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how to shrink jeans

post #1 of 37
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okay i know that someone on here has to shrink all her jeans (idalis--i think) anyway, could someone please tell me how to do it... also, can you shrink the inseam a couple of inches or is that just something that has to be hemmed....thanks!
post #2 of 37
You need to fill your sink or bathtub with the hottest water it will get (too hot to touch comfortably). Soak the jeans for 5 minutes. Take them out and wring lightly/drip out just so they aren't dripping all over. Throw in the dryer on high until bone dry. And yes, the inseam WILL shrink too
post #3 of 37
You can run a search for 'shrinking' and come up with that thread,which is in detail, or you can just wash them in hot hot water & hot dryer. The inseam will shrink, but probably not more than an inch at most.
post #4 of 37
Idalis is the queen of shrink. Hmm, that would not be such a bad title for her :P
post #5 of 37
That's right, I've already got the Dr., now I need another title I'm so used to shrinking that I'm tempted to see how small I can get my new size 23 pink stitched bootcuts!
post #6 of 37
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Originally Posted by idalis
That's right, I've already got the Dr., now I need another title I'm so used to shrinking that I'm tempted to see how small I can get my new size 23 pink stitched bootcuts!
You're scarin' me girl!
Must be the rain... :P
post #7 of 37
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Originally Posted by idalis
You need to fill your sink or bathtub with the hottest water it will get (too hot to touch comfortably). Soak the jeans for 5 minutes. Take them out and wring lightly/drip out just so they aren't dripping all over. Throw in the dryer on high until bone dry. And yes, the inseam WILL shrink too

Wouldn't it stretch back if you wear a couple times?
post #8 of 37
The stretch ones will come back out a bit, but will go back down after a normal washing, just like a pair that has never been shrunk will. The rigid ones will not stretch out usually (or will, but ever so slightly).
post #9 of 37
I am going to give Idalis's shrinking method a try tonite. I bought a new pair of seven jeans that had been a return at a store in a size 26, but they are too big..got the saggy butt going on. I hate that. I guess because they are stretch jeans I should have sized down. I hope they have not been washed yet. Will it still work if they have been washed and dried before?
post #10 of 37
Yes, but probably a little less
post #11 of 37
i need to do that to my sevens and r&rs .... but wudnt that fade the color at all?
post #12 of 37
It depends on the wash. On the darker washes, yes, you will notice some minimal dye release into your water. You only need to be careful if you are doing this with a pair that has a dark wash and light pocket stitching. Hold the pockets suspended so they are not directly in the water (obviously they will still get wet from wicking up the moisture, but will not be sitting in any released dye). There is no appreciable fading to the jeans though.
post #13 of 37
I am not really sure if this is an old wives tale or not, but I use this method & it seems to work:
To keep dye from running add salt to the wash water, or as this case may be, the hot shrink water. It seems to help keep things from running, or from running on something else. It can't hurt either way...

PS Idalis you don't use this method EVERY time you wash the jeans do you? Just initially?
post #14 of 37
Only the first time. I will do it twice if I think I can stand to get a little more off of them
post #15 of 37
Would you turn crystals inside out if trying to shrink them up? Also will the things/legs get much smaller? I really want the inseam smaller. thanks
post #16 of 37
No, I do the same with crystals as with darkwash/light stitch.... keep them out of the direct water. And yes, the thighs will get smaller. Legs not really. You can generally get 1/2"-3/4" off the inseam or so
post #17 of 37
Idalis> stupid question, but just making sure: After your shrinking treatment, the jeans stay smaller right, they don't just stretch right out? Cause I have a couple of jeans that could use some of that. ^^
post #18 of 37
They stretch a little, like the same amount proportionally that they would stretch after a few wearings at the original unshrinked size. But no, they never go back to the original size
post #19 of 37

color

Would the true color fade out?
post #20 of 37
Answered that on the first page of the thread
post #21 of 37
sorry
post #22 of 37
Does it matter if I flip the jeans inside out when using your method idalis?
post #23 of 37
I wouldn't imagine so
post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by thatrachel
Would you turn crystals inside out if trying to shrink them up? Also will the things/legs get much smaller? I really want the inseam smaller. thanks
whenever you wash your jeans, you should turn them inside out. same with most tops. that way, the abrasiveness doesn't run the outside (ie: the fancy stitching on the pockets (or in your case, the crystals. )
post #25 of 37
OT but Idalis! I want your jeans collection! Or at least just the green crystal Dojos. Have you seen any on eBay???
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