This is the follow-up to the original “Levi’s 501 Shrink-to-Fit Project” video I posted almost four months ago when I got two new pairs of 501 Shrink-to-Fits. After I started washing them, I wanted to really wear into the jeans so that they had a real custom fit and feel to them by the time I made this follow-up. In conclusion, Levi’s suggestion about the first washing of the jeans was right on the money:
After wearing the new, stiff, unwashed jeans for as long as I could stand it, I soaked them in lukewarm water with a capful of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap for about 20 or 30 minutes, giving them a good “hand wash” while I was at it. (A lot of blue dye washed off the jeans, and my tub looked like I slaughtered a Smurf in it.) Then I let them hang dry. Once they were damp, I put them on and wore them until they were completely dry. I did this for the first few washings, and it worked perfectly.
Now I machine wash them cold (inside out) and hang them dry. All is well with a pair of jeans that now fit like they were made for me.