How To Stretch Your Jeans!
Stretching jeans is something that we all may have to do at some point in our denim lives. I myself have stretched out a lot of my jeans over the years and it’s definitely something that can be done quite easily. There are a few ways to do it, which I have listed below, but the best way (in my opinion) is by making the jeans wet.
Wet Stretching Jeans:
Whether your jeans are too small all over, or just too small in certain areas (the thighs, waist, butt etc), wet stretching will work. It’s very simple and very easy to do, it just requires patience and tolerance. There have been times where I have bought a pair of jeans and they have been too small and a bigger size was not available, so the only answer was stretching them out. It’s a simple 3 step process of water, wearing and stretching.
What you need to do is make the jeans damp, either all over, or very damp in the areas you need stretched. This is easy to do, just put water on them from the tap or you can give them a good soak with water in a spray bottle. I find warm water is better because it’s not such a shock to your skin. I don’t think anyone would really like walking/sitting around in cold and wet jeans.
After you have made your jeans wet, put them on. You will need to wear them around a lot, do lunges and squats, anything you can do to make the denim stretch. I must admit, to an outsider, the poses and techniques would look very weird! But it works. Obviously, if you have a delicate denim which is quite thin, be very careful when doing the lunges and squats, you don’t want to rip the fabric. If you want the waist stretched out, you can pull at it and tug it a lot when it’s wet, also, I used to put other items like small bottles or anything I could fit in between the waist of my jeans and my hips, this would help it stretch out more.
This method works the best when you have 100% cotton jeans or a mix of cotton/elastane jeans. It can be quite tricky to do this with poly blends and other different materials. You should leave your jeans on you, after all the stretching, until they dry. This will ensure that the denim will dry around your body instead of shrinking and drying when it’s off your body. Once you take them off you should have some luck with them being bigger than they were before you started.
Stretching Jeans With A Waistband Extender:
This is another, non wearing, way of stretching the waist of your jeans. You can buy something called a waistband stretcher and position it in the waistband of your jeans and leave it for a good while. It should stretch it out quite a bit. I haven’t personally tried this method, but I have used my own invention. I used a trouser hanger for a waistband stretcher. I slid the clips to each end, positioned it inside the waist of the jeans and then buttoned them up around it. You could see a lot of pulling, meaning it was stretched around it quite tight. I found that wetting the waistband helped even more though, wet denim just stretches so well.
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