DIY – Distressed Jeans
Whenever I think about distressed jeans, I imagine my Baba saying, “I don’t understand why people would purchase these destroyed clothes!” in her Ukrainian accent. And then I’d have to try to explain about trends…which would lead me to have a flashback to this conversation…
Well, if you are interested in purposefully destroying your clothes, here are a few simple things that you can do:
Find some denim that you’re interested in destroying. (I used an old, thrifted skirt from Express.) Gather any materials from around your house that can damage clothing…cheese graters, knives, scissors, sandpaper, or even that foot scrubber doohickey that’s been collecting dust on the top shelf of your bathroom.
Put the item on and figure out where you’d like to have the damage done…or more importantly, where you do not want the damage done.
Then grate, cut or scrub away. One of my favorite techniques was using a knife to cut slices, then using sandpaper to fuzzy up the edges. I also loved how the one end of the foot brush (see top right picture) destroyed the material.
The final and most important step is to wash and dry (via the dryer) the denim. That process really helps make the denim look distressed.
I really like how my skirt turned out…next I’ll be trying it on a pair of cut-offs. Have you ever distressed jeans before? What kind of technique did you use? It’s a great way to bring some “new life” into the old denim in your closet! (Talk about an oxymoron!)
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