Over the course of a few weeks, I’ve decided to customize my own clothes. These clothes range from ripped jeans and shorts to even bleached t-shirts and a corduroy backpack!
The ripped jeans are something that I have been trying to master for a while. The first couple pairs that I ripped didn’t look as nice as these do to be completely honest.
To start, you’ll want to make small, very straight horizontal rips in the denim. If you don’t do them right, you’ll end up with weird empty holes with only a little bit of strings going across. The trick is to cut the strips as straight as you can. In the picture, you can tell where some of my strips were cut, thats where there is a little bit of space between the white strings (where my skin shows through.)
I recommend starting with small rips, then trying bigger ones. The small rips may be a little bit trickier because your hands are only so small, and they are harder to control, but you don’t want to mess up on a really big rip and ruin your jeans.
It is also recommended that you buy your jeans at a thrift shop, that way if you mess up, it won’t be on a pair of your favourite jeans. Most jeans at a thrift shop are about $5 so it won’t be much of a financial loss if it doesn’t work out.
The jean shorts! I love these shorts because of their high-waisted look. The rips on the legs are done the same way as the jeans and are super easy. The fringe at the bottom is made in a similar way to the rips, only you cut the strips vertically and take out all the white strings instead of the blue strings.
These jeans originally came from my moms stash of old clothes and are pretty comfy (other than the fact that I’m not used to the waist being so high!) But it’s super easy to cut the legs right off and then fringe them up at the bottom.
Next up is my bleached t-shirt. I’m totally in love with this shirt and wear it all the time! The funny thing about this shirt, is that it really didn’t want to bleach. The bleach kept on rolling right off the shirt instead of absorbing into the fabric. It was super strange! Our best guess was that it had a “sizing” in the fabric to keep it clean while it was in the store. I recommend washing it before bleaching to avoid this problem.
Finally, after some efforts, we got the bleach to stay anyway. I was trying to use a dripping method so that it would have drip marks on it, but since the fabric was being difficult, it gave a totally different look than I thought!
The shirt also bleached so much in some spots, that it created small holes, but I think it gives it a cool look. The holes aren’t big enough to see through the shirt, so it looks kind of grunge-ish if you will.