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Sunday, 13 March 2016

DIY: DISTRESSED SKINNY JEANS


I thought I'd create a quick DIY project for that pair of jeans that could do with a new lease of life. If you're like me, I tend to get bored of certain pieces or replace them, and never know what to do with the old one. I've been searching for a pair or ripped jeans for a while, but they're either too ripped or not the fit I'm after. Solution - make my own!

You can go as distressed or minimal as you like as it really is down to your own preference and style. If you don't have an old pair but want to give it a go, head to your nearest charity or thrift shop and pick up a pair. 

YOU'LL NEED:
A Pair of Jeans, Scissors, A Disposable Razor, Comb or Brush and a Magazine.



STEP 1. FIND WHERE YOU WANT THE DISTRESSING.
If you're unsure, put them on and mark where they sit on the knee. Think about where they would naturally get distressed or have signs of wear as this will make the distressing look natural and if it has happened through wear. 



STEP 2. PREP THE DISTRESSED AREAS.
Use the razor to to begin wearing down the knees. This will soften the denim and give a worn look to the area around where the rips will go. It'll blend the overall look and stop it from looking brand new. I recommend putting a magazine underneath to protect whatever you're leaning on.



STEP 3. BEGIN CUTTING THE JEANS.
Use the scissors to make a cut along the knee area. I found this easiest by folding the jeans and cutting into the fold. The cut should measure about 2-3 inches. Make sure you only cut the front layer and don't go all the way through. 



STEP 4. GET DISTRESSING.
Once you've made the cuts in the jeans, make the holes bigger by hand. Tear into the denim as this will start fraying the edges and make the whole thing look more natural. it also gives you control over how big you want the rips. Use your razor on the edges as this will start distressing the jeans and get rid of any straight, scissor lines.



STEP 5. ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS.
Use your comb or hair brush to pull out the threads and fray the edges. This is a really easy and fast way to get results. You can do this as much or as little as you like as the result is really down to personal taste. You can also run a razor and comb over the tops of the pockets or hems if you want to go a bit further and give your pair an overall distressed look.



STEP 6. STYLE THEM OUT
Repeat the previous steps on the other side and pop them in the wash once you're done. This gives the jeans a final distress and gets rid of any loose threads or bobbles before you pop them on. Team them up with a tee and leather jacket or plaid shirt for a casual everyday look. The overall appearance gets better with wear and is a brilliant way to renew an old pair of jeans.




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