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Overall shrink and stretch on raws?

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Some sites (SE and BiG) list the amount that the jeans will shrink when soaked and stretch with wear, but oly for the inseam and waist. Just wondering how much the rest (thigh and leg opening, knee etc.) will shrink and stretch, or do the rest of the measurements stay fairly conistent? I'm looking at Flat Head and Sugar Cane in particular.
post #2 of 4
depends if the denim is sanforized or not, and then it varies between each brand
post #3 of 4
with unsanforized denim, EVERYTHING shriks with a soak. waist, inseam, rise, thigh, leg opening, etc. BiG actually lists full measurements post-soak/wash for a lot of their pairs, but not all. you can always call either store and they would be able to help you with sizing and shrinkage advice on whatever pair you are interested in because amount of shrinkage and stretch will vary for each different denim.
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Also keep in mind that they'll stretch back out a bunch after that initial soak.

Typically what I do to keep things easy is buy jeans that I can just button (top one or two undone is OK) when they're in a raw state and then wear them during a hot soak. I've done this with about 6 pairs so far and none of them have shrunk back down so much that I couldn't wear them on subsequent washes.

Another good option is just to buy in one-wash already
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