HOW TO: DISTRESS DENIM

5.07.2015


For today's DIY, I am going to show you how I cut, distress and cuff my jean shorts. I still quite experimenting with distressing jeans (my pants were such a fail) but in this tutorial, I am quite satisfied with the results. 

D I S T R E S S I N G



Step 1:
Get any writing materials, wear the shorts and mark wear you want to cut it. Make sure the you mark the back side longer than the front side. 


Step 2:
Now go ahead get your scissors and cut the hem. I don't usually wear super short shorts but I made this DIY days before we went to the beach. I am still going to wear this but with some kind of tights. 


Step 3:
Know where you want to add the distress design (don't distress anywhere near the fanny part though haha). Make sure to cut in different widths, we have to make it look quite natural. We are distressing it so there's no need to make it look clean by cutting it with the same width.


Step 4 & 5:
Also, cut random vertical lines on the hem line, then go ahead sand paper the part of the jeans where you want to distress it (the horizontal cuts and the vertical cuts on the hem line), no need to go hard on the sanding because it will distress it easily. I skipped the pulling-the-blue-strands-of-jeans-with-a-tweezers step because I still want  to give it a naturally-distressed look (if that made scenes *confused face emojisss*). In step 5, what I did is that I threw the jeans in the washing machine and washed it. The threads went loose naturally and it destroyed it more but in a good kind of way. 


C U F F I N G


Step 1 & 2: 
Wear your jeans and cuff then until you are satisfied with the length of the shorts, remove them carefully. For me, I like to sew some points on the cuffed area because when I walk (which is a lot) the cuffs tend to unfold. (duh, non-existent thigh gaps probzzz) 


F I N I S H E D  P R O D U C T S


The first white pair of shorts are extremely high waisted hence explains why it is still long. The second white pair and the blue denim pair are have been machine washed already hence explains why it looked more  distress. I did not use tweezers to remove the blue strings, the washing machine did all the work. 
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