Many of us love the destroyed look to our denim, like Drew Barrymore pictured here.
I tried my hand at making a pair of homemade destroyed denim jeans. I used an old pair of James Jeans I had lying around. The color wasn’t very modern. Made me think of Mom Jeans. Here’s what I did to spruce them up (or rather tear them up!) for a destroyed denim look.
Items you will need:
- Dremel or Angle Grinder - The dremel will give you slow and easier to control tears. The angle grinder can give small tear but you must not press hard or else you’ll tear right through the denim. I had that issue….ooops. Ha ha.
- Sand paper
- Scraps of material for and patches you may want (or need as was in my case) and a needle and thread.
- Bleach and/or dishwashing detergent
- Piece of wood that will fit inside a pant’s leg
Bleach will break down your jeans much quicker than dishwasher detergent so use caution if that is your choice. Dishwasher detergent straight or bleach diluted (1 part bleach 5 parts water) should be applied to anywhere you want to “age” for anywhere between an hour to two.
Here’s the process for my jeans:
- First, if your jeans are too long, you can use scissors to cut the bottom hem off, or make some light cuts in the hems to give some frayed edges. I washed them AND dried mine with a couple pairs of shoes, tennis balls and my downy balls to beat them up a bit, and then rinsed them 3 times in fabric softener. This gives the denim a softer fluffier look.
- Rub on a mixture of half and half detergent and bleach water. (You can do either or I just could not decide which.) I let it stay on for an hour. I also took a spoon and spattered the bottoms of my jeans with just bleach water.
- After they’re dry, take them outside and place a piece of scrap wood in the leg. Get your trusty dremel or angle grinder and go at it where ever you want your tears – more if you want them super destroyed like I did, less if you just want a bit of distressing, like Drew, above. Be careful though! Don’t press too hard until you learn how much pressure you need to put or else you’ll make boo-boos like I did which needed a patch. (Hint: Showing too much of pasty thighs is not cute.) If you do make a boo-boo, just use your needle & thread and stitch in a quick patch behind the hole. Just makes them even more “vintage” looking in my opinion!
- Voila! Destroyed denim! You can wash them again to get any wood bits off and fluff them up in the dryer once more and you are ready to go!
Me in my new destroyed denim:
(Editor’s Note: Props to writer Jessie for this great guide! Readers, if you do something special to your jeans, feel free to document it, photograph it, and send it to the Editor and we may feature it here as a denim guide!)
You’ve probably seen the seagull logo before yet never known what those sexy jeans are. I like to call them the “creme de le creme” of jeans and they completely trump Sevens and Rock and Republic. (Editor’s Note to writer Jessie: Them’s fighting words around DenimBlog, girl, watch out! Ha ha.) They are Evisu.
The super premium jeans are made out of the best quality denim in vintage looms and many of the jean styles still have the logo hand painted on to them. Their prices range from $150 to $1000 for a pair.
The brand seemed pretty underground for a while but they definitely blew up when they teamed with Puma for both a collaboration called “Evisu loves Puma” and also selling their own brand in Puma stores across the world. High quality premium denim jeans are definitely their staple. But also, Evisu makes cutting edge ready-to-wear clothing.
Vanessa Hudgens was spotted in a pair of Frankie B. Mohawk Starlett Jetsetter jeans. Cute jeans!!!
Photos courtesy JustJared.com
Actress Christina Ricci was spotted having dinner at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills on July 25th while wearing a pair of dark blue AG jeans. Those look great on her, nice fit! And I love the green shoes too.
Images via Celebutopia.net