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DIY| HOW TO MAKE FRAY DENIM JEANS | FALL FASHION

DIY| HOW TO MAKE FRAY DENIM JEANS | FALL FASHION

Happy Friday My Babes!

Today I did something I have never done before! Sort through my closet! HA HA kidding ... sort of πŸ™ˆ   Now that it's Fall it's officially jean weather so I began sorting through my jean suitcase. I was shocked! If you ever hear me say "I don't have anything to wear" just pinch me πŸ˜‹  I donated quite a few pair of jeans not too long ago to Salvation Army but realized that I held on to quite a few of my Levi's and my all time favorite Rock & Republic denim jeans. For my fellow tall babes, being 5'11 it is so rare to find skinny jeans or bell bottoms that are actually long enough to drag on the floor. So for sentimental value I held on to them. But just between me and you, I haven't worn any of these jeans for a few years. What a shame! So either I give them away or I play. So today I decided to play with a pair of Levi's! Here is my first ever DIY post, my first ever DIY anything honestly πŸ˜‹ -  and I am so excited to share it with you my dear friends. So let's get comfy, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and let's have fun together. Since I have done this already watch out for my PSSST! notes all throughout this DIY. I have done this to share tips I discovered along the way that I hope will be useful. Ok enough chitchatting let's get down to business my Babes! If  you have any DIY tips for a novice like me or you just wanna say "Hi!" or if there are any more DIYs you would like to see me try out, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. More than happy to give something good a try ... and buy another nice bottle of Rose πŸ˜‚ 

Talk soon!

YOU WILL NEED:

PAIR OF JEANS (I RECOMMEND A PAIR OF STRAIGHT LEG JEANS)

SCISSORS

PATIENCE

SOME REALLY GOOD MUSIC .. IT WAS JUSTIN BIEBER TODAY πŸ™ˆπŸ™ŠπŸ™‰

TWEEZERS

SOME MORE PATIENCE πŸ˜‚

WHITE EYELINER OR A PENCIL

AND A NICE GLASS OF ROSE  TO GIVE YOU EVEN MORE PATIENCE πŸ˜‹ OR A CUP OF TEA 😘

PSSST Big Thank You to Aya Barqawi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d9Es4ZRpg8) and the Notorious KIA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBR9sDybp2A) for the inspiration behind this DIY. πŸ’‹

Okay here are my LEVI'S. For this distressed fray hemmed jean, I would recommend working with a pair of straight legged jeans. You can also try a flared leg as well. Why not? The whole fun behind DIY is that this is for you. 

So put on the pair my babes and decide where you want to cut the hem. I folded my pair of jeans to right about the ankle so I would know where to cut. Then take off the jeans without undoing the folded hem.

Lay the jeans down with the legs on top of each other. Cut along the edge of the folded hem. It won't be perfectly straight and that's cool, it won't effct the final outcome.

Now here we are. 

PSSST! Now is a good time if you are working on carpet to place a sheet or old newspapers underneath where you are working so cleanup for all the later cutaways will be easier.

Now it's time to decide how high up you want your frays. I wanted a look that was refreshingly cool, so not too overstated but just enough. This is about an inch I think ...  Idontknow I don't own a ruler, but the measurement isn't set in stone. As you like my babes.

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I eyeballed where I marked my inch and using a white eyeliner began to draw a straight-ish line all the way across the jean. 

Continue the line on the other pant leg. Lining one side of the jean is enough. 

PSSST! As you can see the cut hems are not even and it’s totally cool if yours look like mine or if they are completely straight BRAVOOO , I wish I sat next to you in school!

Scissors in hand lets cut pieces , about an inch in width, along the hemline stopping at the white line we have just drawn. Do this on both sides of the jean leg and repeat on the 2nd pant leg. 

PSSST! MAJOR PSSST! Don’t cut the folded inside lining of the jean (the seam that runs all along the inside of your jean) in half just simply work around them.
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Ok so for every cut section we will begin my picking at the unfinished hem. When you do it will begin to unravel. 

PSSST! Picking is simple, same motion as picking lint out of a sweater.

When you start unraveling with your fingers it will look like this. See those horizontal lines of thread? That is what we want to pick out in order to get the frayed look. 

PSSST! For my girls with fresh mani’s I would recommend using the tweezer when unraveling from the getco if you want to preserve your nails. Same goes for my babes with super short nails or super long nails.
PSSST! MAJOR PSSST! To make it easier to spot the horizontal threads to pick out, either use jeans with a mix of lighter and darker denim (ie light blue wash) or once you pick at the vertical threads it will be easier to spot the ends of the horizontal threads.

Ok if it's your first time like me, this is right about the time you say "WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?! NO THANKS!" This is a picture of me with my first piece unthreaded and ready to go about an hour into when I first started. So this my babes is when I would say is a good time to crank up the music or post a instastory snapchat of this moment (like me!) or grab a refreshing beverage of choice or take a break and come back if you need. I opted for the beverage and kept on carrying on! This will take time. So let's have fun with it because I mean whatever we dedicate our time to we might as well enjoy it! 😍  Everyone works at a different speed but for sure once you get the hang of it - for example once you rely on picking on the vertical threads to get right to the horizontal threads - it will go faster. I wouldn't be surprised if the second leg takes half the amount of time to finish as the first. So I feel ya and am here to tell you are doing great and you will finish 😘  Ok lets go!

PSSST! Do you notice in the picture above how the bits of inside lining, that I mentioned earlier, are left uncut and un-frayed.

Voila! This is what Finished looks like My babes! Bravooo for finishing this post ... ha ha .. and this DIY. You can wear as is or pop it in the washer & dryer for a regular cycle to fluff up the fray. To see the finished look on me and how I styled it here is the post : http://bit.ly/2frhTUK

Ciao My Babes! Appreciate You!

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