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  1. Some French motown styled soul - i love the harmonies this group puts together, gets stuck in my head all the time.
  2. Thanks @sven; this new pair I got from the 40s contest. I’m really grateful for this new pair but want to really get my current jeans past the point of utility before switching over, they have a good amount of life left in them and i want to pay my respects as long as they’ve still got it in em. Looking forward to seeing what you think of yours when you get them!
  3. tcb 40s - new vs 1.5 yrs wear
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    Belts

    That’s beautiful! Great spot work.
  5. Hey, it’s better than a dick fade!
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    Denim Repair

    Getting around to some more repairs on my tcb 40s, this time on the front pockets (and soon the left knee, then the back left pocket, for the third time…) I did this repair before going back and reading @julian-wolf’s excellent tutorial on this exact job, using a sewing machine and some clever fabric adhesive. It’s in the middle of page 43 in case anybody wants to go take a look. This is going to be more or less the same process, but by hand and about three months too late, lol. Three months too late in that I’ve basically torn the whole top of the pocket open and have to constantly make a deliberate effort to not drop my keys, lighters, etc down my pant leg and into the top of my boots. Don’t get to this point before doing this repair if you can avoid it! So, a smart thing to do, which Julian properly got around to in his repair, is to start with a curved patch, made by tracing and folding the patch fabric along the contour of the pocket itself. I didn’t do this, I just used a scrap of selvedge fabric from my lovely donor mis-sized Tenders, which are now about 30% reconstituted as patches for other pairs of jeans. The result of using a straight cut of fabric, rather than following the contour of the pocket, will become apparent by the end. I’m using the end of this gold thread which is moderately thick, I’d reckon about the same gauge as what’s used on a lot of our jeans here. The benefit of using a thick thread, besides it being stronger, is you don’t need to double it up - you can just pass the needle through the center of the thread, pull it tight against the base of the needle, and not have to worry about it coming out while working. Starting here with a chainstitch at one end of the patch, just holding the folded edge against the seam here and pushing through the holes made by the existing stitches. Even though I’m technically sewing through 6 layers of denim here, if you get your needle right in the hole made by the existing stitches you shouldn’t have to fight it at all, and it’ll slip straight into the patch fabric on the other side. I’m not sure i’d be up for this repair if it meant wearing my fingers out yanking the needle through all 6 layers every stitch, so working slowly and with precision is really worth it here. Worked my way across now and am going to tuck the end of the thread behind the patch, knot it and start with a new length of thread, once I figure out where to start. The process of patching the bag itself is going to be a lot messier and less precise, mainly because of the options I have for holding the fabric together. I figured since the hole is easier to get at on this side, I’d better start with the jeans right side out and the pocket pulled out, with the seam of the pocket turned over as well. Here’s what that looks like with the patch folded back over: I went at it for a little bit this way, with my left hand working inside the pocket bag to keep it flush against the patch, and my right pushing the needle through in a straight-ish line, zig zagging back and forth through both layers like how you’d do a basting stitch. Saves a lot of time in these sort of situations when you just want to get fabric stuck together and aren’t worried about how it looks. Once I had one row of stitches in, I realized it would be much easier to turn the jeans inside out and keep the pocket right side in - that way I could see the hole in the pocket bag and concentrate my stitching where it would actually matter. If you can’t tell, I’m not much one for day-long denim repairs anymore, especially when this is the first of five patches I’m gonna need to get to. This was about an hour of work and felt about as thorough as I cared to be - given these jeans might not last a whole lot longer anyhow. But who knows. And here’s the finished product seen from the outside. I know, not much to look at, lol, but there’s one important thing to note. Because I didn’t curve my patch panel, the pocket bag and patch pucker inwards inside the pocket. Or, held another way, the pocket itself sits a bit open, rather than flush against the coin pocket as it was originally sewn. Again, I don’t mind this really as these are getting pretty beat up anyway, but I’m going to employ julian’s patch making method for the other pocket and would probably recommend you do too. Thanks for reading!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    @fre-co Damn, ok, good to know, thank you! Guess that’s why they say nothing good comes cheap… even if the best things in life are free… lemme think about that for a minute
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Wow, thanks for the congratulations y’all! I’d really not expected to win anything but am excited to get a new pair of 40s at some point; they’re truly a perfect pair of jeans for me. Maybe a pair in black to change things up a bit. Congrats also to @Yot and @Hopethisoneisnttaken, and to everyone who participated; this was a lot of fun to be involved in. Hope we get to do another contest soon!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Just got these secondhand Lone Wolf Carpenters in, off yahoo Japan for a pretty good price - finally got the sizing down after a couple of failed tries importing boots from Japan. For reference, I’m a us 9 brannock and took a 7.5 in these. They look to have had new soles glued on over the cats paw’s, which I guess I don’t mind, though I’d rather they had been properly resoled. The listing didn’t show any good pictures of the outsole so my fault for assuming they hadn’t been messed with. Also noticed the leather is cracking a bit around the welt - do you all reckon this might cause any issues down the line? Maybe this isn’t why they were properly resoled? Oh well, at least they fit and look good, and were cheap… if I gotta keep gluing new soles down every so often I guess that’s not so bad…
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    @MJF9 yeah they’re the m41101!
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    Sum early textures on these cane’s … 2 washes in. these are gna be good!!!
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    Nice Things

