High waisted shorts are all the rage this summer and today I'm going to teach you how to distress denim. You can do it with your shorts, jeans, vests, or jean jackets. I mean, why pay $50 at Urban Oufitters when you can do it yourself for less than $5!? You can save that money for more important things like food... or more jeans to cut up.
Things you'll need:
-jeans or shorts, scissors, and tweezers
My mom had these shorts laying around from her 20's - not sure why she kept it all these years but I'm not complaining. If you don't want to cut up your jeans, head on over to your local thrift store or goodwill (you'll hit the jackpot with 'mom jeans' better known as high waisted jeans)
Next, begin cutting but if your shorts are at the desired length then skip this step. If you are using jeans, you can lay a pair of shorts you already own over them and trace it or cut as you please. Make sure you cut one leg at a time. DO NOT fold the jeans over each other and cut - it will come out very uneven. I started out by cutting along the seam. Important: Cut a little off at a time and try it on to see if you like it. You will probably get tired of trying them on and on but it's better than your @$$ hanging out when you're done...unless you want it to. Basically, less is more!
I found it helpful to use a measuring tape or ruler so my cuts were more straight rather than jagged. If you like the jagged look, then cut away! That's the one thing I like about cutting shorts yourself - you can customize them to any way you like!
I forgot to take a picture of the this step *facepalm*, but you will begin the distressed look. It depends on how big or small you want the hole to be, but you will make horizontal cuts about 1 cm apart from each other. The arrows represent where I made my cuts. As you can see mine aren't lined up. When you put it in the washer and dryer, it will look more distressed (see last photo)
This is the most tedious, time consuming step. Denim is made from blue strands that run up and down while white strands run left to right. You want to pull out the blue strands with the tweezers. It may help to pull down some of the white strands before you pull the blue strands. It took a few tries but once you get one blue strand out the rest becomes easier, I promise :) Also, its okay if you rip some of the white strands along the way but try not to rip too many or else it will look like a big hole.
After picking out blue strands for hours, you will end up with something like this. If you have razor knife, you can run it along the lines of the pocket or waist line to make it fray.
Finally, throw your shorts into the wash and dry them and you my friend will have distressed high waisted shorts! Ta-da!
Let me know if you have any questions or if my instructions were unclear. I'm always here to help now go out in your new shorts and reward youself with some ice cream.
Stay tuned to see my DIY for studded shorts and dip-dye shorts!