Aaaaahhhhhhh I'm so excited for this ya'll. A couple times I’ve received feedback that while you guys love to see the garments I make, it would be great if I showed you how to do the same thing at home. So I jumped on the first opportunity to do a DIY jeans series with some simple techniques to turn old jeans in your closet into something that you want to wear again.
Why Jeans? Well, I feel like its one of the easiest garments to manipulate and it's also one of the most wearable items. This particular post will focus on moderately distressed jeans with a couple other minor creative elements you can add to spice up your jean life.
Here's what you'll need to grab:
- Scissors, preferably fabric cutting scissors (but regular scissors can work too)
- Safety pins (color of your choice, I used gold)
- Thumbtack or needle
- Favorite old pair of jeans (Mine are GAP)
STEP 1: MARK YOUR JEANS
Find out where you want your 'rips' or 'holes' to be and mark them. I use a fabric pencil because it's not permanent, but anything that will wash off will be fine. Just don't use pen pleeaasseeee.
When measuring and marking, try the jeans on and measure them accordingly. If you're able to eyeball it that's cool too. Keep in mind, there are a plethora of ways to distress jeans and it all depends on the look you want. For this pair, I wanted more clean lines . I'll explain in a later post, how to get a really distressed look if that's what you're going for.
STEP 2: CUT YOUR JEANS (DON'T BE SCUURRDD)
Once you have your jeans marked, it's time to cut. All you have do is cut a straight line across your jeans wherever you marked them. You can cut them slanted if you want to, if that's what your heart desires lol.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
STEP 3: PULL OUT SOME LOOSE STRINGS & THROW THEM IN THE WASHER
Use your thumbtack or needle and pull thread from inside the rips like so:
After getting the look you want, putt them in the washer and they should naturally rough them up a bit so it doesn't look too clean cut.
STEP 4: ADD SOME FLARE
To create a bit of an edge, I cut out the front pockets. I didn't really have a strategy to this, I just used scissors and cut out the fabric where I saw fit.
I also added some safety pins in where I thought they would be cute. Some in the front pockets where the pockets were and some in the bootay rips.
I highly recommend getting the biggest/longest pins you can find if you want them to stay or else they'll pop-off or you won't have room to move. (I learned the hard way lol)
And vuaaalllaaaa. Brand new jeans at your fingertips.
Not so bad right? Super easy way to spice things up. If you guys try any of these techniques, I wanna see! Tag me on any of my social media.
Up next I will have some tips on how to play with seams and pockets :)