Tuesday, May 21, 2013

tuesday threads [distressed DIY]

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
i've always liked distressed denim [to the dismay of my grandmother who always wanted to "fix" my ripped jeans. and did once. i was not thrilled] and have owned many a pair that i've purchased already distressed [which i now realize was totally silly]. 

but ever since i saw julie sarinana in these vintage distressed shorts, i felt the bite of the distressed bug and decided to DIY my own. [that's right, i said DIY].

let me start off by saying that i'm so not DIY - i mean, i'm crafty and all, but - it's not really my cup of tea. so, spoiler alert, since i was successful in my distressing mission, you know this is easy-peasy. 

i did a little research on how to distress and all the tutorials had the same basic concept: 

  • get a pair of jeans [to cut into shorts] or shorts, 
  • something sharp to cut with, 
  • some sandpaper, and 
  • have access to a washer/dryer
step 1: get get jeans or shorts. if you get jeans and want them to be shorts, cut them into shorts [i wasn't brave enough for this step]. i went the slacker route and bought a pair of boyfriend shorts from h&m [lighter version seen here] a size bigger than i normally wear [for maximum bagginess]. 



step 2: use your sharp object [i opted for kitchen scissors] to make horizontal cuts in the shorts wherever you want them to be distressed. i did 2 sets of cuts on either side, making roughly 4 cuts per "section".



step 3: cut the pocket seams to help them fray. don't forget the back pockets! this particular pair was cuffed, so i cut the seam and uncuffed them.

step 4:  rub your seams and cuts with sandpaper. you don't have to go all crazy with this because the washer does most of your fraying for you.



step 5: throw those bad-boys in the washer. i threw mine in for 10 minutes and then let them air dry overnight [which didn't totally dry them, so i threw them in the dryer for 10 minutes that did the trick and doesn't mess up the fraying at all.] you should see the finished product when they come out of the washer and can make any necessary snips with your scissors if needed.

the finished product!



[and this is how i wore them]



pretty easy right? i think i'll be distressing a lot more stuff. [watch out, jeans, watch out!]



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9 comments:

  1. Cute. Jean shorts are the best!

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    1. i have a feeling i'll be wearing them a lot this summer!

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  2. I have to be honest here at first I though oh, how awful .. but .. OMG the shorts totally look good on !!

    Love 'em .. great DIY!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. right? it's like magic. with scissors!

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  3. They turned out really good!! I've distressed my own shorts before but not in this way. Might have to try it sometime! You look gorgeous, by the way. =)
    ~Callie
    www.creationsbycallie.com

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    1. definitely give it a shot - it's natalie-proof so it's easy-peasy! thanks for stopping by!

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  4. They look great on you! Very impressive DIY-ing :)

    -Emily
    www.herphilly.com

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    1. thanks girl! i'm trying to branch out, haha!

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  5. Congrats on your craftiness. Love your puppy participating in the background there!

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