I picked up these black skinny jeans for $10 bucks from Cotton On just a couple of weeks ago and I thought (with the gentle persuasion of @michelleh013) that I’d show how I go about ripping them up..
I prefer to put the jeans on, then, using a white dress making pencil or white chalk, mark where I want the rips to be;
I want these jeans to have skinny little rips all along the length, so here I’ve marked 4 lines on the thigh and 3 lines on the shin, of each leg. I’ve avoided placing rips over the knee as these jeans have a lot of stretch and I’m trying to avoid them losing their shape as the knee constantly bends and stretches the fabric.
Now, laying the jeans flat on a table, I take some small sissors and start the horizontal cuts. I’m cutting a 1cm strip on each of the lines that I marked;
Once the strips are cut the fun begins; taking a pair of tweezers I pull all the VERTICAL threads out – one by one:
This is the labour intensive part; particularly if the denim threads are fine. However, these jeans have pretty thick threads and I have found them fairly easy to pull.
While plucking the vertical threads some of your horizontal threads will break and you might want to snip them shorter to keep them out of the way.
One leg finished and they are starting to take shape
Now, the real magic happens – after I finish the other leg I’ll run them though a gentle wash cycle which will roughen up the edges a lot more so keep watching this space for the results…
In the mean time; here is a YouTube video on how to ‘de-construct’ denim that I thought was really well put together. Itsblitzzz does lots of other cool tutorials so I highly recommend checking out her channel: