DIY | Distressed Denim

8.26.2012
I have been a denim lover practically my whole life. As a child, I lived in my Jordache and Guess jeans, and as I've grown older I've come to appreciate denim in a whole new light. It really has become my favorite canvas and I love that with different treatments and techniques, it can become something very new and fresh. When Vogue Girl Korea contacted me to collaborate on a DIY with them, I thought teaching everyone the basics of distressing denim would be a a perfect tutorial. It allows everyone to revamp an old pair of jeans and give it a personal touch. Full tutorial after the break...

Materials:
- denim jeans
- sandpaper
- utility knife
- tweezers
- cardboard

 Steps:
1. Rub sandpaper several times over the area you would like to add distressing to.
2. Cut straight horizontal slits into the denim about 1/2" apart to the front side of the denim in areas where you rubbed sandpaper on. (Tip: Add a piece of cardboard inside the pant leg of where you are cutting to prevent cutting through to the backside of the jean). Once you have a layout that you like, throw the denim into the washing machine using cold water. Then, fully dry in the dryer.
3. Once it is out of the dryer, you can make the distressing look a little more natural. Using the tweezers, in areas where you cut slits, pull the indigo fibers, leaving the white horizontal fibers.

19 comments:

Shanaya Sinner said...

Amazing Tutorial !
would surely try this.. :D
xoxo <3
http://littlemisssinner.blogspot.in/

Steffani Louise said...

love these so much, i need to do this with my jeans so bad xx

Mandy Crandell said...

Awesome! Now, this is my kind of look.

http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

Michelleesque said...

Not only do I love the tutorial, but I love how you styled your distressed jeans! Congrats on the amazing opportunity to collab with the magazine!

Michelle
www.michelleesque.com

nicola lynde said...

These are great. I love the overall look, with the thick menswear inspired belt and military coat.

THE STEL STYLE said...

i like your style!!!

http://thestelstyle.com/

Amanda {feast.fashion.faves} said...

well you sure know how to rock denim no matter what!! Love the distressing tutorial! THANKS!

<3Amanda
feast.fashion.faves

Théa Unknown said...

Love this outfit!



Théa Unknown
http://theaisunknown.blogspot.fr/

AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog said...

They look great!!

Léa illustration said...

I love your blog!!! Thanks for all your creation!!! You're a genius !!!!!
X.O.X.O Léa made in switzerland

Crystal said...

Thank you for inspiring. You're featured on 365Hangers.com's blog, I hope you can visit! x

http://www.365hangers.com/all/blog-love-aimee-of-swellmayde/

x, crystal
crystal dots.

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jen said...

awesome feature!

Anonymous said...

so cool! looks great!

Nororre nororre said...

great
I do it!!

thanks

http://www.passionnanteetpassionnee.com/

TheJourney said...

Great tutorial. The jeans look store bought.

http://lifehumanjourney.blogspot.com

LQ @Obsessionism said...

Nice boyfriend inspired outfit! The denim looks good girl.

Eat.Style.Play said...

Just seeing your link back to this, I have all these things in my house! def trying them soon!

Katie said...

Such a great demo and outfit all together! I want to wear these womens sandals I just got with a similar outfit!! So cute!

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