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
I did a little collaboration bracelet with the denim jewellery brand K.B LuSH. I’ve always loved their pieces since I first saw the brand and they gave me the opportunity to design one. I love dragonflies, so I made this brass dragonfly the main focal point of the bracelet and it features ribbons, pearl beads, buttons and zippers as well on a vintage piece of denim. Each bracelet is hand made and unique.
K.B LuSH started the bracelet based off of my design and then I finished it. I named the bracelet ‘Dragonfly Meadows’ and it’s available to buy worldwide from their online store for $45. It’s only available in limited edition quantities though as it’s a special limited edition bracelet. I had a really fun time designing and making the bracelet. I have always loved designing and making clothes/accessories since I can remember. I hope you like it! Click here to buy this bracelet from K.B LuSH.
Victoria Beckham spent some time with Vanessa Hudgens to talk to her about her designing and how she creates her jeans! Victoria talks us through a step by step process of customizing a pair of her jeans which Vanessa is wearing in the photo above. They look very cool! I love customizing my own jeans with paint and rips. You can see the process and more photos at Teen Vogue by clicking here. You can also read below a snippet of the article which is on Teen Vogue.
Get Victoria Beckham started on the subject of denim, and the designer, former Spice Girl, and world-famous soccer mum can wax poetic to seemingly no end. “Fit is very, very important,” she emphasizes. “You want a jean that is superflattering but also relatively practical. You need to be able to move around in it. When I wear a skinny jean,” she says, “I like it to have a little bag around the knee and the ankle. It’s more modern than something that is tight, tight, tight.” And fabric and finish are no less paramount to the fashion doyenne. “I spend a lot of time making sure we get it right with the wash because there’s a big difference between something that looks authentic and something that looks like it’s been made,” she says. That perfectionist attitude seems to be serving her well. Her denim line, which she describes as “fashion-forward and quite European,” has a loyal celebrity following. But perhaps most telling of all, it makes the grade with Beckham herself. “Everything that I design, I wear,” she says matter-of-factly. What could be more convincing than that?