early on, i knew the toughness & roughness [like burlap] of the denim seemed an overkill for the 100% cotton thread, so, i figured i should not treat them like breaking in [a usual
] raw denim pair. the denim was ultra stiff and heavily laden with starch. breaking them in [as is] would have been like operating a machine without lubrication. i had to either double wash right away to flush out most of the starch & start to temper the yarns [on both fabric & thread] or take a more leisurely
break in process [and soak on shorter intertervals] until the fabric softens up to certain degree and becomes more pliant__ @which stage i can really start to rock 'em harder.
i decided on the latter cuz the denim was a new production and untried... 'afraid the waist would shrink beyond expectation. 'seemed on the 1st 3 soaks, the denim resets back to [almost] new condition and the weave got even tighter on each soak. good thing i was able to keep the waist @ a manageable 34".
don't know how the denim will behave after a full wash [and beyond], but i'm not expecting for high contrast or even for the high traffic areas to fade to white. but, there's gonna be greycasting + some massive vertical falling due to the linear slubbing
Originally Posted by IIIrd Icon
height= 5'11" :: weight= 180 lbs approx. :: jeans size= W33x32, 33-34 w/cuffs
[ i don't stack ]Samurai s5000ai-10sp
:: 17oz natural indigo dyed :: TTS @W33
initial 2 hotsoaks
@4 mos [effective wear] x 3 hotsoaks x 0 wash :: current measurements : w= 34, ins= 33.5 , f/r= 10, b/r= 14.25, u/t= 12, kn= 9, l/o= 8.25
current: @1 y/o = 5 mos [effective wear] x 4 soaks [3 hot + 1 warm] :: n0 wash :: n0 thread breakage [ei, due to preventive reinforcement on pressure points + "tempering" by muliple soaks]