DIY: Distressed Denim
My first attempt at an official Do It Yourself today! If you check back a couple posts, you will read about my love for
distressed denim. The thing is: some
people have a hard time shelling out money for jeans that are, well, destroyed. So I came up with a solution for you: make
your own! I dug into the back of my
closet and found a pair of old Abercrombie jeans. Instead of adding them to the clothing
donation pile, I turned them into a pair that I will wear again and again this
season. Here is how you can do the same!
Materials Needed to distress your denim:
Scisssors or a box cutter
Piece of wood
Step 1: Using a piece of chalk (all I could find was
sidewalk chalk in my house!), draw a rough design of where you would like the
add holes and rips. I like putting a
hole on the back pocket and the front pocket too. This is where YOU can decide how distressed you
want your jeans to be. Some people like
a little, some people like a lot! Try
them on and double check you like them before the next step.
Step 2: Place the piece of wood into the pant leg you want
to distress. This will give you good
support and make it easier slice through the fabric. It also prevents you going through to the
back of the pant!
Step 3: Using a box cutter will give you an easy, clean looking cut. If you use scissors you will have to continuously run the blade over the fabric until holes start to appear. Do not use the scissors to cut the fabric. I liked the look of using the scissors better, although it takes longer. Try some different techniques, the denim looks great when you don’t cut all the way through (see photo).
Step 4: After doing the same to the other side of the pant,
step back and see if you need to add any more.
This is where I added some smaller distressing in a few places or over
top of my “cleaner” looking cuts.
Step 5: Wash AND dry your jeans. This helps fray the fabric. Your jeans
will look more distressed every subsequent time you wash them. If they start getting too frayed, you can always
use a garment bag and hang them to dry.
Voila! You’ve turned your once drab jeans into fab jeans again!
Now for the rest of the look: (this was a tough one because I chose some styles that are from last season)
Shirt: Express (last season) but I love this one even more! / Jewels: Bardot Spiral Bangle in Gold and Naomi Cluster Earrings (my absolute fave for this season) / Cardigan: (last season from Papillon @ Calgary’s Luna Blue) but this one from ModCloth is very similar! / Shoes: Love these D’Orsay flats Nails: Jamberry / Sweet Whimsy and Teal Mini-Polka