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Levis lvc 501 1947 shrink-to-fit advice

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by undarted, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. zacharydschroeder

    zacharydschroeder Senior member

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    Here's what I did with some plain 501 STF, not LVC, but the method should be similar.

    1. Run hot water in bathtub
    2. Wear jeans in tub for ~30 minutes
    3. Put in dryer for 30 minutes. Since it was winter and kinda cold I couldn't wear them till dryness
    4. Out of dryer now lightly damp, put them on and break in the form again. Note much shrinkage
    5. Took off and let air dry
    6. "OMG I've created cardboard!" Find stiffest jeans ever waiting for me, much more so than NWT
    7. Profit!...err wear till they break in

    The normal STF only shrink ~1" in the waist now, but 3" in length. I feel like they may shrink a teeny bit more once I do a real wash and dry.


    This is quite similar to my experience. I sat in the tub wearing them w/ the water as hot as I could stand for about 30 minutes, but I didn't put them in the dryer. I just let them hang dry. I haven't measured to give exact numbers, but I'm normally a 30x32, and I purchased 32x34's, and they lost about 2 inches in length. I wore mine for a few hours while they were drying so they wouldn't shrink too much, but they probably lost about an inch in the waist once dry regardless.
     
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    I don't have access to my tub to hot soak my LVC 1947s for the second time. I have a smaller plastic tub, but I'll have to fold my jeans a couple times to fit them in. If I do this will it mess up any of the shrinking?
     
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    I don't have access to my tub to hot soak my LVC 1947s for the second time. I have a smaller plastic tub, but I'll have to fold my jeans a couple times to fit them in. If I do this will it mess up any of the shrinking?

    i put my 47501's in a small container probably the size of a small/medium trashcan. i folded it leg over leg, then three times so it looked like it was on folded display at a store. I think i had them inside out also, which makes it difficult to flip around when soaking wet.

    I used the hottest water my tap could provide for 4 hours. it was a 30x34. the waist was 28 and i don't remember the length, but it seems like a 32 now. it turned out fine for me; i let them dry for a bit with a hanger in to stretch the waist a tad since i'm a true 29. with a few months they usually stretch to a 30, but always shrink back with wash.
     
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    Did anyone else use vinegar and/or salt? Why or why not?

    Thanks for the responses - very helpful
     
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    no, because i didn't want them stinking like vinegar and they're not going to lose indigo that easily
     
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    i put my 47501's in a small container probably the size of a small/medium trashcan. i folded it leg over leg, then three times so it looked like it was on folded display at a store. I think i had them inside out also, which makes it difficult to flip around when soaking wet.

    I used the hottest water my tap could provide for 4 hours. it was a 30x34. the waist was 28 and i don't remember the length, but it seems like a 32 now. it turned out fine for me; i let them dry for a bit with a hanger in to stretch the waist a tad since i'm a true 29. with a few months they usually stretch to a 30, but always shrink back with wash.


    exactly, they stretch out so easily
     
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    So were these discontinued or what? Seems like they're on deep discount everywhere and sold out of most places--I just special ordered a pair from a Levi's store in Alabama for $60 shipped. Seems like an odd choice for Levi's to discontinue them, though. Anybody know what's up?
     
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    So were these discontinued or what? Seems like they're on deep discount everywhere and sold out of most places--I just special ordered a pair from a Levi's store in Alabama for $60 shipped. Seems like an odd choice for Levi's to discontinue them, though. Anybody know what's up?

    i heard they are discontinued...
     
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    i heard they are discontinued...

    Pretty lame. I might have to pick up an insurance pair and stash it away somewhere.
     
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    Pretty lame. I might have to pick up an insurance pair and stash it away somewhere.

    i was trying to do the same thing, don't know a physical place i could get it though
     
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    So were these discontinued or what? Seems like they're on deep discount everywhere and sold out of most places--I just special ordered a pair from a Levi's store in Alabama for $60 shipped. Seems like an odd choice for Levi's to discontinue them, though. Anybody know what's up?
    Did you get Levi's customer service to track down a pair or did you just call up stores until you found some in stock? I'd love to grab some 47s before they're all gone but my closest Levi's store only carries the crappy non-lvc 1947 models.
     
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    I went into a store here in New York and actually found a pair, but they were the last ones in the store and not my size. They didn't have a price so I took them to the register and asked how much they were, then asked if they had any more. The associate did a quick lookup and found that there weren't any more in any of the NYC stores but that they had some in Birmingham, so she just gave me the number of that store. Once I confirm I got the right size I'll probably order another pair. I mean for $14 above regular STF retail you can't really argue.
     
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    Are you referring to the LVC 1947 501s in deadstock? I would get a few pairs for $60 if I could find them. Cultizm still has plenty for ~$180/pair.
     
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    It's tempting but I can't justify getting another pair of 47s to store away for later when I'm already working on a pair. I'll spend the cash towards a different brand/fit since there are so many great jeans out there. It's very tempting though. [​IMG]
     
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    I have never seen the 1947 501XX LVC in a Levis store discounted or not... I have 2 pairs of these and they are the perfect blank jean -- great fit and quality. The denim blows away the APC's that I have had in the past in my opinion... also better than Premium Levis.

    Love em.
     

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