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May 18, 2011 6:55 AM Subscribe
I bought a pair of Levi's 501 shrink-to-fit jeans. They didn't shrink and they don't fit. What to do?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
How can I get these guys to shrink to a better size? I was hoping to let them fade and wear naturally. I know the answer will be some combination of water and heat, but I'd rather not wash/dry them in such a way as to arrest a natural, attractive wear-in.
I took the manufacturer's advice and ordered up (3" on the waist, 2" on the length). When they arrived I gave them a tub-bath in cold water, about a week later they had a cold gentle wash in the machine after a toddler puking event.
They're too big around the waist (at least I can wear a belt), too baggy in the crotch and the legs feel enormous, compared to my other Gap and Uniqlo jeans.
The length is about right to turn the cuffs up once. I'm willing to sacrifice that to make them fit better.