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I have a jean...(The Ultimate Jean Thread For Beginners) - ask questions here.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by whodini, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. constant struggle

    constant struggle Senior member

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    I need to get some jeans hemmed. I want to preserve the original hem but don't know whether to have the excess fabric cut or just folded inside the leg. Are there any guidelines for this?

    definitely cut it, its going to look fuckin weird if you fold it
     
  2. shade449

    shade449 Well-Known Member

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    ^ You'll also want to find out if your jeans are chain stitched or not. Most tailors that I know of don't chain stitch so if your jeans are, you might have to look around for a place that does.
     
  3. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    ^ You'll also want to find out if your jeans are chain stitched or not. Most tailors that I know of don't chain stitch so if your jeans are, you might have to look around for a place that does.
    Why?
     
  4. JOA

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    My only pair of raw denim is the NS, but I'm looking to add a second pair so that I can rotate. I am looking for a comparable fit, perhaps with a slightly wider thigh. Based on my reading of threads, looking at pics/measurements on the Denim Bar site, etc., I believe the 5EPxSF or the KMW 1980s are my best bet. But, I'm deferring to the more knowledgeable members here. Am I on the right track? Also, I'm assuming from my reading that neither the 5EP nor the KMW will stretch much. I'm a natural 34 waist. Should I order a 34 either of those?

    Thanks.

    JOA
     
  5. converge

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    I've been wearing a pair of Jims for 8 months. When I first got them they were pretty tight in the thigh area. Now they have stretched a lot and are much looser in the thigh area. Will Thin Finns also exhibit this? I've heard since they have 2% stretch material they really won't stretch that much in the long run.
     
  6. alexforbreakfast

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    hopefully i don't get too torn apart for this one...

    i recently just started getting into checking out more expensive denim and need some help. a lot of people i've talked to have been telling me to get sevens or citizens of humanities, but i've also heard that they're not really worth the price.

    (here's the embarrassing part) I currently have just been wearing slim straight girl jeans from stores like hollister or ae. i have a 27-29 waste line and 32-34 length and as you can tell like my jeans to be very form fitting.

    If anyone could start leading me in the write direction for what to check out in terms of my style preference i'd appreciate it. thanks!
     
  7. Notreknip

    Notreknip Senior member

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    hopefully i don't get too torn apart for this one...

    i recently just started getting into checking out more expensive denim and need some help. a lot of people i've talked to have been telling me to get sevens or citizens of humanities, but i've also heard that they're not really worth the price.

    (here's the embarrassing part) I currently have just been wearing slim straight girl jeans from stores like hollister or ae. i have a 27-29 waste line and 32-34 length and as you can tell like my jeans to be very form fitting.

    If anyone could start leading me in the write direction for what to check out in terms of my style preference i'd appreciate it. thanks!


    If I were you I'd start looking at either APC denim or Nudie denim as everyone around here seems to use them as a comparative standard. (Note that I don't mean this from a sizing perspective as the sizing for APC is all out of whack; I'm only suggesting this from a "fit" perspective.) Furthermore, these brands are relatively easy to find and are on the less-expensive end of the spectrum being in the $125-200 range.

    It sounds like you're looking at likely either the New Cure (NC) or New Standard (NS) from APC and either the Slim Jim (SJ) or Thin Finn (TF) in Nudie. Search and check out some photos of people wearing these jeans and then try your hardest to figure out what size you are, which is surely the most difficult part.
     
  8. alexforbreakfast

    alexforbreakfast Member

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    If I were you I'd start looking at either APC denim or Nudie denim as everyone around here seems to use them as a comparative standard. (Note that I don't mean this from a sizing perspective as the sizing for APC is all out of whack; I'm only suggesting this from a "fit" perspective.) Furthermore, these brands are relatively easy to find and are on the less-expensive end of the spectrum being in the $125-200 range. It sounds like you're looking at likely either the New Cure (NC) or New Standard (NS) from APC and either the Slim Jim (SJ) or Thin Finn (TF) in Nudie. Search and check out some photos of people wearing these jeans and then try your hardest to figure out what size you are, which is surely the most difficult part.
    thanks a lot, i'll definitely check those out. any other possible suggestions? edit: i'm liking the super slim kim's in nudie, the washes look great too
     
  9. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    I am around 5'10 or 5'11. I like the KMW 1980 better than the KMW rocker (mainly because of the rocker's tapered leg). However, i do not fit into the KMW 1980 (smallest size is a 29). If I were to purchase a KMW Rocker in a size 34 inseam and have it hemmed to a 32.5 inseam, will I lose a good bit of the Rockers' taper or am I guilty of faulty logic?
     
