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  1. chicote

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Fast fading on mine too! Though I’ve also worn them every day and dragged my knees across most surfaces in this warehouse in that time
  2. chicote

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    I’m working both jobs today and don’t know when I’ll have time to get the paper OR take proper fit photos so y’all will have to trust that I took this just now
  3. Here’s some things I listened to today as i try to get my van ready for a trip to the coast.. an inadvertently sea-themed triptych
  4. chicote

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    really envious of some people's super baggy fits .. @tongtommy @Mustacchio @Kylito .. makes me wish i'd gone up 2 sizes to 31!
  5. chicote

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    I got mine in this morning and just pulled them out of the dryer - didn't see everyone was having trouble with measurements until a second ago, lol. So here are mine for size 30 raw post-hot wash and tumble dry: Waist 14.5" Front rise 13.25" Thigh 10.75" Knee 9" Hem 8.5" Inseam (hemmed at 31") 29" Seems pretty manageable to me! I'm sorry to hear everyone has been having more significant problems with shrinkage but from what I can tell it doesn't seem these shrink a whole lot - at least judging by only 2" loss in the inseam.
  6. chicote

    Evisu is still loved!

    I machine dry most of the time as it’s usually too cold & humid for things to air dry properly here. They have also gotten washed pretty frequently, every week or two. Dryer is set to high but who knows, it never really finishes drying anything!
  7. chicote

    Evisu is still loved!

    No. 1 2000
  8. Tender 129, probably close to 2 years wear. Knees are permanently stained with motor oil lol
  9. chicote

    Denim Repair

    I started blowing a hole in the back pocket of my tenders and thought I’d document the repair process using the technique I shared last week! im getting rid of my smartphone in a few days, which is the cause of all my pocket blowouts, so hopefully this will be the last time this is necessary. Hole in the bottom of the left pocket there - I’ve had to repair pretty much all the stitching in this area over the past few months as you might be able to tell. Here’s the pocket after unpicking the stitching! The lining has stayed pretty well intact. I love seeing the original colour of the denim in these sorts of spots. The original ecru thread (on left) picked up quite a bit of indigo dye over the years so I chose a 100% cotton thread that sort of matched the colour. My camera sucks but it looks close enough to me lol Stitching over the hole - down following the twill, two stitches down the warp, then back up the twill and repeat! This is a super easy technique because you just line up the machine foot with each line in the fabric and try to sew as straight as possible. I’m not very good at sewing perfectly straight lines but it helps a lot to have these as a guide. After going over the hole I went over everything again, moving one warp thread over so the pattern overlaps. This is from my single needle chain stitch machine which has a bit of a faulty tensioner, hence the loose stitches at the end of each line. Doesn’t look too good, but so far I haven’t had one break on me! And here’s everything closed up and sewn back together. Like I said before, if you match the colour of the fabric (ideally with an indigo dyed thread) this repair can be pretty well invisible. I hope this is helpful to you all - it’s about the easiest machine repair I’ve ever done and always gives nice strong results!
  10. chicote

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Tell me if I’m wrong, but I worry the naming of the art plus the association with those red boots might narrow things down a little too much to maintain anonymity...
  11. chicote

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    In Seattle there are loads of commercials on the tv and radio from self-congratulatory realtors and car dealership execs announcing their new “generous” interest rates on car and home payments in wake of covid - an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one! They’re set up to sound like interviews with the radio hosts instead of ads, and both sides really play up the temporality of the deals. I’m not anywhere near the income bracket to be able to afford a new car, but I know some folks who are making a little bit more than me - or even folks who just got a few extra thousand dollars from unemployment - who are doing the work to try to squeeze those kinds of investments in. My manager, for example, just bought a home with less than $4,000 down, which is unheard of in Seattle, where the cheapest homes I ever see for sale start around $200k. I get that these industries are trying to incentivize buyers and shore up their sales but the tactics lenders are employing rn are eerily similar to what they were doing leading up to the crash in ‘08.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Not nearly in the same caliber as you all, but I’ve been driving & restoring this 77 f150 for the past few months, just rebuilt the gearbox and transfer case last week and on to the brakes next!
  13. chicote

    Denim Repair

    For sure, it’s worth a try! Even if the stitches aren’t lined up exactly, it doesn’t effect the integrity of the patch. One thing I would say is to avoid future repairs, do a good stretch test around where the holes are and make your patch 3-4cm past the end of the compromised fabric. The edges of the patch will wear on those weak points and you may end up having to make a new patch again. Case in point with my sugar canes, which I patched the knee of about a month and two washes ago: All the fraying at the top and bottom was thin but solid fabric at the time of the patch! What a waste of time
  14. chicote

    Denim Repair

    You can totally darn those! I’ll show you my technique real quick: Unpick the side seam, slip a patch underneath, and then sew “N”-shaped zigzags over the whole thing, following the direction of the warp on the edges and sitting in the valleys of the twill on the diagonal. If you’re able to find a light-blue thread (this was some old silk blend I got at an estate sale, but it does the trick!) the patch goes on super strong and is practically invisible! Here’s it from the back:
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