Friday, October 10, 2014

DIY: Ripped/Distressed jeans

Ripped  jeans are very trendy this season but sometime, they can be a little overpriced. I'm not gonna pay sixty dollars for a pair jeans with a single rip on the knee, that's just insane. I hightly suggest you to use an old pair of jeans - or buy a cheap pair - and rip them yourself. This way, the rips will be at the right places and we cost you a fraction of the price.


What you need 

  • A white coloring pencil
  • A pair of scisors
  • A nail file or sandpaper
  • A paior of old jeans 

How to do it

  1. Put your jeans on and trace a line where you want the rips to be. Don't worry, the white or the pencil will wash off in the washer. Make sure to trace the line on top of your knee and not directly on it because the rip will break at some point if you do that and make a huge hole/mess. 
  2. Once the hole is done, use the nail file toloosen some strands of the fabric to make it look like it's been worn out. (You can also use the side of the scisors but it's more risky to stab yourself by doing that, lol.)



Some people still confounds ripped jeans and distressed jeans. They are not the same thing. A pair of ripped jeans have an actual hole whilst teh distressed jeans don't. They still have strings hanging on the jeans. Here's how to distress a pair of jeans


What you need

  • A white coloring pencil
  • Scisors
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A pair of old jeans

How to do it

  1. Put your jeans on and trace a line on the places where you want your distressing to start and end. If you want it to be larger or smaller in some places, you have to trace a line there too. 
  2. Take you jeans off and place them on a straight surface. With the scisors, cut on the lines you made to make inscisions in the fabric. Make sure to cut the line as straight as possible to not cut the horisontal strands.
  3. With the pair of tweezers, pull on the vertical strands and take them off. It takes some time but you need to be patient to distress a pair of jeans. Once allthe vertical strands are off, you are done.