DIY | MARC JACOBS INSPIRED DISTRESSED POLKA DOT DENIM

2.24.2013
I am a denim fanatic and am always on the lookout for great new styles to add to my wardrobe.  When I saw this adorable pair by Marc Jacobs, I knew what my next DIY would be.  I love that he used a light washed denim with distressing; it is such a fun and refreshing take on polka dots.  Full tutorial after the break...
(Outfit: Zara top, Target x Prabal Gurung Heels)

Materials:
- Mossimo distressed denim (here)
- 3/4" circle sponge brush (here)
- Tulip fabric paint (here)
- paper plate
- ruler

 Steps:
1. Add about one tbsp of water to 3 tbsp of white fabric paint on a paper plate.  I chose to water the paint down a bit to match the look of the washed out denim.
2. Mix the paint and water together and dip your circle sponge brush into the paint mixture.
3. Press the circle sponge brush onto the denim. I painted the first dot at the front side of the denim, near the belt loops.
4. Measure the next line of polka dots. Mine are about 3" apart horizontally and 1 1/2" apart vertically.
5. Continue to paint the dots all over the front side. Let dry for a couple hours, then paint the back side. Let fully dry. It is important to set the fabric paint, if you plan on washing the jeans later. Once the dots are fully dry, set the iron on medium and run across the front and back side of the pant a couple times. Remember to constantly move the iron, and not to use steam.

And my friend, Kelly also has an amazing tutorial on colored polka dot jeans.  Check it out: here.

34 comments:

anzouya said...

I'm sooo going to make this one! Thanks for the tutorial! Love your outfit too. :-)

Mandy Crandell said...

Super cute!

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Elle said...

Love this idea! :)
xx Elle
http://www.talonsetbonbons.com/

Rin Gomura said...

Waoh, looks just like the original MJ one. I like your shoes too, I'm digging neon yellow for spring this year!
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Jenny said...

I love your sunglasses too! Where is it from?

Aimee S. said...

 Thanks doll! I would love to see! :)

Aimee S. said...

 Aw... thank you!

Aimee S. said...

 Thanks lovie!

Aimee S. said...

 They are the Lanvin Wayshiners, from a couple years back. :)

Charlotte said...

Fantastic DIY! Looks like a dead on dupe of the marc jacob pants! Love the heels as well.

Charlotte
www.deconstrut.blogspot.ca

Heather said...

OMG i came across those Marc Jacob jeans and have been obsessing over them. I got the idea to DIY a pair and googled to see who else has...and came across this! yours came out FAB! they look like the real deal. You are def. my motivation to DIY a pair myself! 

I'm also loving your blog! <3
heather
fashionistanygirl.com

Tania said...

Wow I've been loving polka dot jeans but it hasn't occurred to me to make my own!  Love how you styled them too!  I want those Target X Prabal Gurung heels so bad!

Meghan Elizabeth said...

wow it's paint! I am very impressed :)

Meghan Haskell said...

This is a great idea. I am going to try this with an old cardigan that is in great shape, but I'm just sick of wearing it as is.

Loretta Vandivier said...

This is such a cool tutorial! I am going to try it.

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Regina said...

Love your shoes so fun!

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Eat.Style.Play said...

This is such a great idea! this looks easy enough for me to do without messing up anything haha. Now I have to rip the jeans because I want that same effect on mine. 

yanksgurl613 said...

these are so cute! great idea thanks for sharing this diy! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

Aimee S. said...

 Thanks love!

Aimee S. said...

 Thank you dear!  I hope you can get lucky and find them at a Target near you.

Aimee S. said...

 Awww... thank you!

Aimee S. said...

 Such a great idea!  I would love to see when you're done and try to add you to the next reader's appreciation post. :)

Aimee S. said...

 Thank you lovie!

Aimee S. said...

 Thank you doll!  I love the bright color!

Rinchen Dé said...

love that the Polka dots are subtle, fun DIY Aimee!

Aimee S. said...

 Thank you! I also have a tutorial on how to add distressing to your jeans here: http://www.swellmayde.com/2012/08/diy-distressed-denim.html

Aimee S. said...

You are so sweet! Thank you!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

Very cute jeans (good idea to water-down the paint) and LOVE the heals on ya!

nicola lynde said...

So much fun and identical to the MJ ones! Nice. 

Vivi N said...

Um...this is a phenomenal idea! And you saved yourself money from buying already made polka dot jeans. Yours look really professional. Love.

Miu Miu said...

Love your jeans!!!

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racheeng said...

This is so awesome! First up, find the perfect shade of jeans & D.I.Y (:

racheeng
http://racheeng.wordpress.com

Harriet Aspden said...

I will definately be trying this, what a fab idea! And really they are just target jeans? They look amazing!! You have a new follower in me! harrietdaisy.blogspot.com

thebrazenskirt said...

Girl!!! That's a great idea...I've been searching high and low for a budget friendly version of these jeans! Rock on!

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