To answe my own question a couple pages back, yes butler still exists and all shop except (rue de varenne) in Paris offers the service.
So 3 pairs of beaten up ns,s are going to Paris.
Here are my 4 month new standards I just washed. Thanks for your help on the inseam. I stretched them every hour after washing and actually got 3/4" in length back, which makes the length perfect now (assuming it will stay that length). The befores were taken in daylight, the afters in artificial light.
Yeah they were starting to get that clammy, dead skin cell feeling so I thought it would be good to wash them now. I think someone a few weeks back said that letting them get too dirty can expedite crotch blowout. If that's true I'd rather have worse fades than a patched crotch. Plus I wanted to get these softer for the warmer months.
But I agree, it would have been nicer to be farther along once they had gotten this dirty. I work at a desk so I don't wear them as hard as I'd like to.
Right after rinsing I laid them on the ground, picked up a leg, and put my foot on the waistband. I stretched the two seems of the leg then the middle, fairly hard. After doing the same thing on the other leg, I hung them upside down in the sun. The sun didn't do much to accelerate drying because it was in the mid-70s, but the breeze seemed help significantly. I continued to stretch them about once every hour for the next 3 hours. They were close to dry at that point and the inseam was measuring longer than what they had been so I didn't bother stretching anymore.
My only concern is that I hope I didn't flatten out the creases, whiskers, honeycombs, whatever, to the point they could be reset, which would mess up my current, albeit weak, fade lines. But I doubt that will happen.
Also, on an unrelated and unsolicited point, I used Dr. Bronner's peppermint and so far the results look and smell good. Much cleaner feeling and smelling than the Woolite Black I tried on another pair last week.
Heard you guys like APCs in this thread
Just bought a new pair of New Standards sized down 2 sizes (top two buttons don't button so fingers crossed waist stretches 2 inches again). Figured I'd give ya'll some pics of my 1st pair which are PS sized to fit before stretching and worn almost every day (I'd say 320 days a year) for nearly two years. Initial wash after 1yr, then again after 6 months.
Edit: They're not actually that overall faded looking, phone flash ftl.