Here is a video that Azalea created to show how to DIY a pair of raw jeans. Being a raw denim fan, I guess I was on the fence about this one like most people would be, is it cheating? A lot of people say that using sand paper and bleach etc to fade and make your raw jeans look worn is definitely cheating, you are supposed to wear them for a long time until they mold and form to your body shape which will then create all the fades and rips. I know first hand that this takes a really long time and a lot of perseverance so it’s not for everyone.
I came to the conclusion that I actually think this video is good, purely because he’s not distressing and fading them to look like he wore them out, he’s created bleach splashes as well as an overall fade and even put circles on them. Plus, he waxed them. You can’t get that appearance on raw denim just by wearing them so I think he did a great job. I thought the video shows you how easy it is to create your own wash on your own jeans. Every time I see someone doing denim DIY it makes me want to do more myself! I love making denim my own! What do you think of the video? Also, if you like the video on FaceBook you could win the pair of jeans featured in the video!
Customizing my jeans have always been something that I like to do. Whether it be adding some rips and tears, slitting the hem, adding stains, zippers or just doing something random to them. I don’t think I have a pair of jeans that are exactly the way I have got them, but that is what I love. They are my own and no one else’s. Here is a post of a pair of jeans that I did a few more customizations on than my others.
I recently received a pair of the J Brand Agnes Jeans in Black. I always wanted to try this style out. Being that they didn’t have pockets, I would always second guess purchasing these jeans. I finally decided to get the style because they are one of the amazing pairs out.
My first thought to do was to just add some pockets. Then I thought, “Hmmm…What else can I do to these to make them even more my own?” I then came to the conclusion to do a bit more than what I intended.
First thing I did was detach the third bottom portion off the jeans. This part was actually a lot easier than what I actually anticipated. I then switched the legs so that the zippers are placed at the inseam instead of at the outside of the jeans. I stitched the portion back to the rest of the jeans the way it was stitched before taking it apart so that it still had the same hold and motorcycle style.
After I finished sewing the legs back together, I slit the pocket panels under the hip zippers so there would be access to the pockets when it is unzipped. Then I got some pocket sacks and sewed them to the panels so there would be a place to hold my items. The only thing that I have wished I had done before hand was to dye the pockets black before I had attached them, but I can always detach and reattach them back on.
Now that I have finished making these jeans my own, they have become one of my favorites. I love that I can now put my personal belongings into the front pockets of the jeans and zip them up for safety. Now if only I can figure out how to wax these to give them a leather look? You can check out the photos below of the finished product.
I thought I would do something a little different in what I share with you and customize a pair of Levi’s. I often customize my denim by ripping, shredding, patching, hemming, studding, paint splattering etc because I love to make jeans more my own.
This time I took a pair of higher rise Levi’s jeggings that I had and chopped the legs off to make them into shorts. It’s best to cut one leg first after measuring where you want them and then fold them in half and cut the other leg against the already chopped one to make sure they are the same. Since these were completely plain (see the first gallery image) I decided to make them a little more edgy and distress them. I took a small holed cheese grater and something hard to put inside the leg and then grated the denim really hard where I wanted the distressing. It does take a while to get the destruction as you want it. I also made abrasions on the zipper area, the pockets, the back pockets and around the waist band.
After I had finished doing all of that I soaked them in water to get all of the dust and fabric bits off and then I left them in the sun to dry for a while to fade the denim a bit. I then chucked them in the tumble dryer to roughen them up a little bit more. Finally I frayed the edges of the new hem with scissors. It’s really easy and simple to make your own shorts this way, it just takes a lot of patience to get the end result. I do prefer to customize and make my own denim shorts to actually buying new ones. How many of you do the same thing?
For the denim lover (or you!) who seems to have everything, 1154 Lill is a great idea. The company that offers customized handbags is now offering a denim handbag! You can choose the shape, everything from a tote to a clutch, pick out a fabric, and then the trim and details.
The company also offers a “design a bag kit” which comes complete with fabric swatches and samples, so you can see them in person and mix and match. After you decide on a design and place your order, the company ships out your unique bag. What a great gift idea! Plus, it starts at only $80! You can check out the design options on their website at 1154 Lill.com