As you know, we have been taking part in the Earnest Sewn 30 Day Denim Challenge for the entire month of June. We had to take a pair of Earnest Sewn jeans, in their raw form, and wear them for 30 days exactly (without washing them) and customize them to our liking. The jeans then get sent back to Earnest Sewn and whichever pair Benjamin likes the most will get re-created to go on sale. It was a really fun and exciting project to work on and I am actually really pleased with how mine turned out.
The last 3 images in the gallery are of the jeans changing over the course of the 30 days. Image 10 is in their raw state, as you can see they are really dark (almost black) blue and completely plain. Image 11 is of the jeans about 2 and a half weeks into the challenge. I hadn’t done anything to them as I was creating my own creases and whiskering just from wear. Then the last image, image 12, is of the jeans finished. You can see from the photos what a dramatic change there is. I didn’t notice exactly how much I had worked on these because it’s been a slow process that I’ve been doing over the entire month, but when I compared the photos, I was pleasantly suprised.
As I mentioned above, I didn’t do anything to the jeans for the first 2 or so weeks. The reason for this exactly was because I wanted to wear them as much as I could so that they formed to my body and told my story. I wanted to make sure that the creases set in the correct places and stayed there, which they did with a lot of wear. After I had created those natural wear lines, I slowly started fading them with sandpaper and light files. I was doing this for the last 2 weeks actually, getting them to go as naturally as possible and keeping it slow so that it didn’t look too forced.
As they are thinner denim, they did crease up in a lot of places. The lap area and behind the knees being the best places for that, so those two areas are what I worked on the most. I then faded the knees from the front and the inseam at the thighs, as creases had appeared there too. Since I have shorter legs, the jeans were stacked at the bottom so I decide to fade those creases as well which turned out to look quite nice.
For the final touches, I frayed the hems to add some more wear and I brought my pocket design to life. I had plans to re-create the heart in the top right corner for a while and it turned out really well in the end. If you are wondering why I chose to fade a heart into the pocket, it symbolises a few things. One being my complete love for denim and the other being my love for this challenge and being able to create a wash by myself. I think it also represents things on a bigger scale of people remembering to love one another. I like having details and meaning in my jeans, it always means a little something extra to me.
As you can probably see, the jeans don’t fit me very well anymore unfortunately, they stretched out loads and are quite baggy, but since I wasn’t able to wash them (which I found so frustrating and difficult, ha ha) they never shrank like normal. I’m hoping once I get these back from Earnest Sewn, I can wash them and have them fit me better and the wash itself will blend in nicer.
But I have spent a lot of time and a lot of hard work creating this wash over the last month. I have been sanding loads, staining my hands completely blue and making the denim softer as well as much lighter as I’m more of a fan of lighter jeans over dark. I wanted to use bleach to lighten them more, but since we weren’t allowed to wash them, that wouldn’t have worked out well because they would have stank and the bleach wouldn’t be washed away.
But anyway, I am really really happy with how they turned out, I think all the hard work paid off. I didn’t want to add anything to the jeans like paint or embroidery or something along those lines because I wanted to stay true to myself. That for me is keeping the jeans as natural as possible and just creating a wash that looks really worn in and vintage, like an old pair of jeans that have had some tough love. I definitely prefer this kind of look in my jeans so that’s why I didn’t add anything to them. I like to keep it simple.
Anyway, the challenge is now over and my jeans are on their way back to Earnest Sewn. I want to thank them for asking me to take part and I hope you readers like what I did with them! You can comment and let me know if you like them.
Images belong to Lorna Burford/DenimBlog.com.
Here is our last update of progress in a joint post on our Earnest Sewn jeans for the 30 Day Denim Challenge. The next post will be of the finished jeans and we will each do our own post that will document our experience in full and show them from start to finish. We have made quite a few changes to our jeans during this past week and you can see them below.
I have slowly been sanding and filing my jeans as the days go on and this morning I actually did a whole lot to them in terms of fading. I’ve been working on them loads and I have faded the areas that have creased up a lot with wear. I’ve gone for a more authentic sort of approach with my jeans as I love classic washes the most. I don’t plan on adding anything to them other than some more fading. I do have some final plans this coming week to do on the back pockets, but I wont mention what that might be just yet. The only thing that bugs me about my jeans at the moment, is still not being able to wash them. Having faded them a lot, they really need to be washed so that the creases are not so contrasted against the dark blue denim. But as I am unable to that, I have plans to lighten up the jeans all over without washing.
As you can see from the photos, my jeans still haven’t really started fading. There is some light discoloration on the seams but nothing very noticeable. However, like Lorna, mine have started to stretch out a lot more since the past few weeks but they’re still very comfortable.
Last week, I mentioned a DIY project that I was working on. I’ve always loved studded and embellished jeans and so I wanted to give these a little embellishment. I found these tiny gold studs and added them along the coin pocket. I’d seen it done in a similar way before, only using larger studs. I thought the smaller ones were not as bold as larger ones and suited my style more. I can’t decide if I want to add some more studs all around the coin pocket (out to the seam) but it may be hard since the denim is so much thicker there. So far I’m really happy with the way it turned out but I haven’t decided if I’ll add more studs elsewhere on the jeans.
