Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekend DIY: Distressed Denim for Spring

Photos from Pinterest
Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Sean and I visited Connecticut to spend time with my parents and celebrate a friend's birthday. It was a ton of fun, but it's a sleepy start to the week. I did have some time to do two quick denim DIY's Sunday evening that are so easy I couldn't help but share. My mom brightened up an old pair of white jeans for me, and I wanted to make them even more on-trend by adding the popular barely-there knee slit. I also wanted to update a pair of vintage jeans that weren't quite hitting at the right length to a more stylish angle cut. I'll walk you through both of the projects—which took about 15 minutes total. All you need are the pants, some pins and scissors. 
For the ripped-knee jeans, start by trying them on and pinching where they bunch right below the knee. Line up the heights, and pin a small fold in place. Take them off—carefully—and cut a straight line along that fold, starting and finishing about a half-inch from the edges.
That's it! Remove the pins, and you have a pair of every-so-slightly ripped jeans that you can really only see when you walk or sit down (so if you work in a casual office like me, you can get away with wearing them on a weekday).
Monti says, "Good job, Mom!" Next, for the cut-off jeans, try them on and cuff up to the length you want. Mine were stiff enough that I didn't need to pin them, but pin in place if necessary. I took them back off and adjusted slightly to make sure they were even. Make sure the fold is crisp (you can also iron in place). Then, just as before, cut along the crease. To start, make a micro-fold upon the crease in the opposite direction and cut a small slit, so that you are just making a cut on the line and not a huge hole. Then, same as before, cut along the crease, being careful not to get off track across the seams. 
Done and done! Keep your eyes peeled here for how I style my old new jeans. 

7 comments:

  1. Love this denim style! The white jeans look cool with the knee open :)
    xxx
    www.travelera.es

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  2. great idea!! And it saves you from having to get them hemmed ;)

    Mara
    M Loves M

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  3. Nice post! :)
    I tried it on my jeans, too.
    Have a nice Monday. :)

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  4. Great post :)
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