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post #61 of 88
WHat makes 1947 501's better than regular 501's? Where can I get them? They are sold out everywhere. Thanks.
post #62 of 88
you have to buy them from either ebay or EU/JP, Levis USA has discontinued them because of poor sales since most people here have the same mentality about levis as you do, cheap.. and would not want to shell out $180 for Levis raw STFs. There are a lot of things better about LVC than the $35 501 STFs. In short, the denim is selvedge, superior in fading, hidden rivets, chainstitched hems, other accurate details from the '47 501s, made in the USA (I think) etc.
post #63 of 88
Im a 35" waist-im going to try a pair of 55s from cultizm. Dejan says they run about 2 inches large in the waist. So would you go 33 waist hoping to get a 35"-which will shrink about an inch and then stretch back to 35? Or is that risking them as too tight in the waist? Or take a flyer on a 36" waist and hope it shrinks down .....any further thoughts would be appreicated. I have 36" waist 47 that fits perfect but i know they run slimmer....
post #64 of 88
I sized up one on my 501's and they fit fine in the waist. Got a 34 inseem and they are about 31. something now.
post #65 of 88
^ This thread is about LVC 1947 501s, not regular 501 STFs, which are sized differently.
post #66 of 88
hey i picked up a pair of lvc 1947 for $100 on sale at ubiq. but they only had a size 28x34 and i am a true 28. so should i just not presoak and just wear them hard? or should i just cold soak? id like to get rid of some inseam though.

would it be better for me to just hot soak from the thighs and legs down and just keep the waist above the water?

any help would be great!
post #67 of 88
^ Wear them into a warm bath.
post #68 of 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by aqhong View Post
^ Wear them into a warm bath.

great how long? do i need the whole vinegar and sugar concoction?
post #69 of 88
^ I just did it for ten minutes or so like they recommended in the booklet; didn't see any point in prolonging it, as most of the shrinkage is instant. Dunno what the purpose of sugar or vinegar is, but I personally wouldn't want to be bathing in it.
post #70 of 88
So I'm looking for a nice slim fitting and long jean, Cultizm has a pair of 1947's in 32x40. My normal size is a 32x35, do you guys think this will be too tight? Unfortunately they don't have a 33 or 34 waist \\ :
post #71 of 88
^ You'll be fine if you shrink them by wearing them into a bath, as I described above. I'm a 30" waist and wear a 30 in LVC '47.
post #72 of 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by aqhong View Post
^ You'll be fine if you shrink them by wearing them into a bath, as I described above. I'm a 30" waist and wear a 30 in LVC '47.

Wow, I'm 30 waist too (what I buy not the actual measurement), I'm about to buy 47lvc in 32waist 34leg as, according to oipolloi website:


'Definitely shrink 2" in waist and up to 3" in leg. Please bear in mind these are already 1" under ticket size at the waist, so some people may even need to buy TWO sizes bigger in the waist and one size bigger in leg.

e.g 34 x 34 will shrink to approx 31" waist 31.5" leg.'


I have 'normal' (non LVC, non stf) 501s in 30w 30l which fit ok, I tried normal stf 501s in 30 32 and (after a few months' wash and wear) they're ok on the waist but too short, so . . . do I get my 47LVC 501s in 32w 34l or 30w 34l? Please bear in mind that I can't stand wearing jeans that are too tight (too scruffy/indie for me and inadvisable for medical reasons) or falling off my butt (I don't go for the gangster look).

Incidentally, I plan to shrink them new and wash them when they're dirty, and keep them new looking or all over faded, not worn looking or scruffy (I hope that's not sacrilegious to anyone).

Thanks in advance my new virtual friends.
post #73 of 88
My leg is 34" regularly, does Levis make 37" legs?
post #74 of 88
No they don't, but my 38 length shrunk to a 35. you should be okay with that.
post #75 of 88
I'm a 31" waist and about the same inseam. I bought my 47's in a 32x34, they fit huge new, I couldn't figure how they say they are 1" less in the waist?. At first i soaked them in hot water for about 3hrs and hung them to dry. They didnt shrink much maybe a inch in the waist but still a bit loose and way too baggey in the thigh hip area. I wore them like this for a couple weeks then gave them a second soak for about 4hrs in hot water then hung to dry overnight. When i woke up in the a.m. and while they were still damp i popped them in the dryer for 30 minutes. This did the trick, the waist fits a tad tight but nothing that alot of wearing won't stretch out and the inseam fits pretty good (definitly shrunk alot more in length on 2nd soak). I don't think i could've gotten a better fit then this.

For those of you who are a 31" waist like myself, I would NOT go for the size 34" waist thinking they measure 33" and will shrink to a 31" atleast thats not how mine worked out.

Also, after both soaks i barely lost any indigo at all.
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