Frills and Flash For Denim

woman in denim skirt

Ah, the 1980’s. Trashy was the look. Over the top lace and crinolines, ladylike beads, slinky jewelry; big hair and bigger hair bows paired with motorcycle belts, dangerous boots, and the proper amount of exposed flesh, and over it all, a denim jacket. Denim; the material of the worker, the perfect foil for the extremely feminine. It has been bedazzled, acid washed, ripped, and patched, beaded, and trimmed in lace, but it always carries that boyish message that contrasts with the super girly, and we never seem to run out of ways to wear it. If you’re looking for some new ways to be creative with denim, here are some ways of bringing your jeans into the millennium.

Reinvent Old Jeans As A Miniskirt

  1. Mark the length you want your skirt to be and cut off the excess.
  2. Cut the inseam along the legs and crotch so that the legs are open.
  3. Cut a patch out of the excess fabric.
  4. Sew the patch to the skirt to cover the gap left by the inseam.

woman sewing denim

Alternative Method

  1. Mark the length you want your length to be on the inseam. Using a ruler and chalk, create a line you’ll cut across.
  2. Cut the excess length off the pants and cut along inseam to open each leg.
  3. Cut two squares of fabric from excess leg pieces. These will serve to fill in the triangular gaps between the legs.
  4. Sew or glue squares onto the underside go the skirt, to fill the gaps.

Uneven Hem (Tiered Hem)
This is that really cool look in which the hem on the front panel of your jeans is slightly higher than the back. Great for showing off a really cool pair of sandals.

  1. Cut off original hem of pants.
  2. Mark off two inches.
  3. Cut across the front panel of jeans, leaving back panel 2 inches longer.
  4. Fray newly cut hems, pulling strings out for style.

Fringed hem

Fringed Hem
For that hippy beachy look. Think Tom Hanks in “Castaway.”

  1. Cut off original hem of pants.
  2. Make a straight line 3 inches from the bottom.
  3. Marked finger width spaces, as if you were in elementary school, trying to space your letters, using vertical lines.
  4. Cut along vertical lines and shake to a make fringe.

Racer Stripes
This will give you a sporty racing stripe down each leg

  1. Mark one inch to the left to the outer seam and one inch to the right.
  2. Apply painters tape from the top to the bottom of the pants along the marks you have just made, leaving the seam exposed.
  3. Pour bleach into a bowl.
  4. Apply bleach between pieces of tape, wait for color to remove.

denim skirt and yellow purse

Let us know how your dressing up your denim this year and let us know if you tried any of our suggestions!

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