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jeans alteration

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Luc-Emmanuel, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Bought a pair of jeans from vintage 55. The model is "heavy weight denim slim fit, straight legs, stoned wash", W31 L34.
    It's just as advertised, heavy weight denim just as stiff as a rock: very nice silhouette overall, slimmer than HL, nice wash. Except for one thing, this is not a W31 : it's actually less than 15" (38cm).
    My old 501 (W31) is 39cm, and my older 501 (W30) is 37cm (I don't fit in this one anymore, and I remember wearing a W28 in senior high school, but well that's another story).
    Anyway, altering a jeans waist is possible or not ? Can I strecth it ? Anything I can do to gain 1cm at the waist ?

    I figured they took a "true" W31, which is now a W29 after the stone wash...

    TIA
    .luc
     
  2. stache

    stache Senior member

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    Was this an internet purchase? You need to exchange them. There is no way to make jeans bigger.
     
  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    no, it was not an internet purchase. I grabbed it in the shop without trying it on. I figured 31" was okay, even if it looked small, as I usually wear a 30". I was less than 40 euros, and it fits very snug. In fact, it's the overall denim stiffness which feels tight. I have a kilogram to lose anyway [​IMG] .luc
     
  4. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Senior member

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    I've had them taken in at the waist by adding darts I believe its called. I would imagine that a triangular piece of denim could be sewn into the waist, but it might look a little sloppy. Then again, I am far from a tailor.....
     
  5. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    If they originally were bigger, they will stretch out a bit. If you want to wear them wet, that will work; otherwise, you might have to devise a device of some kind to do the job for you. For example, a cabinet makers' clamp with the ends turned around (into 'stretch' mode) and then placed inside the wet jeans to stretch them out might work, or you could hang them from something and hang something from the waist...

    Depending on how tight they are though, it might not be possible.
     
  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Exchange is your best bet. If you do not like the fit of jeans when you first buy them, the likelihood of your liking them later on, regardless of what you do tothem, is low. Vintage 55 is a decent denim brand, though not my favorite by far, and nearly unknown in the US. However, they are reasonable well known in Europe (for those who do not know, Vintage 55 is sort of like a European Lucky or Blue Marlin - middle of the road, some good stuff, rather more pedestrian stuff - the clothes are way too logoed for my tastes.) Maybe you could sell them on Ebay or something if they are not returnable or exchangeable (for at least store credit, which can be useful.)
     
  7. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you don't want to exchange them, you'd be surprised at how much you can stretch the waistband. Just get them wet, put your foot in the waistband on the floor, grab the other end, and pull. You can easily add an inch.
     
  8. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Senior member

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    LMAO....for some reason this struck me as quite funny....though I'm sure you're right. There's just something amusing about coming to a clothing board of this caliber to get advice on how to stretch your jeans using your feet. [​IMG]
     
  9. mrprlover

    mrprlover Senior member

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    LOL damn that was funny.
    Yeah...and pull until you first hear a slight rip. Then you're money.

    e
     
  10. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    LAG, thanks for the tip. However, I don't find this "overlogoed" by any means : [​IMG] [​IMG] .luc
     
  11. rlevine

    rlevine Well-Known Member

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    He was probably talking about the rest of their clothing... ie tops and such.
     
  12. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The jeans I find fine, but the sweatshirts and tees with the big 55 all over the place are way over the top.  Diesel and GStar I have the same opinion of.  Energie, I just hate.
     

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