Suggested song for enjoying this post: “Venom Wearin’ Denim” by Junior Brown. Complimented splendidly by this quirky YouTube music video/collage:
You know those perfect denim shorts you’ve been looking for the last three summers in a row? Those fabled shorts where every time you think you’ve found them it turns out that they’re either just a little too long, too short, too bleached, too shredded, etc.? Yeah, those perfect jean shorts? They don’t exist….yet.
This summer, sick of long dressing-room debates and constant sizing confusion, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own denim shorts. TAKE THAT WORLD!
The ingredients are simple:
- A good pair of “mom jeans” (compliments of Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a box of your mom’s 90′s clothes)
- A scalpel/exacto knife (found at any craft store)
- Crafting studs (I found the ones I used at Michael’s)
STEP ONE: The jeans are obviously the most important part. Choosing from secondhand jeans means that your options may not seem to fit your style, but no need to worry–you’ll be cutting them up anyways. Once back at home, turn the jeans inside out and put them on. Standing in front of a mirror, use a pen to mark your ideal length. If you’re not sure how short you want to go remember that starting longer is always better, you can always cut them shorter later! (Tip: I cut my jeans to be a little shorter in the front than in the back. Another option is making them shorter on the sides and longer in the front and back).
STEP TWO: After cutting your shorts to your desired length, turn them right-side out and get out your newspaper. Insert the newspaper in between the shorts, making sure that your pockets are behind the newspaper. You will be shredding the shorts with the scalpel/exacto and you don’t want the knife to cut through to the other side or into the pockets. Decide where you’d like to shred the shorts (one side, both sides, totally shredded, only some shredding), then take the knife and dig it into the desired area, cutting a strip. Use the knife to continue to stress the area and continue as you see fit (see picture above).
STEP THREE: Use studs to create your desired pattern.
STEP FOUR: Use scissors to stress the ends of the shorts. Put the edge of the shorts at the divide of the scissors and work them back and forth to fray the denim.
Voila! Enjoy your custom jean shorts for August!
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