Hey hey hey!
I hope you are all doing well! Midterms are done for the most part and I’m back! Sorry, I really wanted to upload this post a bit earlier, but things just got a little busy trying to catch up with all my other classes! If I’m not posting on here, I’m almost always active on my Instagram and I regularly upload OOTD’s there!
But, I did this DIY a couple weeks ago to test it out and loved how it turned out! I even featured it on a couple pictures on my Instagram! Ripped jeans have been very ‘on trend’ lately, but the ones in the stores can be super distressed and ripped, which I am personally not a huge fan of. I love the ripped jeans look, just not too much aha! Also, they start to look a bit weird if they have a lot of cutouts and you’re wearing leggings underneath for modesty!
I thought, since I’m not going to find exactly what I like in the stores, might as well make my own! Also, my mom didn’t think buying a pair of ‘defective’ or ripped jeans was a good way to spend her money LOL. I had this pair of jeans that I’ve literally had since middle school and I NEVER wear them, so I thought why not use this as my test pair. If it works, hallelujah, if not, no biggie. I found a couple methods online and used a little bit from each to come up with a technique. I loved the way they turned out, although I think they could use a little bit more distressing.
Now, I wear my jeans with leggings underneath, and because the jeans I chose to DIY are a straight fit, they have some space for the extra layer. If you want do this DIY on a skinnier fit, you can just take some fabric and attach it from the inside to cover up the rips. And don’t worry, I actually like the way my jeans look with black leggings underneath! There’s always a way to make something modest, and still stylish! :’)
Here’s the DIY and some ways I styled my jeans!
– Ofcourse, your pair of jeans!
– Scissors (Fabric scissors help, but they are not necessary)
Now, you could go ahead and wing it, but I suggest making some markings or lines where you would like to make your holes/rips, so you have a general idea for what your finished product will look like.
The best way to do this is to wear the jeans, and then draw a line where you want to make your cut. This way, you know exactly where the rips will be on your legs. Especially if you want to make a rip in the knee, wearing the jeans really helps!
Once you have all the markings, you will need to start making some cuts! You can take the jeans off of course hehe 🙂
For the rips, you can cut on the lines you have drawn, but you will also need to make a second cut, around 1.5 inches above or below the initial cut. If you want a relatively thin rip/cut, then you can decrease the distance between the two cuts. If you would like the rip to be at the exact location of the line, then make two cuts around an inch above and below, so you know the rip will be in the right place.
Be careful to only cut the top layer of the fabric, unless you want some cutouts on the back of your jeans too LOL!
Now that you have two cuts, you have one piece of fabric in between them. The key to getting the rips is to pull on the vertical blue threads, which will expose the white threads of the jeans. Using the tweezers, you can pull out the blue threads that have been cut when you made your slit. At first, it’s a little hard, but once you get going, you can see them really easily and keep going. I’d suggest starting in the middle so you can see exactly what you’re doing!
You can refer to the pictures because it’s easier to understand 🙂
Once you finish removing all of the vertical threads, you will end up with something like this:
There will be some naturally occurring distressing around the cuts, but if you want a very natural “store-bought” look, just pop them in the wash. After going in the dryer, they should have the frayed edges around the rips! Funny how the ‘natural’ look is the ‘store bought’ HAHA.
I ended up making 4 total cuts in my jeans, just to keep it simple, yet edgy!
I hope this DIY was helpful and clear! If you have any questions, just drop a comment and hopefully I can help you out!
Here’s how I styled them!
Sweater – Hollister
Jeans – DIY (Original pair from Target)
Hijab – Dara Boutique
Boots – The Bay
Green Shirt – Hollister
Black Tshirt – Target
Jeans – DIY (Original Pair from Target)
Hijab – London, UK
Shoes – Aldo
Purse – Kate Spade
Speak to you soon! I have a really cool, and different, blogpost coming up next inshallah!
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Have a lovely week! <3
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