Denim Care Thread (for denim FAQ)

Sep 16, 2011 @ 15:08
I got my first pair of raws and while the waist fits perfectly the legs are a little loose (they're supposed to be skinny) smh
I've read I'm supposed to soak them inside out in hot water and leave the waist exposed but could someone give me more detail? They were pretty expensive and I dont wanna mess it up!

btw they are Nudie High Kai Rinsed and besides from trying them on I have't worn them out yet.
Sep 16, 2011 @ 21:03
Originally posted by Inactive User
I got my first pair of raws and while the waist fits perfectly the legs are a little loose (they're supposed to be skinny) smh
I've read I'm supposed to soak them inside out in hot water and leave the waist exposed but could someone give me more detail? They were pretty expensive and I dont wanna mess it up!

btw they are Nudie High Kai Rinsed and besides from trying them on I have't worn them out yet.


You pretty much got the idea! All you want to do is shrink the leg part a little bit, so fill up a tub or a bucket with very hot water, and drape the waist band over the edge so its still exposed and not submerged. Soak them in there for at least an hour, and then hang dry afterwards. This will help with a little bit of shrinking in the length and a little bit in the width. But also know that this will help for the initial wear, and maybe a few times after that, but once you start breaking them in and start putting a lot of wear into these, they'll stretch back out to something like they are now, so definitely make sure you want to keep these jeans before you do the soak. Hope that helps!
Sep 18, 2011 @ 21:15
anyone know a good tailor in the Sacramento area who can taper a pair of APC New Standards?
Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:58
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Oct 24, 2011 @ 05:04
Thinking of altering my pair of Imperial dukes which have a month of wear with some fading.. If i altered my pair from 31 measurements to 29 measurements, would the combs and whiskers look weird in the end?
Oct 28, 2011 @ 10:00
<p>Thinking of altering my pair of Imperial dukes which have a month of wear with some fading.. If i altered my pair from 31 measurements to 29 measurements, would the combs and whiskers look weird in the end?</p>


Are you hemming 2" off of the inseam? Or are you altering everything on the jeans?
Nov 03, 2011 @ 19:48
Altering everything... I can probably fit a 30 now (used to be a 32)
Nov 07, 2011 @ 07:15
Altering everything... I can probably fit a 30 now (used to be a 32)


Depending on how much they have faded already, it might not be an issue. If they have faded a lot already, the fades might look out of place after the alterations.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 03:06
i have a pair of 32x30 501xx stf and right now the length is fine. i'm around 5'7 and i haven't shrunk it yet.. when i soak them do you guys think it'll get too short? my first pair of denim btw.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 06:24
yea they will probably be too short. I normally wear 30 length and in my STF's I bought a 32 and they shrunk about 2 inches. They're still fine where they stack a tad bit.

I heard if you hang dry them upside down it will help keep the length..not too sure if that's true or not. STF's are cheap pants so just soak em in COLD water to keep the shrinking to a min. If they shrink too much just buy another pair
Nov 24, 2011 @ 08:20
yea they will probably be too short. I normally wear 30 length and in my STF's I bought a 32 and they shrunk about 2 inches. They're still fine where they stack a tad bit.

I heard if you hang dry them upside down it will help keep the length..not too sure if that's true or not. STF's are cheap pants so just soak em in COLD water to keep the shrinking to a min. If they shrink too much just buy another pair


alright thanks! i'll give em a try.
Jan 15, 2012 @ 09:44
I got a pair of NS and I'm trying to stretch them out alil before I wear'em. They are alil tight in the front rise area and waist. Everything else (length, leg opening, inseam) is great tho so I don't want to size up. So any suggestions?
Jan 18, 2012 @ 22:37
I got a pair of NS and I'm trying to stretch them out alil before I wear'em. They are alil tight in the front rise area and waist. Everything else (length, leg opening, inseam) is great tho so I don't want to size up. So any suggestions?


I would just start wearing them, they'll stretch out with wear.
Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:10
a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??

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Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:31
a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??


Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.

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Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:56
i'm not sure if this was already asked, and i know it's a rookie question
but what's the difference between hot and cold soaking raw denim?
Jan 24, 2012 @ 04:13
Cold soaking results in minimal shrinking, hot soaking results in more/maximum soaking depending how long you soak them for.
Jan 24, 2012 @ 04:14
Cold soaking results in minimal shrinking, hot soaking results in more/maximum soaking depending how long you soak them for.

does the temperature affect the color and fading at all?
Jan 24, 2012 @ 05:09
Temperature affects the amount of shrinkage and generally not so much on color/fading. Only scrubbing your jeans with soap or putting it in your washer will cause agitation, affecting the color and indigo loss.
Jan 24, 2012 @ 17:22
alright thanks a lot!
Jan 24, 2012 @ 20:03
I want to get rid of my knee bugles, any tips?
Jan 25, 2012 @ 00:26
Can't get rid of them.
Jan 25, 2012 @ 02:40
a little help here..

i washed my APC Rescues twice so far and they haven't shrunk!? wtf??


Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.


true. but even sanforized denim shrink at least a little bit. oh well, thanks

http://thoroprod.org

Jan 25, 2012 @ 06:03
Has anyone cleaned there denim with Laundress denim wash ? Curious if i should spend the 19.00 for 3 oz , or just stick to woolite
Jan 25, 2012 @ 06:16
Nope... I don't even put woolite. Just straight laundry detergent. I mean why would you want to put woolite in the first place though.. the whole point in washing is to not retain the indigo, it is to agitate the denim so you can develop some fades.
Jan 26, 2012 @ 01:17
I want to get rid of my knee bugles, any tips?

Wash to make denim softer, softer denim = less bulge
Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:31
Nope... I don't even put woolite. Just straight laundry detergent. I mean why would you want to put woolite in the first place though.. the whole point in washing is to not retain the indigo, it is to agitate the denim so you can develop some fades.


Woolite dark is laundry detergent !

Thanks for the info anyway .
Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:43
No I meant something like woolite dark.
Jan 27, 2012 @ 00:22
what is an alternative way to get rid of the smell besides: washing, freezing, and febreeze?

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Jan 27, 2012 @ 20:25
Sanforized denim, they're not supposed to shrink and if they do, very minimal shrinking.


true. but even sanforized denim shrink at least a little bit. oh well, thanks


IME, sanforized denim doesn't shrink noticeably unless you put it in the dryer after a wash. Even then, it stretches back out fast. For all intents and purposes, I would not count on shrinkage in sanforized denim, except for a little bit in length.

what is an alternative way to get rid of the smell besides: washing, freezing, and febreeze?


Some people have said that hanging up your jeans in sunlight can help. Never tried it myself yet, though.
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