Originally Posted by CDHagg
The problem is that they've become really loose from the 5 months of wear, so I'm not sure if wearing them any more is going to cause the whiskers to keep fading.
If I just throw them in the dryer, will the heat make them shrink? Or could I soak them in cold water without the indigo bleeding much? They really need to be tighter.
Originally Posted by commodorewheeler
The cold soak might shrink them down to their original size when you bought them, but with Nudies, it probably won't make them any smaller than that, and IME, they'll stretch back out pretty quickly once you start wearing them again. If they've never touched water before, you'll lose whatever sheen is on the raw denim by doing a cold soak.
You might get a little more shrinkage out of the dryer, but again, they'll stretch back out pretty fast once you put them back on.
Heat (mostly) is what makes jeans shrink, so the dryer is your best bet if you're hoping for a bit of shrink without a wash. I've never simply dried unwashed jeans, so I can't comment on whether this will actually work though.
Any kind of soak or wash will strip some portion of the starch from the jeans, and the rigidity (due in part to the starch) is what causes a lot of the creasing/fading in raw denim. Like I alluded to in a previous post, a simple soak won't cause a ton of indigo loss either.
How did they fit when you first got them if they're too loose now?