We Want Wednesday: Distressed Jeans DIY

So I launched Style By Raina a couple days ago and this morning I got my very 1st question!!  In answering my friends inquiry it dawned on me that some of you might benefit from this information and… We Want Wednesday’s was born. Going forward, send me your questions on Facebook at Style By Raina, Tweet me at https://twitter.com/StylebyRaina #wewantwednesday or post them in the comments below and each week I will select one to answer on the blog.

The Question:

Hey gurrll, wut up?! Hope all is well with you and yours. I look forward to some great things coming out of Style by Raina and to enlist your services. I do have a question or rather free advice you can offer- I have some white jeans that I’d like to get that shredded-ripped look- you know a place or person who could do? I’ve looked for ones that are already ripped in the right places but didn’t like how they looked or fit. I also looked on YouTube at some self-proclaimed gurus in this arena but I ain’t try to F it up & ruin my pantelones. Any advice will surely be appreciated. BTW how’s the backyard oasis coming along?

The Answer:
Good Morning! Yes, I know how to distress jeans, but you can totally do it yourself . Do you mind if I post your question to my page? Tools you’ll need: An exacto knife or sharp fabric scissors A shaving razor or tweezers You’re going to put the pants on and mark where you want the distressing, with fabric chalk or a pencil if you don’t have chalk. Typical areas for distressing are the knees, pockets, hem line, and pretty much anywhere else you want. Take the pants off and put a barrier like a magazine or cardboard inside the area you’re going to work on to protect the back of the pants when you make the cuts. Using either the scissors or blade you’re going to make horizontal cuts about 1/2″ apart inside the area you marked for distress (closer together if you want to start with a smaller area). Try to keep your cuts straight and uniform, this will help for the later steps. Next, you’re going to choose the razor or the tweezer method, to create the “stringy” look. The easiest thing to do is use a razor and simply “shave” back and forth over the cut areas to remove the surface cotton of the denim weave and expose the binding threads, being careful not to shave all the way through, then wash and dry the jeans TWICE. Or you can use the tweezers to pull the vertical threads from horizontal cuts you made in the weave. Start by 1st pulling 1 or 2 of the horizontal threads from the outer edge of the cut so you expose the weave, next starting in the center of the section pull 1 or 2 of the vertical threads, as the weave loosens it will get easier and you can pull 5-6 fibers, wash and dry them and VOILA perfectly distressed jeans! Please take a before and after pic and let me know how this works for you!
The Reply:
Sorry late reply. Yes, you can post my question as long as I don’t look too dumb asking it Umm them instructions tho?! while comprehensive, way overwhelming. I’m gonna F it up. I know me. Perhaps I should’ve asked, where could I go to them done or can you do them? Willing to pay.
The Inspiration:
I’ll do you one better, I made a quick video when I got home. I’m about to post it now. lol



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