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Denim DIY Project


distressing your denim, denim alterations, fall denim

At 5'1" I almost always have to have my denium altered.  It can get a little frustrating (you ladies that are vertically challenged feel my pain).  Some good tailors can use the "original hem" to make them look typically the same, however it doesn't always work.  Then you're left with an old fashioned looking pair of jeans - booo...  

BUT today I'm sharing with you how to "distress" those edges and make them look more natural!

Before:

distressing your denim, denim alterations, fall denim

Yucky, old fashioned right?

Ok, let's get to it!
What you need:
  • Bleach: I like to use Clorox splashless bleach.  It's a little thicker than the watery stuff, so you don't "splash" beach everywhere and later say, "OH no!!!"
  • cup for the bleach
  • Q Tips
  • cheese grater
Step 1:  Dip the Qtip in the bleach and dab the edge of the denium (see below).  Let the bleach "sit" for a while, 10 minutes or so.  Check on it and if you need to add more bleach.  I also touch up where the edge meets the side stitching.  Depending on how distressed you want this to look you might need to do several coats.



Step 2:  Use a cheese grater to rough up the edges.  Do this again until you feel it's been distressed enough.  

distressing your denim, denim alterations, fall denim

Step 3:  Wash your denim as normal.  *TIP* After you've washed them, take a look.  Do you need to distress a little more?  You can always do more!

My final product!

distressing your denim, denim alterations, fall denim

I've been on the hunt for some new denim this fall, are you?  What classics or trends are you eyeing up this season?  See some of my favorites below:



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  1. What a great idea! I don't think I've ever had to alter a pair of jeans but that's because I'm on the other end of the spectrum at 5'7"!

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  2. This is a great tip for us petites! I also need to get my jeans hemmed unless I've purchased them from the kids section :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  3. I am also a bit of a shorty, so I always have this problem too - thanks for sharing this quick fix :)

    xo Anna
    http://fitnessalaanna.blogspot.ca

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  4. Great tip! Thanks for sharing them - I may have to give this a try to a couple pair of jeans that I had altered.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  5. Great tip, why have I never thought to do this!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  6. Very nice tip, u need to try this now..
    Keep in touch,
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  7. Great tip. I'm a shorty too, so I'll have to try this soon!

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  8. I always always have to get my jeans altered or I fold them in from under....and I'm average height!!! They make these jeans way to long....and I HATE when they bunch up at the end! Such a great DIY idea! I will definitely test it on a pair of jeans that I don't wear to see how they turn out!

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