Dyeing your Favorite Jeans
Everyone has had the experience of finding a particular pair of jeans that seem to fit him to a T and feel great when he wears them. The only sad part about the whole thing is that eventually they start to fade and need to be either replaced,
relegated to casual use or consigned to the give away pile. This is the time to remember that jeans can be dyed to good effect.
I'm talking about jeans that someone would wear instead of dress pants or dress slacks, not the faded type of jeans that many of us wear every day. In cases like this, dyeing is the one best option, even above having a new pair custom made to match the old pair.
Jeans are the one exception when it comes to making a new pair to match the old. This CANNOT be done with jeans, because of the nature of denim.
Wearing your jeans actually forms the fabric to your body. You can see this effect yourself just by holding up a newly cleaned pair of your jeans. If you've worn them a dozen times or more, they will have taken on the shape of your body and will remember this shape forever--although it is possible that another person could impart a little of his own shape to them if he gets them secondhand and starts to wear them regularly.
This shaping of the fabric CANNOT be duplicated by anything else except your own body. No custom clothes maker or designer can take those jeans and make you a new pair that will fit you the same way. At Danese Creations we get asked for this half a dozen times or more each year, and each time we have to tell our customer about denim and its peculiarities.
We CAN make you a new pair of jeans with the exact same measurements as your old pair, but the new pair WILL NOT look the same on you until you've had the chance to mold them by wearing them quite a few times. It's funny, but it's true.
So the best solution for a pair of jeans that you really like and want to keep for awhile is to dye them. Here's a few tips for getting the best results.
First, always dye them with the original color. Second, always follow the instructions on the box of dye. And third, most important of all, to get the VERY BEST dye job possible, carefully REMOVE any labels on the outside of the jeans and sew them back on after you've dyed them. (If you're not able to do this yourself, your alterations place probably won't charge you very much to do this.)
Even a hard plastic label like the "Wrangler" on the right hip pocket will take on some dye if it isn't removed.
I'm not sure if your jeans can dye 8 times like the family cat, but dyeing them will extend the life of your favorite jeans for a long, long time.
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