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Levi's replica 1947 501's Big E dry/selvedge

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So I had been wanting a pair of raw denim for awhile now. I ended up with a pair of Levis replica 1947 501's. I wanted to start with a pair of denim that was not $200-300 for my first pair. These were part of the big E line levis put out, which is there higher end denim and replica stuff. and these are a different lot the the levis STF 501's or any other STF for that matter. .

I know levis are rarely talked about in the dry denim area so I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with dry denim from levis?

I am thinking of giving them a soak to shrink a bit so my honeycombs and whiskers are not off set and in a weird spot when i wash-wash them 8 months or so from now. Does the warm soak effect the jeans the same as washing? You read all over the place DO NOT WASH!(6months or so) but then you see many people soaking their denim. is it the soap in the wash that has the big impact on the denim or is it water alone? I do not want to start fading the jeans yet or lock in the indigo. I have been wearing them for 3 weeks daily, has it been to long for a soak? I have just been wearing them with an inch and half of cuff to deal with the 34 length when i am around at 32.GOTTA SHOW THAT RED LINE!. haha

Thanks.
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If they are STF then you MUST soak them first. If you don't, the starch in them will never come out, AND when you wash them the first time (which will have to happen eventually) then they'll shrink and the fades will all be in the wrong places.

That whole DONT WASH YOUR JEAN thing is kind of BS too. All those gorgeous old levis from the 40s and 50s were all washed pretty regularly. Any jeans that hold their dye will be just fine with washing.
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They are not Shrink To Fit. While STF are "dry" denim by levi and so are mine. The big E/levi's replica lines are much higher quality raw denim, i believe these are 14oz.

I dont know if these jeans hold their indigo or not.

The question i really need answered i guess is; Has it been to long for a soak? 3 weeks of daily wear.
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They'll be fine
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