Levi’s 501 Shrink-to-Fit

I love a good pair of jeans. I have worn Levi’s for a few years now, but haven’t had a good pair that I have gotten tailored to my likes. Most of my jeans that I wear have a decent fit and I just never put a priority to them like other pants, though they definitely deserve it. As you can tell from the AGP Instagram and a few posts on the blog, I am a big fan of Sid Mashburn and his team and had been looking to visit their new store in Dallas, so what better chance than to get a good pair of Levi’s and have them tailored by some of the best in the biz.

I did a little research as to the fit of Levi’s and the color of the denim that I wanted, and after talking to a few of the guys at Sid, I decided on the Rigid 501 shrink-to-Fit. I was definitely hesitant with the Shrink-to-Fit process and made that known in the store, but was reassured that no matter how many times I had to wash jeans, I would get a pair that fit.

After trying them on in the store, I took them home to begin the process. Take a look at the before:

Levi's 501 STF (Before)-3

Levi's 501 STF (Before)-1

Levi's 501 STF (Before)-2

They were very baggy and loose fitting but with the Shrink-to-Fit process, will shrink tremendously. I had read a few blogs who had done the process and thought I had a pretty good grasp on it. However, I did the process all wrong. I washed the jeans in the washing machine and was in a hurry for date night with the fiancé and threw them in the dryer.  DO NOT DRY THE JEANS IN THE DRYER! When I pulled them out of the dryer, they had discolored/faded creases, which you can tell in some of the pictures below. I took them to Sid’s to get hemmed up and tapered and luckily most of the creases came out, or were minimized with the press. If you take on the process, I highly recommend following Red Clay Soul’s process that he did a few years back, as he seemed to have better results than I did. Without further adieu here’s the after:


  1. JRS June 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Good work. STF is a tough, but fun process. I’ve got a pair I’m going to work on this summer, as well as soaking some of my selvedge denim. Stay tuned.

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