Hey everyone! So it’s time that I have to get something off my chest– I am a serious jean addict. There is just something about the right pair of jeans that hug in all the right places that make you feel like strutting the streets in style and confidence! One trend I’ve been seeing lately in the denim category is the distressed black skinny jean and as soon as I saw them, I went on a HUNT for the perfect pair. After a days worth of energy in a huge mall, I failed to find my ideal distressed skinnies anywhere. (Or a pair that fell into a reasonable price range…) So, the plan became to DIY myself a pair! Follow my steps to creating your perfect DIY distressed denim!
So here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Pair of any jeans you want to rough up a bit! One brand I know fits me like a glove, and is cheap for a DIY project is from H&M. I highly recommend them!
- An old razor
- A box cutter or sturdy blade
- Scissors – preferably fabric ones that will slice through denim nice & smoothly!
- Cardboard or something to block the blade from cutting through to the opposite side of the jeans.
Step 1: Insert cardboard into a leg of the jeans!
Step 2: Get slicing! (CAREFULLY with those fingers please!) Take your blade and start ripping in a line across where you want the distress to start. It shouldn’t be a cookie-cutter perfect line, we want them to look roughed up!
- As you are slicing, make the next cut about 1/2 an inch (or however wide you want the rip to be) right below the first line. And so on…until you are happy with the amount and size for distressing.
Step 3: Take your scissors and cut through the rough lines you made, so all the threads are broken and you are left with strips of fabric.
Step 4: Look closely at the strips of fabric. You’ll notice there are vertical threads and horizontal ones weaved together. Your goal here is to keep as many of the horizontal threads in tact, while removing and plucking out the vertical ones. If you are using a blue jean, the horizontal threads are more likely than not always white and the vertical ones are blue!
- Before you go and rip up every one of the strips you cut, KEEP some of them as they are! They will distress naturally and keep some structure to the leg.
- Take your tweezer and begin by pulling up one or two vertical threads at a time.
- You’ll begin to be able to yank out a bunch at a time and be left with the horizontal threads only.
- Here is what your fabric will start to look like once you get moving on those vertical threads! Be patient, that perfect distressing is worth your time, I promise.
After completing one leg, this is my result. (Above) I left a few strips of fabric still in tact beneath the ones I tore up as I mentioned before. I prefer a little structure, It says I’m down and dirty when I need to be, but I’m still a lady and I have my shit together… 😛 Effortless style is hard to achieve! Take your time in perfecting each leg the way you are most happy with!
Step 5: After you have sliced up the legs and any major areas of the jeans, go in and take your old razor and scrape away at some smaller areas. I like to add this around the back pockets and the front pocket areas! It will lighten the cotton and you can always go back in and scrape some more roughness with the big blade.
Step 6: Although your jeans are already looking amazing, they will really pull together if you throw them through your washing machine TWICE. Wash them, dry them. Then wash and dry again. This helps to naturally tumble up the fabric and give that polished distressed softness we all are seeking!
Step 7: Rock the hell outta your new personalized jeans!
I hope you all enjoyed this DIY project! I personally am thrilled with my results and I’m sure you will be too! Any questions? Let me know via comment or email! firstname.lastname@example.org.