I finally took the time out to sand my jeans down. I was getting a bit bummed that they were fading very little from the sun. So I decided to add some distressing myself. I started off with the sanding the whiskering at the hips. I sat down to see where it would crease then sanded those areas. Then I did the back of the knees. This one was a bit trickier, but they came out really well. I then took them off to start sanding the thighs and back of the calves. After all the sanding that I did, I got some scissors and went at it with the scraping. I ripped the edges of the pockets and added a hole under one of the belt loops. I tried doing the knee area, but the jeans weren’t having it. I’m going to attempt that area again in the coming week. I think a tear there would work really well. I am also hoping that the more I wear these jeans the more the sanded area and actual wash of the jeans somehow fade into each other to look more natural. Hopefully it does. You guys can see how that will turn out next week.
Here is our third post on our Earnest Sewn jeans during the 30 Day Denim Challenge. We have had a little more progress than last time and you can see our photos and writing below. Next week we will document our wear in post 4 and then we will each do a final post at the end of the challenge showing the change from start to finish.
I have definitely had an increase in creasing on my jeans, especially in the lap area and behind the knees as you can see in the photos. However I am in the process of helping them along by sanding some of the creases to lighten them up. You can see I have started on the lap area and plan to do more, I’ve also did a little bit on the honeycombs behind the knees, but I am taking it slowly to make them look more authentic rather than do it all in one go and make a mess of things.
They have stretched out a lot and now fit me quite loosely unfortunately, but at least they are comfortable to wear. It’s actually really quite difficult getting these to progress without washing them though. It’s such a shame we are not allowed to get water on them as that would really help with the fades and wearing them in so much. I’m looking forward to working on them during the next week though and seeing how they come along.
This past week, I spent a lot of time traveling and of course, wore my skinny jeans on the plane. I’m really glad that I wore these for travel, since they’re very comfortable. They were stretchy enough while wearing them for a few hours in cramped quarters, it wasn’t uncomfortable and they still looked really polished.
Thus far, they’re still retaining their color nicely and have only slight fading in regularly creased areas. I’m working on a little customization project and will show pictures of it when I finish up!
Not much has changed so far besides a little natural fading from the sun. They are a bit lighter. Not enough though to tell from the photo. Only if you look up close in person. I have distressed the edges and sanded the the creases a bit after I took this photo. Being on the looser side has definitely detoured the creasing from holding. I am going to wear the jeans in for the next week to give the dye some time to bleed into the detail to give them a more natural fading. Hopefully they turn out the way I want them by next week and that you guys like them.
Earnest Sewn asked us writers here at DenimBlog (Jennifer, Jonathan and myself) to take part in their 1 month denim wearing challenge/contest along with lots of other bloggers who are enthusiastic about denim! The rules were simple, you need to wear their jeans for 30 days straight and document how they change and evolve. You can also customize them and do what you want to them to make them your personal jeans, as long as you don’t wash them. The pair of jeans that Ben likes the most will then be replicated and sold which is pretty cool!
So this is our first post on the Earnest Sewn 30 day denim challenge and there will be 3 more, one each week. We will all document how the jeans are changing and whatever we plan to do to them along with photos of how they look. This first post is on us talking about the challenge and how we feel about it, along with our jeans in their brand new state. We are all looking forward to sharing this journey with you!
I have been a raw denim fan for quite a few years now. I have 2 previous pairs broken in and faded, but I haven’t been into raw denim for a little while since I was more interested in the trends and what is new. I was excited to get back into the swing of things though with this challenge! At first, I wasn’t really sure how well they would break in because they are very very stretchy and quite a thin denim. They are probably the comfiest pairs of raw looking jeans I have ever tried. This does make me think that they are probably one wash or rinsed as they don’t seem to bleed very much either. I hope that they do crease and fade quite well.
I know a lot of people are actually disgusted by the idea of raw denim, that being not washing them and constantly wearing them. It’s not actually that bad though. As long as you are clean and you don’t go doing strenuous things like hiking or running then they are fine. It only really depends on how dirty the person gets themselves. I don’t usually wash my jeans much anyway, I keep them on rotation and I don’t like to wash them because the pretty wash fades. I do wash the ones I wear the most, but the rest I don’t like to as I see no point if you don’t wear them that much. I do have a couple of ideas for these jeans, but it depends on how well they fade and crease. I was thinking about helping the process along a little with some DIY if they don’t do so well. But I will keep you updated!
I was really excited when Earnest Sewn asked me to participate in this challenge! After working with DenimBlog for a while, I’ve seen so many really awesome pairs of aged raw denim, but I’ve never had the opportunity to age my own. The wash on these is gorgeous and very dark, which I love! I’m really excited to see how they wear and fade over time. I have a few ideas of how I may personalize them, but may end up leaving them as they are and just allow daily wear and tear to create a unique look.
When I heard us writers were given the chance to do the “30 Day Challenge” for Earnest Sewn, I got really excited. I haven’t broken in a pair of jeans in years. What I noticed about this specific pair (the Kyrre) was that it ran a bit big for me compared to the Harlan that I had a few years back. I could have gone down a size or two. Being a bit loose I am a bit unsure how much detail this pair would get. I did notice though, that even after I tried them on to see how they fit, the creasing started to show on the back of the knees. So hopefully it ends up working out for the better and they start showing some wear.