    Here’s a couple of my bigger houseplants: Got this from my boss’s wife while they were moving house - she said it’s about 15 years old. Didn’t bat an eye about saying farewell to it; it had been growing in a dark corner of their kitchen for its entire life. New leaves have been exploding off of it for the past couple months, now that it’s directly under a skylight. The three plants over in the corner are all about a year old and grown from cuttings - they’re doing okay. Over on the other side of my living room ive got a couple more plants - also a year old, but fertilized a bit more and put in better light. I used to carry them into the shower and run warm water over them for a few minutes every other week but now they’re getting a bit unwieldy to pick up. This one makes a new leaf every week or so during its active season, I love the colour of them: Got a few more in other places but the light from outside is too glaring for them to show up in photos. Maybe I’ll try and get some pictures of them later in the evening.
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    WAYWT 2022 [denim edition]

    Tenderloin, vintage shirt, first wear on this @Duke Mantee belt, canes, flat head
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    WAYWT 2022 [denim edition]

    I love the 132 silhouette, one of my all time favourites; going to start on a pair once my old tcbs and new canes are worn out. You wear it perfectly IMO @bartlebyyphonics - high, loose and unconcerned, which might have also been a fitting description of myself as a 22 year old, wearing my original pair of tenders… the one thing I wonder is how the rise feels now, years on… i worry I (and others) have been spoiled by the tcb 40s and other belly-button-obscuring cuts, as is the case when putting on my old tender 129s, something about that mid-rise feels mildly exposed and even restricted…
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    @mlwdp Well, i spilled a little used oil on them on accident and kinda rubbed that in lol… my budget black shoe cream. I’ll prolly get some saphir for when I decide to treat them like the 900 dollar pair of boots they are
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    Belts

    Wow, that hardware is lovely, looks really nice with a simple belt as you’ve done. Great work!
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    WAYWT 2022 [denim edition]

    vintage shirt my friend bleached & screen printed on, tcb, flat head
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Here’s my final submission - I was contestant #110. I’m really grateful for this contest as it was what reminded me what I love about this denim world and this community - I got into it really last minute, mostly out of a need for a new pair of jeans as my last pair were running to rags, but also because I’d missed out on the last two tcb contests and loved how intimate and mutually supportive those contests had been, full of personal updates and such unique results from each of the contestants. Though this contest was a little more sparse as far as personal updates went, I’m really happy to see how many of us gave their pairs consistent wear. I sort of abandoned mine for a good part of the contest, though they had their fair share of fun experiences: moving to New Mexico, renovating a house, rebuilding two trucks, doing a lot of tattooing and painting (somehow only getting a couple of paint splatters and almost no ink on them … cause I learned how to tune my machines properly lol), a good deal of gardening, and a lot of cooking… and they stayed mostly together through all of it! Unfortunately they were down for about 5 months of the contest because I kept putting off repairs, first on the knees, then the seat, then the hems, and now after patching the right rear pocket the left is starting to go also… but i have no plans to let em go yet, they’re probably my favourite jeans I’ve ever had. I’ll stop reminiscing and put up some pictures now. Sort of by accident, one of the knees was patched by hand at first, the other was darned on my sewing machine. I used unwashed scraps from the hems for all of the patches and really like how the fabric puckered a bit as it shrunk against the underlying worn denim. Compared to the left side, which has never given me any problems, I’ve had to make four separate repairs on the hand stitched knee. Pretty clear difference in strength, lol. The hems are getting kinda shredded - not visible in this pic but the creases where they’ve been folded are full of little holes along the back side. The back is where they’ve needed the most attention and what made me set them aside for almost a third of the contest. I darned both sides of the seat and later stitched a patch for the right rear pocket - a bit of the patch fabric can be seen fraying out from the bottom corner where I re stitched the pocket to the leg. Probably gonna have to do the same on the left soon, that hole appeared out of nowhere after their last wash. Here’s the inside - I was lucky to get two indigo dyed pocket bags! They haven’t faded the most dramatically but they’ve held up really well - the wabash is just starting to tear around the pocket opening but otherwise haven’t had any problems. And finally, a couple fit pics: Thanks for looking and sharing everyone, I love seeing everyone’s submissions!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Some early wear on my flat head engineers - cheomexcel scratches up real easy I’m realizing, lol. This is pretty much just from riding my bike around and a couple tire-kickin roadside repairs on my truck, otherwise I’ve been pretty sedentary. I don’t like how the left toe is creasing but feel like there’s not much i can do about it - hopefully it smooths out a bit in the future. About a month of real wear so far & no cleaning or maintenance. As an aside, anyone using any new leather conditioners they’re into? I’m about done with my bottle of saphir and looking to try something new.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    @djungelorm It’s likely it could have been a macaw, parrot or another tropical bird; central New Mexico was a primary trade route for indigenous peoples from as far south as the western Amazon and all the way up to northern British Columbia. Chetro Ketl (in Chaco Canyon natl park) is one of the more important trading centres, where during excavation in the 1930s researchers found whale teeth and parrot feathers, Amazonian clay pottery, and stones / gems / etc, among other artifacts, from pretty much every major geographic region between the two continents. The site was abandoned in the mid 12th century, so would have preceded any written ethnographic study by spanish conquistadors by a few hundred years. But the evidence for this sort of extensive trade and exchange of goods between continents is very well documented. Really cool that you got to visit so many historical sites while you were here!
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    WAYWT 2022 [denim edition]

    More overexposed film from a river walk this morning: vintage / lee / vintage / cane’s-lee / flat head
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    @AlientoyWorkmachine thank you! Yeah, this is probably the last winter road trip I’ll take on a bike with no wind protection My boss at work always brags to me about riding to new mexico from florida on a 400cc honda in the early 70s and i kinda had that in mind setting out on this trip, but people musta been tougher back then or something! and you’re right, the rb filled up like 1/3 of my bag, lol, but it was fun to have something i needed to be so intentional about setting up. It came with a 120 back that needs new light seals but i am considering just shooting sx-70 on it forever; the big wide clear lens combined with the magic of that colour chemistry feels really special to me in the limited time ive used it so far.
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