Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stretch the seams after the wash


Before I washed my first pair of raw denims, I was chatting to Alexander from Dr.Denim and his first bit of advice to me was to stretch the seams after the wash. The reason he said was that the thread used for the seams, are different than that used in the actual denim, so it sort of pulls together after the wash. The shrinking also doesn't help with the seams. What you got to do after the wash is to grab the crotch and the hem, and pull, as you can see in the picture above. Give it a good stretch, and it should help with getting the seams back to "normal".

15 comments:

  1. I prefer stretchable jeans because these are more comfortable to wear, and won't harm your skin.

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  2. I dont like stretchable jeans i like loose jeans hip hop style looks awesome.
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  3. I like both styles cause I think there's a place for both styles.

    HipHop style and snow doesn't work so well for me. They are too loose and get too wet, which means too heavy. In Autumn or Spring they're great. Tight jeans as in the Dr.Denim Unisex Snaps are fantastic in winter.

    Tight jeans are not great at home when you're trying to relax. Too tight, uncomfortable. Also they look out of place at a HipHop concert ;)

    Thanks for the comments.

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  6. Hiya,

    ohh nooo..why did you washed your raw denim?

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    1. The washing is all part of the process of testing. Need to know what happens. My next test will be washing them first, then wearing them for 6 months.

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  7. I've only tested it for 180 days. Don't really have the patience to wear them every day for longer than 6 months. How many days have you been wearing your raw denim?

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  8. Hi! When stretching the seams after wash, do u mean immediately after washing or after u dry the jeans?
    I'm preparing to wash my raw denim for the very first time after a year. Totally interested to follow your examples!

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    1. Hi Terry. I mean directly after washing, while they're still wet. I usually stop the spin cycle and let them drip dry, to retain a lot of the colour. Just slowly stretch all four seams until you can't anymore. There's no risk of over stretching, but a good stretch helps fix the seam crinkles which form after a wash. You'll see.

      Let me know how it goes, and send me photos so I can publish them.

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    2. Awesome! Thanks for your reply. I'll update u once i see to it.

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    3. Hi Darryl. Sorry i didn't get back to you after the wash. I read some link via your blog and followed some of the instructions for washing raw denim. Basically i just let it soak long in the solution and there was no scrubbing. With your advice, i let them drip dry and stretch the seams. The end product is that the colour almost didn't run at all, there was minimal difference. That's why i didn't send you any photos. I'm about to go for my second wash. I'll try to document them and I'll update you if there's any positive results.

      Cheers!

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    4. Yes, when you wash, you always have the choice to keep the blue in the denim or wash it out. Especially with that first wash. Looking forward to seeing what has happened with your jeans.

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  10. Thanks for this tip. After one wash changes are taking place in the jeans so it is really necessary to take care of it.

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