HOW TO UPDATE YOUR AVERAGE JEANS…DIY STYLE
I hope you all had a wonderful easter weekend, our was filled with family, feasts and chocolate…what could be better?
If you have been flipping through any fashion magazine you have noticed the frayed denim trend (last seen here) is everywhere. Who needs a tailor when you can ‘alter’ your own jeans, and it honestly couldn’t be any easier…I have zero sewing skills.
I am going to show you two DIY hems, the drop down hem and the high low hem. You will need a few supplies; a seam ripper, sharp scissors, a sanding block, a tape measure and a pair of straight leg or skinny jeans (and of course a chai latte).
HEM NUMBER ONE: THE DROP DOWN
The drop down hem is so simple and will totally update your denim game, the designer version of these cost a small fortune.
This hem works best with a pair of cropped jeans…take the seam ripper and literally just pull the stitches out around the perimeter, it takes a little tugging but you will be through the entire hem in a couple minutes.
When you get to the side seam rip it up a little bit for a cool undone look.
Once the hem is all let down, use your sanding block and rub the edges until you get the desired amount of ‘fray’, then grab the iron and give it a good press.
Presto you are done, above is the before and after. Pretty cool, right?
HEM NUMBER TWO: THE HIGH LOW
This hem works well for full length jeans, I think they look best a couple inches above the ankle…then your shoes can really capture the spotlight.
Measure to the desired length and draw a line with a pencil and cut the front half only (since you want the back to be longer).
Repeat the same on the longer back half, use the seam ripper and sanding block to get the desired ‘fray’. Now be careful and don’t make the same mistake I made, in my excitement to finish my jeans I didn’t realize one of the legs was twisted and I ended up with one leg that is ‘high low’ and one that is ‘low high’…aren’t I a total brainiac??? I swear to you I graduated with honours…lol!
I have no choice to but to leave them this way and hope it comes off very ‘fashiony’ and not very ‘amateury’…what do you think?
I am also thinking of trying a very large fray on the sleeves of a denim jacket, I will let you know how that works out.
Happy Monday and thanks so much for stopping by.
Your friend in fashion…amy.