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FH Balder, are they the right sz for me? *pics*

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Waist are big but i have big hips
it's only a bit loose on the hips area
I'm afraid they're not going to fit me around the hips area after soak.....












post #2 of 25
yea it looks like you have bigger hips than fifi. If you are concerned, you can control the shrinkage by wearing the jeans while they soak (in the hottest water you can handle). However, IMO, it looks like you could just soak it in super hot water and get away with letting it be tight for a few days. You'll quickly get size back in the waist. You may not be able to zip it all the way & button the top, but the tighter it is, the faster it will stretch.
post #3 of 25
these jeans stretch pretty fast. if you're worried, you can wear it while the top is still damp (since it dries the slowest) and I think you should be fine!
post #4 of 25
Soak now. You'll be surprised how much they shrink. Dont base anything on pre-soak fit. If they fit tight pre-soak you wont be able to put them on post-soak
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by blm14 View Post
If they fit tight pre-soak you wont be able to put them on post-soak
That's exactly what I'm afraid of......
They're very loose everywhere except for the hips

I think i'll soak while wearing them....
post #6 of 25
If you put them on wet you should be ok! feifei sized up 2 ,28 from 26.
post #7 of 25
wearing during the hot soak will help, but also remember that they have the potential to stretch quite a bit while wet during that initial soak.

I pretty much always wear mine during that initial soak because I find that they tend to fit better afterwards. But that's just me.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Post-soak pics (about an hour soak in medium hot water)
I think I need more shrinkage, this time i'm going in with the jeans to the tub





post #9 of 25
use hot water. VERY hot. Like the hottest that you can get out of your spigots. That will helps.
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by blm14 View Post
use hot water. VERY hot. Like the hottest that you can get out of your spigots. That will helps.
will do
hopefully I can stand staying in the tub with the hot water


Thank you everyone for the advices
post #11 of 25
when i soaked my jeans the water was so hot that i burned my hand...cuz i accidently fell halfway in...
post #12 of 25
altho I have to say the fit looks much better even after that first soak
post #13 of 25
They look too big still. Are these not like other raws where they are a skinny fit? I like them but they are just too saggy on you.
post #14 of 25
I'm thinking when FH says slim, they are talking not matic slim, but slimmer than the "traditional" denim cuts.
I like that more traditional fit with the addition of the lower rise myself.

They will probably shrink up a bit more anyway!
post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by ndymiaw View Post
will do
hopefully I can stand staying in the tub with the hot water


Thank you everyone for the advices
if you want max shrinkage in the legs, don't wear them. you will want water hotter than a human would be able to sit in. just stretch the waist by hand while they are still wet after the soak and you'll be fine.
post #16 of 25
I can tolerate water hotter than most humans. It's my super-power.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
okay, here they are
another 2.5 hours soak of very hot water plus 20 mins of medium heat in the dryer

i kinda like the fit
it's not tight skin tight, unlike non-dry denim





post #18 of 25
looks good, a taper would make them even better (they look to fit very slim around your hips/ass, but noticeably loose around the lower legs). Also, they'll soften up w/ age and loose that "wrinkly" look... and with as slim as that fit is, you'll fade quickly.
& I can honestly say the back pockets have grown on me a bit, they just happened to look terrible on the selfedge model.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
thank you

they arent that tight though
but i dont think they'll shrink more

i do want to get them tapered
but kinda worry about loosing the chainstitching
is regular stitching good enough?
post #20 of 25
never had to get raw denim tapered. But I'd assume you'd lose your nice selvage lines at the bottom, though it'd be unnoticeable to the untrained eye, and shouldn't significantly affect the quality of the jeans. Just make sure you send it to a tailor you can trust. Talk to vickaaay, she had her PBJs tailored... they are chainstitched, and looked awesome afterwards.
post #21 of 25
Actually you can taper them without cutting any fabric. They can rip the stitching holding the two sides up the outseam and just sew back along a different path. That way it could actually be undone later if you wanted to!

But yeah no matter what the inseam will have to be re-done so try and get chainstitch if you can instead of lockstitch, if you care about such things.

I think that second post-soak fit is pretty nice. They will break in and mold to your body nicely after a couple of months. Just make sure not to wash them too too often. If you can stand to wear them every day for a couple of months (3 or 4 even better) then that's always good but I've been washing mine every 4-8 weeks and still get good results.

Edit: before you get them tapered in, try rolling or cuffing the hems. At least give it a try for a couple of days
post #22 of 25
I like that fit. For 300 bucks I wouldn't touch em .

Chainstitching is not a mysterious process. If they have a serger<<type of sewing machine , they can do it.
post #23 of 25
I like this cut and style. It is nice to see something different on a woman for once. The looser look is growing on me. I personally don't like the back pockets. I would probably take the stitching out.

Beegs you NEED these jeans. Perfect for you!

OP- Make sure to post pictures in a few months! I hear these bad boys fade really quick and nice! I wanna see!
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much everyone for helping me

I wore them to work tonight (7 hours) and the stretch like crazy, with the hem cuffed
they're so baggy now
i had to struggle to button them this morning and now they're so loose on the waist now

oh btw, they are selvage but without the "edge" at the outerseam due to the tappering.
but the "edge" is inside of the coin pocket is still there
post #25 of 25
eventually they will equalize between shrink and stretch and you'll have a nice comfy fit. Even if you had sized down, they just would have stretched out more from being so tight. They're gonna be your faves, trust me
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