Originally Posted by blank
The measurement on my 32W Patriots is ~ 32 inches.
The measurement on my 32W RRDS after 5 months is around 34 inches.
Nothing that I've read says that the Sewns will stretch 2 full sizes, and then even if they do, if I wash them, they'll likely shrink back down to an unmanageable size. I think the most accurate statement was somewhere back in this thread, that ES sizes these jeans down specifically to account for stretch, so that buyers will still pick up their natural jean size and not worry about the jeans getting ruined.
That isn't my experience with ES at all. My Hutches, Jakimos, Filsons, Kyrres, and Fultons have all stretched about 2" in the waist and although I haven't washed any of them, if they're like any other jean, they'll shrink part of the way back after washing and stretch right back out, but its up to you.
Did you actually wear a size 34 and size down to 32, just out of curiosity?