People who have been following me on my Instagram account probably know by now that this entire week I have been fairly occupied with two of my very close friend’s wedding. It was a 5 day affair and I already knew that there would be no photo-shoots happening for the blog, hence I had this piece almost ready by last Wednesday, but things have been crazy busy and now that all the flickers and flutters of the wedding are over and our friends are happily married and all settled, I finally have the chance to publish this post.
I have mentioned in one of my previous posts about my obsession with deconstructing clothes and a lot of people have been asking me for a DIY on revamping wardrobes. I have T-shirts, denims, dresses which are 5-6 years old. Some go as far back as 10 years. No kidding! Has my body been the same for the last 10 years? Haha. Noooo! My body changes shape like a puffer and since discarding old clothes every quarter to fit into new one’s doesn’t sound very realistic or a sane thing to do, I thought just altering my clothes as per my needs would be a better and a more pocket friendly option.
In my last post I promised a tutorial on how to deconstruct a pair of denims, so here it is! 😀 Usually, I use clothes which are either bought and are suffering purgatory in a dim corner of my wardrobe or, it’s just something I want to experiment on, well that’s the whole point of refurbishing. However, this time I am using a pair of denims I picked up from the men’s section, the smallest size of course, for the reason that nothing that I already had in my wardrobe were baggy enough. Plus, when I looked around they seemed a bit inordinate. I bought these jeans about a year ago and as far as I remember it did not cost me more than INR 800-900/- .Thankfully both ripped and boyfriend jeans are still in trend, let’s find out how to make yourself a pair!
Things you’ll need:
- A pair of scissors
- Tailors chalk or highlighter
- Measuring tape
- A pair of loose-fitted jeans
- Turn your jeans inside out.
- If you are petite and have a small body structure like me, the first step would be to mark the length of the denims from your waist down till your ankle (longer if you wish to cuff the bottom) and get rid of the extra fabric.
- Once you have shortened the length, the next thing to do would be to mark the point from where you would start the inseam stitch to give your jeans a tapered look, which basically means the diameter of the bottom. (I kept mine 6″) But this may vary as per your liking, I suggest you measure the bottom-width of any one of your old jeans or around your ankle for a fair idea if you are unsure of the measurement.
- Measure upwards from the bottom to determine where the slant of the taper ends. (Mine was 10″, again, depending on your height the length may vary)
- Use the chalk to mark the placement of the stitch-lines diagonally along the in-seam.
- You might have to stitch all the way up to the crotch depending on the fit. Also, what I usually do is put big stitches the first time just to ensure the jeans fit me well before I run the final stitches, but if you know what you are doing, go right ahead and finish it at one go 😀
- To distress your jeans, use the chalk to draw lines where you want the rip and then draw another line parallel to the first. There are no hard and fast rules to rip denims really. I usually just cut the lines I have marked and tweez out the vertical blue strands of the thread. The outcome of which would look something like this.
This time I tried a different technique, where I just snipped the beginning of the line a little with scissors, and then carefully ripped the rest by pulling them with my fingers to give it a more raw and edgy look.
I have worn this denim in one of my previous posts. Click here to read more.
Below I have curated two looks with the same jeans for you guys, just to show how they can be worn differently on different occasions.
Hope you guys enjoyed the post and found the information useful. If you have any queries, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment.
I’ll be back with another post soon, until then, remember to keep it stylish to the bones!