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    How do you shrink jeans?

    Hi,
    I've just recieved my Levis 501 from HOF sale, they didn't have my size, I'm normally a 30R.
    So I just ordered 34L, and I also got a pair of Levis 503(loose), size 32R.
    I'm thinking of returning the 501s, as they are way too big.
    How do I shrink the 501s?
    Do I wash them in hot water, like 90oC?
    Would they continue to shrink after every wash?
    Cheers

    20 Comments

    wish i had ur problem;

    think washing ur jeans will only make em shorter and fade the colour. dont do it. maybe move the button further up....or take it to a tailor in a dry cleaners?

    Original Poster

    they are 4'' inches too big, could these shrink at least 2'', so i could where a belt with em

    Banned

    may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine swears this is the way to get a perfect fit!

    hankmarvin4;3263004

    may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine … may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine swears this is the way to get a perfect fit!



    I have seen that done on programs about the sixties, so maybe that would work, :-D

    Send them round for my wife to wash......She seems to be able to shrink anything in the washing machine:whistling:

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    hankmarvin4;3263004

    may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine … may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine swears this is the way to get a perfect fit!



    thats the way to do it get in a bath with them on then get out and let them dry while you wear them

    Original Poster

    would it shrink 4 inches?
    and is it ok to roll up the bottom?

    Just a thought? arent all jeans pre shrunk now, so that you dont ruin them? I cant remember ever having a pair of jeans that shrink,

    Original Poster

    Train Driver;3263028

    Send them round for my wife to wash......She seems to be able to shrink … Send them round for my wife to wash......She seems to be able to shrink anything in the washing machine:whistling:



    lool, how many sizes have they shrunk by?
    I need 4 inches off the waist!!!!
    :oops:I think I need to gain weight....

    o BLACK TIGER o;3263076

    lool, how many sizes have they shrunk by?I need 4 inches off the … lool, how many sizes have they shrunk by?I need 4 inches off the waist!!!!:oops:I think I need to gain weight....



    Never lose 4 inches below the waist:-D

    Original Poster

    Train Driver;3263084

    Never lose 4 inches below the waist:-D



    losing 4 inches there won't make a difference to me, still got plenty left:thumbsup:

    supermod

    Eat lots & lots of cream cakes, or wait 10yrs for the inevitable passing of time & all that goes with it .....

    A 90° wash (don't put anything else in as the dye will run) will shrink them as much as possible, but it won't be loads. They won't continue to shrink though after the first time. But that isn't going to shrink the waist band noticeably & the 34" ones are going to be big unless the brand have small sizes as a rule. My eldest takes a 30"L & a 34" would just swamp him. Buy a strong belt ? ;-)

    If they say they can't be tumbled, then tumble them.......that always works for me :giggle:

    i often buy clothes too big if they dont have my size,
    then a real good spin in a tumble/condenser dryer,till they're bone dry definitely shrinks them a lot.
    a couple of goes really does it.
    have to be put in wet though

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    sigma;3263104

    Eat lots & lots of cream cakes, or wait 10yrs for the inevitable passing … Eat lots & lots of cream cakes, or wait 10yrs for the inevitable passing of time & all that goes with it ..... :pA 90° wash (don't put anything else in as the dye will run) will shrink them as much as possible, but it won't be loads. They won't continue to shrink though after the first time. But that isn't going to shrink the waist band noticeably & the 34" ones are going to be big unless the brand have small sizes as a rule. My eldest takes a 30"L & a 34" would just swamp him. Buy a strong belt ? ;-)



    would they shrink like 2 inches at least?
    i think i could grow into them later

    supermod

    I just imagine you lifting them out of washer / dryer & then falling to pieces :w00t:

    o BLACK TIGER o;3263154

    would they shrink like 2 inches at least?i think i could grow into them … would they shrink like 2 inches at least?i think i could grow into them later



    Yes, they should be at least an inch shorter. My eldest would grown that much in 2mths anyway at the moment, & if you're the same they should be okay.

    But bit worried about the seams etc if they have a lot of washing restrictions. Just check that everything is really well sewn / finished & if so it must be because they are very liable to shrinkage as has said - here's hoping ! Good luck ;-)

    Original Poster

    thanks for all the replies, im just going to wear a belt with them:)

    give them to me ,to wash works every time lol

    There are tons of guides to shrink levi's 501. It involves putting it in hot/warm water for awhile. Just do a search on google and follow their instructions.

    hankmarvin4;3263004

    may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine … may sound silly but sit in a hot bath wearing the jeans. A friend of mine swears this is the way to get a perfect fit!



    Good tip. :thumbsup:

    I used to do this when I got new football boots.
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