some GAP jeans a little over a month ago and wore them less than 10 times. They're too long and too large on the waist (34x30 but not like the levi's 34x30). Can i experiment with hot soaking it or is it too late?


It's worth a try. Wash them very hot and then tumble dry them hot to get maximum shrinkage. However they will probably stretch back after a few wears.
February 16, 2011 @ 16:02:31 PM
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I bought some GAP jeans a little over a month ago and wore them less than 10 times. They're too long and too large on the waist (34x30 but not like the levi's 34x30). Can i experiment with hot soaking it or is it too late?


Gap selvage denim is sanforized, so hot soaking probably won't shrink them much, if at all. Even if they do shrink, they'll stretch back out really easily and really fast, If you keep them, you'll probably always have to wear them loose in the waist.

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February 17, 2011 @ 22:47:48 PM
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My weird guy deep indigos got rained on fairly hard yesterday. Not soaked or anything but I think it was a significant amount because today I noticed some hints of electric blue showed up.

I feel like it's not a big deal and I should go with the "whatever happens happens" philosophy here. If they get rained on then so be it? Not like I'm washing.


same shit happened to me today. had to walk home while it was raining sideways. im going with the "i dont really give a fuck. oh well" philosophy.
February 18, 2011 @ 00:04:14 AM
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When I got my Levi 514's, was I supposed to soak them? I bought them from Macy's but noticed they even stain my white iPod headphones lol. I don't know if soaking them gets rid of any extra dye or whatever, I'm a noob when itcomes to this kind of stuff so I was just asking. Thanks.


Raw denim bleeds, that's just the nature of the fabric. If you had soaked them, that would have gotten rid of some of the excess indigo, but it usually takes at least a wash or two to stop the bleeding.
February 19, 2011 @ 22:45:15 PM
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What's the purpose or advantage for sea washing you denim i saw it on this apc instruction and im just wondering if i should do it with my petit standards and also do you wear it while your soaking or do you just leave in water? how much will it shrink?
February 19, 2011 @ 23:57:00 PM
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What's the purpose or advantage for sea washing you denim i saw it on this apc instruction and im just wondering if i should do it with my petit standards and also do you wear it while your soaking or do you just leave in water? how much will it shrink?


Supposedly the salt in the sea water helps the non-excess indigo stay in the denim a little bit better. With APCs, you probably don't need to do it until they get dirty.

Also with APCs, you don't need to wear the jeans while sea washing, you can just leave them in the water. Since they are made of sanforized denim, they won't really shrink (generally, a fraction of an inch in the waist and inseam at most).

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February 22, 2011 @ 15:54:09 PM
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I posted this in the APC thread, but figured I'd post it here too. Hope you guys don't mind...

"How did everyone do with their first A.P.C jeans? I'm deciding whether or not I should buy APC's now (making them my first high quality denim's) or should I practice on some Levi 501 STF's and buy these later on? I really like the APC jeans, but I'm worried that I'll mess up somehow - whether buying the wrong size, not soaking it correctly, or whatever.

I only have one pair of denim's right now, and it's the Levi 514's. So can someone please advise?"


just jump the gun on the APC. Or go for Naked and Famous or 3Sixteen.
If youre worried about screwing up sizes just ask people or go Nudies as it is pretty easy to size on those
February 23, 2011 @ 09:23:29 AM
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I posted this in the APC thread, but figured I'd post it here too. Hope you guys don't mind...

"How did everyone do with their first A.P.C jeans? I'm deciding whether or not I should buy APC's now (making them my first high quality denim's) or should I practice on some Levi 501 STF's and buy these later on? I really like the APC jeans, but I'm worried that I'll mess up somehow - whether buying the wrong size, not soaking it correctly, or whatever.

I only have one pair of denim's right now, and it's the Levi 514's. So can someone please advise?"


I would just go for it if you want them. With APCs, soaking is optional, because the denim is sanforized, and people generally size down 2 from their true waist measurement for the best fit.
February 23, 2011 @ 09:31:35 AM
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same shit happened to me today. had to walk home while it was raining sideways. im going with the "i dont really give a fuck. oh well" philosophy.

Yeah it's been over a week since mine got wet and they look totally normal. Mine are a month old now and look exactly how they're supposed to. Combs and creases setting in with very minor fading starting.

I posted this in the APC thread, but figured I'd post it here too. Hope you guys don't mind...

"How did everyone do with their first A.P.C jeans? I'm deciding whether or not I should buy APC's now (making them my first high quality denim's) or should I practice on some Levi 501 STF's and buy these later on? I really like the APC jeans, but I'm worried that I'll mess up somehow - whether buying the wrong size, not soaking it correctly, or whatever.

I only have one pair of denim's right now, and it's the Levi 514's. So can someone please advise?"

Like these guys said, it should be fine to go ahead and get APC's.

Just make sure you do A LOT of research so you know your size and the proper care. My first pair was a $150 N&F, but I did a month of research before I bought them. Now I am totally happy with them.
February 23, 2011 @ 10:26:25 AM
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i've been wearing my nudie slim jims for about 7 months...fades/combs/whiskers are all looking great. there is a larger hole forming on my back (wallet) pocket and 2 smaller holes forming around the crouch (been there ~3/4 months and haven't grown significantly). i've been debating to wash or to hold out till the spring/or summer. The smell doesn't bother me much at all. I like the color and everything about my fit/fades thus far (except the knee little knee buldges).

so what do you guys say...wash or continue holding out?
February 24, 2011 @ 03:08:44 AM
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Fuck it lifestyle, washed them anyway...
Delicate light wash, 45 degrees, 1/3 cup of regular detergent..

Everyone that's hesitant about how you wash...learn to not care and do it however, results for me came out great
#swag
February 24, 2011 @ 14:03:21 PM
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i wanna get my saddlemans tapered to about a 7.5

can i just go to any decent tailor around my area? or should i be going to a place that specializes in denim, like Self Edge or something.
February 24, 2011 @ 16:20:49 PM
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i wanna get my saddlemans tapered to about a 7.5

can i just go to any decent tailor around my area? or should i be going to a place that specializes in denim, like Self Edge or something.


I think it's always better to take it to a place that specializes in denim, especially if your jeans are selvage and you want to keep the selvage line. If not, you can probably take it anywhere.
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