I recorded the changes in my jeans as I went through the process of wearing and washing my Selvage Grand Street Jeans because lots of customers ask often about the care of raw denim. Common questions were:
- How much will raw denim jeans shrink?
- How much will raw denim jeans stretch or grow?
- Should I buy a size larger then soak the jeans?
- Do buy a size down and wear them until the jeans stretch and grow?
Below you'll find on the left, an image of a new pair of raw denim jeans combined with jeans worn 9 months without wash, on the right. The best thing about aging your own jeans apposed to purchasing a jean pre-washed, is you get authentic wear effects unique to your own body and wearing experience.
For a guy like me, with a large seat and athletic legs, the outcome was growth in the high stressed areas of the seat and waist from bending, even after wash. Also, lots of friction in the crotch area, which causes fraying at the seams and holes to develop in the denim, which is common for guys that wear their jeans lower on the hips. Those who wear jeans higher near the waistline may not get so much friction and wear in the crotch area.
Below, you will find the whole process detailing how I ended up at the measurements above. Again, the new pair of raw jeans on the left combined with jeans after wearing 9 months without wash, merged on the right.
Another note, the white in the base color becomes slightly dark from oils absorbed from the skin. After I did the first wash of the jeans, the blue was still pretty dark but the white yarns were brighter. You can see this in the animated images from my earlier post or in the slide show on Rawrdenim.com.