Sanforizing means pre-shrinking a fabric. Nearly all types of fabrics, including cotton, are sanforized before they are sewn into garments. After the fabric is created on the loom the entire fabric is steamed, stretched, and shrunk over and over again. This is done so that the fabric does not shrink after it is cut into its pattern pieces and put into the production process and of course also to prevent it from shrinking after the buyer washes it at home. Raw denim is usually 100% cotton and cotton is known to have a high shrinkage rate. Therefore it is very important for you to know if your denims have been sanforized or pre-shrunk so that you can understand what size to get. Now, If it HAS been preshrunk, it is best that you purchase a length and width that fits you exactly. If it hasn’t then it is best to purchase a style that is a bit longer in length and is a slightly more relaxed fit. That way when you wash them they have some extra room to shrink in closer to your body shape, resulting in a better fit.


Dry Denim

Dry denim and selvage denim are not the same. A pair of selvage denims can be dry or can some finishing. Dry denim means raw denim that has not been washed or treated after the dyeing process. It is usually stiff, harsh, and feels uncomfortable at first, but once you know how to manage them and you’re willing to put in a bit of time, dry denims can actually end up being your second skin.  There are a lot of ideas on how to breaking in dry denims and there are a lot of arguments from hardcore dry denim lovers.
One opinion, which may sound extreme is that you wear your jeans and soak yourself in a tub of warm water wearing your dry denims. Then allow the denims to dry while you wear them. What this does is that, this allows the denims to stretch and shrink around your body in the right places as it dries, giving you an exact fit. To supplement this step, you’ll still need to wear them frequently to break in the shape and form the creases in the right places. many a times, people won’t wash their denims for periods of time, which helps with shape memory in the fabric.
So next time you touch a pair of denims and it seems like cardboard, think of it like a blank canvas, ready for your art. Also remember every crease, wrinkle, and patch will be made by you and therefore extremely exclusive. Dry denims are not for everyone. If its just for weekends and social holidays, in all probabilities, you will not have the patience to break into your denims. You will be better off purchasing denims that have been pre-treated with softeners and other wash finishes. Dry denims require time, patience and attention which only obsessive wearers and connoisseurs can provide.



The weight of denim is measured in ounces, not pounds, there are a few common weights regarding denims. One general rule which is commonly followed is that the heavier the fabric the longer it will last and harder it is to break into them as they will be stiffer than the lighter ones. The lightest is anything under 12 OZ, medium is from 12–16 OZ, and heavy is anything over 16 OZ, usually 20 OZ.