  10. drizzt3117

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    I am around 5'10 or 5'11. I like the KMW 1980 better than the KMW rocker (mainly because of the rocker's tapered leg). However, i do not fit into the KMW 1980 (smallest size is a 29). If I were to purchase a KMW Rocker in a size 34 inseam and have it hemmed to a 32.5 inseam, will I lose a good bit of the Rockers' taper or am I guilty of faulty logic?

    According to Context's measurements, the Rocker tapers 1" from knee to hem. It seems to me that it's a gradual taper, so hemming it only 1.5" is going to get rid of some of the taper, but certainly not all of it.
     
  11. PG2G

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    The rocker is 2" longer than tagged for a reason, leave the inseam alone. At 5"11, they probably won't be ridiculously long on you anyway.
     
  12. xchen

    xchen Senior member

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    I'm swapping some Nudies for some Godmother era RRLs today and I haven't seen them yet but I am assuming they are a one wash. My friend who got them on ebay said they are very soft. I'm wondering if I should starch these to get some stiffness going on to promote the fading.

    I have a can of heavy starch? Would I just coat them? How long will the starch stay in before I need to starch again?

    I might not even starch them I'll just see how it goes.
     
  13. Oxnard

    Oxnard Senior member

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    Was hoping someone could help me with this question...okay so I have essentially decided to get the KMW 1980 in the "rinsed" wash (as it is up on denimbar), as I hav e been searching to get a well constructed pair of non-raw jeans to serve the purpose of being my "everday" kindve jeans as my old ones have blown out. What I am curious to is that all of the raw japanese made KMWS (such as the 1980 dry) are listed as being made with the zimbabwean cotton, rope-dyed indigo, etc., while the rinse version of the 1980 is not listed as having these qualities to it. In my mind I imagine they just didn't include the description and that the rinsed version is of the same materials, with the only difference being that its washed, right? I just want to make sure that if I buy the 1980 rinsed that the only difference is that it is rinsed, and that it is of the same quality as the other KMW products. Much thanks to anyone who can share such knowledge of KMW denim with me.[​IMG]
     
  14. PG2G

    PG2G Senior member

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    I can't say I see how a one wash jean is anymore of an everyday jean than a raw jean is. They look pretty much identical, and the stiffness of the KMW raws wouldn't last too long.

    You could always just buy the raws and wash them too...
     
  15. spellc

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    So I'm a mildly tallish (6'1") very skinny (~120) guy who's had issues dressing forever. I've been trying some new stuff lately, and recently purchased my first pair of selvedge jeans - Imperial Dukes in Indigo (29) from Context. Since I have next to no experience with stuff this high-end, I'm looking for some help. Given these pictures, should I be looking to hem or taper these? Where would be my best bet to have that done, if needed? I also read a lot of different thoughts about how/when to wash/soak them, so pointing a newbie in the right direction would be helpful. Any other advice you feel you can impart is also very much appreciated. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  16. Studio27

    Studio27 Senior member

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    ^ they look too big from those pictures to me. how much (or do) these shrink?
     
  17. spellc

    spellc Member

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    ^ they look too big from those pictures to me. how much (or do) these shrink?
    All jeans wind up looking a little big on me, but they fit fine in the hips, it's just a matter of whether I want to hem and/or taper I think.
     
  18. Studio27

    Studio27 Senior member

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    what i meant is you may want to look into something slimmer... or rather "skinny" fit to get a slim silhouette. or squats! [​IMG]
     
  19. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    +1. We're not saying you should wear denim leggins but you clearly need something far slimmer than what Imperial offers.
     
  20. xchen

    xchen Senior member

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    Maybe you can look at Imperial's Shearer cut.
     

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