How To Shrink Jeans
There are many types of jeans that are designed to shrink to fit an individual wearer. In this video, a few handy tricks and techniques are presented and also what not to do when shrinking your jeans.
I'm Rudy Wuther working with Son of a Stag. Son of a Stag works for different denim jeans brands around the world as consultants and has a store in London. We're going to show you how to look after your jeans and get the best from them.
I'm going to show you how to shrink jeans. First of all, it's very very important to note that there are different types of fabrics in jeans. We have here a pair of Levi's Shrink to Fit and they do shrink.
The old idea used to be that you would actually put these jeans on you, buy them oversized knowing they're going to shrink. You put them on and get into a bath or hot water with the jeans on, and they'll shrink to your size. As you felt that they were getting close to where you needed to be, you'd actually let the water go, you'd pop out.
You would let them dry off, naturally. A lot of people would actually put them back on while they were still partly moist or wet, if you want to call them that. They would let eighty percent of the water come off, and they would wear them to actually form their body shape.
Then you have other fabrics like this one from Lee, where you actually have oppressive fluoridisation which restricts the shrink. So, you need to know what a fabric is. A good denim store would normally help you.
Or a phone call to any decent denim store. They'll be able to guide you. So when you have a pair of jeans that have already been pre-washed or pre-weathered is another term, so if they're already washed down and some, chances are you will not be able to shrink those jeans.
If you have a raw pair of jeans that hasn't had water treatment, there's a good chance you'll be able to shrink them. Now, the very important thing is please don't buy a pair of jeans thinking that you can shrink them down two sizes. Because what happens is the pressure from your body pushes the jeans back out.
The length you can definitely shrink. A pair of Levi's Shrink to Fit, yes, you can shrink in. So, you really need to know what you're doing.
So, let's take this pair of jeans, Levi's Shrink to fit. Normally, you'll pop them on. You'd normally buy them a size too big for yourself to give you a guide of two inches on the waistband and two inches on the leg length that we'll shrink by.
But remember, this is a guide only. And it also depends on how long you stay in the water and how hot the water is. So, it depends.
If you're not going to be in the bath yourself and you're going to actually get the jeans into a bucket of hot water, it depends on the temperature of the water and how long you leave it at that temperature. So, a little bit complicated. But the easiest way to do it is to make sure that if you think you need to take it to fifty or sixty degrees temperature of the water and you're going to leave it there for half an hour, why not try maybe ten minutes at forty degrees and then you try the jean on.
Then if you need to go in again, yes, you can go in again and they'll shrink a bit more. Some fly jeans, on the other hand, are restricted in their shrinking so we're suggesting there's a tolerance of roughly one inch on the leg length and a little bit less on the width because obviously your body is fighting back out. A pair of jeans that have already been weathered, I think you can almost forget on shrinking unless there's a reason why.
It's very very unusual to find a pair of jeans that will shrink again if they've been weathered down. When you go to a specialist retailer, all of our staff are trained to actually tell you which jeans shrink and what length they shrink by. We've actually done a shrink test on the same jeans, six jeans of the same, exactly measured, precisely to be perfect in length.
We've actually washed them, dried them, washed them, dried them, washed them, dried them, three times over, measured them again. The one that shrunk the least was three millimetres. The one that shrunk the most was about thirty-five millimetres.