If you’re persistent and lucky enough to find the perfect vintage jeans you already did the hard work but there’re still one or two things to do before wearing them. At least I wanted to try tightening them a bit and well, I needed to get rid of that typical vintage smell too.
So why can this method help? Most of the vintage jeans are made of 100% cotton which means no stretch at all, formerly people bought sized up jeans and just refit them to theirselves which is a lovely idea if you ask me.
I read the other day that nowadays is pretty normal to change ourselves for the clothes. And actually this is true. Lot of people buy something just because it’s nice, cheap, new, but not a good fit. They say I’ll fit into this later, I have to loose/gain some kilos/pounds anyway. But this is wrong idea on many levels as clothes should be for us and not the other way around. We should get fixed the clothes and not ourselves. Ok, there’re people who probably need to loose or gain some weight. But not for clothes and not for others but for themselves, for their health.
But I’m almost off-topic so back to refitting. I read some articles about refitting jeans and as a curious person I am I wanted to give it a try. Even so because I still felt the jeans a bit loose on me.
I’m gonna tell you how I did it but please consider the fact that it takes time. If you really want to do this I recommend to devote a day or so for the whole process.
And now lets see what I did exactly:
- Sink the jeans into hot water. For this purpose I used my laundry basket from IKEA but a normal tub is just fine too. I used it because it’s smaller so less water was enough and because you need hot water and it would have taken some time till the cold tub got warm. Also you need really hot water which means while the basket was been filling I used the kettle to boil some water too. When the basket was filled I put the jeans into it and pushed them under the water (so it’s important not to use the boiled water yet). After then I poured the boiled water into the jeans in the warm water. Be careful and do not touch the jeans after this for a while! It gets really warm and you can easily burn yourself. You can use a pinch of salt if you want, supposedly it helps to keep the color of the jeans. I used it and can say it didn’t hurt so why not. 🙂 Leave the jeans in the water at least one hour (until the water gets lukewarm).
- Put some conditioner into the water in the end, before you take out the jeans. Actually it wasn’t the part of the original process but they didn’t do it with vintage jeans and I wanted to tackle the smell too. Stir the conditioner with the jeans in the water and leave the whole thing there for another 10-20 minutes.
- Pull the jeans out and hang them on a hanger. Let them to be there for another hour until the dripping will cease and the jeans get wet but not soaking wet. I put my jeans over the tub. It wasn’t in the description either but I squeezed the legs a bit to fasten up the process.
- Use a big towel to soak some more water up. I used a darker one just in case. Lay it flat on the floor and put the jeans on it. Then fold the towel’s other end over the jeans. Now you can stand/sit/lay on it a bit. As you can see I got some help too. 🙂 You can also put something on it and just leave it there for a while.
- Put the still wet jeans on. Yeah, sorry it’s not a good feeling but actually it’s bearable. I did it because why not, but lot of people don’t do this step (or the whole process) at all. And there are some people who will stay in them until they get full dry. Actually I didn’t wait it either. Maybe if I’d live in a warmer place but not in the still chilly London. 🙂 So I put them on, and leave them for a while. I had moved a bit in them, made some squats, sat down, stand up and then I took them off and left them to dry completely.
- If you want, use some extra fabric freshener. As I had done and they had really nice smell after it. Done. Put them on and enjoy. 🙂
So now you can ask whether it was worth the time and energy? And I’d say yes.
- First of all the jeans got a bit tighter. When I got them the waist was measured 13”, after the refit process 12,5”which made them perfect. Also the length got a bit shorter too which wasn’t still good enough for me, but at least now I’m sure if I fixed them it wouldn’t get any shorter.
- Secondly the vintage smell is gone (for this only it was worth it) but alternatively you can put them in the fridge. Actually I never tried this but supposedly it’s the best method against smell. If you did it, let me know how it worked. 🙂
- And finally I feel myself better in them. After all we’re speaking a pair of used jeans here which lived a whole other life before.
Of course you didn’t have to do this if you think your jeans are perfect the way they are. It’s a personal choice and maybe a normal wash just enough.
What do you think? Did you try this before or something similar?