Do you love the look of distressed jeans, but find it painful to cough up $250+ for the right pair? It is easier than you think to create the look yourself. Most of us have a pair of jeans in our closet that are just sitting there. We don't part with them, but we don't wear them because they are boring or dated. A little distressing can take an old pair of jeans and make them new again. And yes, I get the irony in that statement. Below is my step-by-step process, and it is so easy!
Above are the tools of the trade.
1. Razor blade
2. Very rough sand paper
3. Water-erasable pen (can be purchase at any fabric/crafting store)
4. A block of wood
Step one - Put on the jeans, and with your knees bent, mark the top and bottom of the area you want to distress.
Step two - Once you take the jeans off, put the block of wood inside the jeans and under the area you plan to distress.
Step three - Use the sand paper and/or razor blade to distress the area. Keep in mind, this will take a little elbow grease! The sand paper will create a look with the white threads going through the distressing, while the razor blade will make a clean cut. If you choose to make any cuts with the razor blade, go back over them with the sand paper to fray the edges.
Step four - Wash the jeans, and repeat the process in any area needed. You will also want to trim some of the white threads after washing.
I've had this pair of Rag & Bone jeans for a while, but I never seemed to wear them. One night, while catching up on Empire, I gave distressing a try, and now I love them! I did a combination of sand paper and cuts with the razor blade. I also chose to cut the hems to crop these jeans just a little. Then I used the sand paper to fray the edges. I also added some distressing on the thighs and on areas that wear naturally (i.e. the edges of the pockets).
The finished product!
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