Originally Posted by cheapmutha
not getting impatient... just intrested in the process. im more interested in making and finishing my own clothes than i am wearing jeans 6 months without washing. i also have more dark, non distressed jeans that i can wear out(vintage wranglers, scovill zipper and indigo that is darker than raw stf, is next in line). i want to know about the process of design from begining to end, and this is part of it.
Not sure what exactly you want to know, but ime, and I wear jeans really hard (for example, my jeans usually have as much abrasion and fading, just from normal wear and tear, in two or three months, as most people get in 6-8 months), I would just wear the jeans hard. I would not starch. I find that the honeycombs are very defined if you starch your jeans, yes, but that they also look fake - they generally too faded with respect to the natural fading on the thighs and butt. A good way to speed up the aging process is to wear your jeans in the rain. No wierd streaking will occur, but as they dry on your body, the creases will become more pronounced, start to fade immediately, and settle when dry. Another method to increase ageing is to wet your jeans and rub them with a wet rag while sitting down (discuessed elsewhere.)
As for actually customizing your jeans, I nearly always put extra, reinforced stitching in high stress areas (i.e. front pockets). And I'll patch the jeans, usually from the inside, by hand, as they wear out or rip, using either complementary or contrast colored thread, depending on the jeans. This usually provides some extra visual interest. A mixture of these methods, and you get something that a commercial laundry would charge upwards of $20 for, and not do as good a job, on.