Press the shorts with an iron to help hold the cuff in place. Wash and dry to create a frayed hem. If you want a distressed, aged cutoff look, toss your new jean shorts into the washing machine, then put them in the dryer.
Method 3 of Put on your jeans and use chalk to mark the areas you want to distress. Take off the jeans and put thick cardboard into the legs. Cut horizontal strips with a box cutter if you want to make a frayed hole. Many distressed jeans feature a square hole with white threads stretched across it.
If you want the hole to look more natural, make the strips wider in the middle, then gradually shorter to the top and bottom, similar to the shape of a diamond. Rub sandpaper along the denim to get a soft, worn look. Sandpaper is a great way to instantly create authentic-looking aging on your jeans. Use a coarse sandpaper, like grit, and rub vigorously over the area you want to distress.
Use a disposable razor to distress thicker areas. If you want to distress the pockets, waistband, or zipper of your jeans, take a regular safety razor, like the kind you use for shaving. Pick at an area with a safety pin to make a small hole. If you want to add a subtle distressed touch to your jeans, take a safety pin and work it into the fibers.
Pick them away with the tip of the pin until you create a small hole. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Submit a Tip All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. Related wikiHows. More References About This Article. Co-authors: 4.
Updated: October 5, Categories: Featured Articles Altering Jeans. Article Summary X If you want to cut your jeans into shorts, start by putting them on and marking where you want them to stop with chalk. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 31, times. Did this article help you? Most denim is now dyed using synthetic indigo. Currently, jeans are produced in any color that can be achieved with cotton. For more information on dyeing, refer to denim and the discussion there of using pigment dyes.
In Levi Strauss introduced their own pre-shrunk jeans Lee and Wrangler jeans had already long been pre-shrunk ; these did not shrink further after purchase, allowing the consumer to purchase a correctly fitting size. Pre-shrink is most common in jeans nowadays. The are almost identical to the s with the exception of the button-fly. The Levi's Corporation also introduced a slim boot-cut fit known as and The difference between the two is the s sit at the waist line and the s sit below the waist line.
Later, Levi's would develop other styles and fits such as the loose, slim, comfort, relaxed, skinny, and a regular fit with a tapered leg. Ripping or distressing of jeans, though also arising naturally as a result of wear and tear, is sometimes deliberately performed by suppliers - with distressed clothing sometimes selling for more than a nondistressed pair. Consumers wanting jeans that appear worn can buy jeans that have been specially treated. To give the fabrics the worn look, sandblasting done with chemicals or by adding pumice stone to the washing process or abrading with sandpaper is often done.
A typical pair of blue jeans uses gallons liters of water during its life cycle. This includes the water to irrigate the cotton crop, manufacture the jeans, and the numerous washes by the consumer. The production of jeans with a "used look" can be more environmentally damaging than regular jeans,  depending on how the waste compounds are processed. Sandblasting and treating with sandpaper has the risk of causing silicosis to the workers, and in Turkey , more than 5, textile workers have been stricken with this disease, and 46 people are known to have died.
Some companies have announced they are banning the use of sandblasting. Despite most jeans being "pre-shrunk", they are still sensitive to slight further shrinkage and loss of color from being washed.
The Levi Strauss company recommends avoiding washing jeans as much as possible. Carl Chiara, Levi Strauss director of brand and special projects, has a credo: The less you wash your jeans, the better your jeans become. Unzipped , clarifies in a response to such a criticism:. Our advice is to wash less often, but clearly, you have to judge for yourself what's appropriate.
Hot day, dirty job? Wash your jeans. Cold day, office job? Maybe you can wear them twice or more before they go back to the washing machine. Personally, if I wear a pair of jeans to work on Friday—cool climate, office job—I tend to wear them on Saturday.
And if Saturday is spent indoors and I'm not spilling food all over myself, I might even wear them on Sunday. For those who prefer to refrain from washing their jeans there have been suggestions to freeze them in order to kill the germs that cause odor. However, this advice has been disputed as ineffective and replaced with the suggestion of baking them for ten minutes at degrees Fahrenheit.
In Rome , Italy , in , a year-old driving instructor was accused of rape. When he picked up an year-old girl for her first driving lesson, he allegedly raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her. Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges. While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in because the victim wore tight jeans.
It was argued that she must have necessarily had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision "it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.
The ruling sparked widespread feminist protest. The day after the decision, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans and holding placards that read "Jeans: An Alibi for Rape". As a sign of support, the California Senate and Assembly followed suit. As of [update] at least 20 U. Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest against such attitudes about sexual assault.
As of the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer a "denim" defense to the charge of rape. In , an Indian family court in Mumbai ruled that a husband objecting to his wife wearing a kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear a sari amounts to cruelty inflicted by the husband and can be a ground to seek divorce. In the Soviet Union , jeans were the symbol of the Western way of life.
The jeans brand Rokotov and Fainberg is named after the defendants in the Rokotov—Faibishenko case , who were executed for, among other things, trafficking in jeans. Although not outright banned, jeans were hard to come by in USSR.
Accomplish this style by putting these items together:. To release your inner bad boy, start by slicking back your hair or getting it cut into a pompadour style and by selecting a baggier jean, such as a "boot cut" or "relaxed" fit and pairing it with Harley Davidson motorcycle boots and a classic leather jacket that fits your style. For the girls: Another popular jean that looks smashing with the '50s throwback style is the "boyfriend" jean.
For a perfect weekend outfit or casual look that is reminiscent of the female version of the "Greaser" pair your cuffed jeans with:. Made one for a boyfriend back in high school way before you were even born! Some wadding across the back for extra warmth. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upcycled Denim Luggage Tags Use this free sewing pattern and tutorial to make your own upcycled denim luggage tags.
How to Reuse Denim Jeans Seams Learn how you can use up every last scrap of denim from your jeans upcycle projects. Woven Denim Basket Update a wire basket with woven denim strips.
Upcycled Denim Placemats Create a set of beautiful denim placemats with frayed details. Upcycled Denim Quilt Mat Learn how to make this beautiful quilted mat from a pair of jeans. Upcycled Jeans Backpack Learn how to create a denim backpack from a pair of jeans.
Denim Purse Make this upcycled denim purse from your old jean legs. DIY Wall Organizer This is a great way to use up jeans pockets while creating some vertical organization. Denim Stuffed Animals Give your old jeans new life by turning them into denim stuffed animals. Upcycled Denim Purse This cute bucket bag was created from an old pair of jeans and some fabric scraps. Upcycled Denim Backpack When my husband offered me an old pair of Levis, I turned them into a small backpack for our toddler.
DIY Denim Throw Pillow With some careful cutting and piecing you can sew a brand new chevron denim pillow made from upcycled jeans. Easy Denim Pouch Have leftover denim scraps from your other upcycling projects? Woven Denim Basket Create a very sturdy woven basket using just denim scraps. How to Mend Jean Holes Before you start cutting into well-worn jeans, have you considered hand-mending? Share this idea. Comments yessss!Cut and remove the thick double fold seams from the back yoke and center back. cut as close to the seam as possible, through the crotch and up to the base of where the zipper used to be, separating the two legs. Cut the double fold inseam out of each leg.