D.I.Y. Vetements Jeans In 5 Steps


The look for less... $1500 less!










Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed a huge denim trend taking over. Headed by fashion's newest cult label, Vetements (which appropriately means 'clothing' in French), designers and fashion fans have ditched their skin-tight jeans and opted for a more relaxed fit with a modern twist. Quickly famous for their recycled denim, michelin-man puffer jackets and the infamous DHL t-shirt, Vetements pioneered the cropped-length jean with an uneven hem.

Fortunately for me, the look is a pretty easy one to achieve on a budget. Here's what you'll need:

  • Good quality jeans that fit you like a glove - mine are vintage Levi's from Miss Brown Vintage - a.k.a Levi's goldmine. Opt for a straight-leg fit, preferably with a high waist.
  • Fabric Scissors - your best D.I.Y. friend
  • Fabric Unpicker
  • Sandpaper
  • Fabric pencil/chalk/pen

Step 1.

Put on jeans. Decide where you want them to sit at the front. The best way to do this is pop on a pair of heels and use a mirror. I found about 2 inches above the ankle bone was perfect. Mark the spot with your drawing weapon of choice.

Step 2. 

Take off jeans. Optional: replace with pants. Lay jeans flat on a table. Cut off the hem first (not where you marked the jeans). Follow the line of the horizontal stitch - about 1cm above it is where you want to cut. Hot tip: recycle these as denim chokers by making one cut in them and fastening around the neck with a safety pin.

Step 3.

Cut vertically along the side seam (leave the seam in tact - see images above) until you reach your horizontal marked line on the FRONT of the jeans only. Cut horizontally across the front of the jeans along your marked line, stopping before you cut into the opposite side seam. Cut down beside that seam until the piece of fabric is removed. Basically, just cut out a rectangular U shape. Repeat on the other jean leg (You can use the cut-out piece of fabric to check that your marked lines are the same, or leave it to chance for a less polished look).

Step 4.

Take your fabric unpicker and begin to pull down some of the horizontal threads (usually white or lighter in colour) to create more of a raw hem look. You can remove the vertical threads along the vertical seams as well. Repeat until your desired fraying is achieved. Trim the hanging threads at random lengths until you're happy with the look.

Step 5.

Take the sandpaper and roughly sand along all the raw hems. This will loosen the threads even more and make the fabric look worn.

Voila! Welcome your new denim staple to your wardrobe. Pair it with this season's coolest footwear: the sock boot, a voluminous top and a must-have leather bag.


SHOP THE LOOK

Jeans: Miss Brown Vintage // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Top: Free People // Boots: Ego //



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