Sunday, 8 April 2012

DIY: How to customize denim shorts EDITED.

This is a re-post, I have edited it and improved it for you x
I bought a pair of Levi's recently, I decided to customise them. I wanted to create a pair of Levi's similar to the ones you can buy at runwaydreamz but without there massive $140-60 price tag. 

What you will need:
bleach
scissors
strong denim jeans or ready made shorts (make sure its strong or the bleach will pull the fabric apart)
studs
sand paper
old paintbrush.
glass of water
gloves! 
Dylon Hand Wash Dye.
Salt for the dye
Patience
1. cut the legs off the jeans, cut on a diagonal line, It's best to mark the line with a pen. Cut to a length where there is still room if you go wrong also pull the lining of the pockets out so that you don't cut them whilst cutting the legs.



2: Get your stuff together.


3. pour the bleach on and wait for about 5 Min's, then test to see if it has worked then put shorts on a short cycle in the washing machine or if you don't have access to one, wash them well in a sink entil the bleach has all gone.

3.now you can cut them again now you have done the bleaching and rinsing.


4: rub bits of with sandpaper to create a distressed/worn look. 
after you have rubbed it with sandpaper if you put it in a tumble dryer (on its own) It will get a more commercial finish to the holes and frays.

 5: this step is optional but i added some studs to my shorts you can buy them very cheaply on eBay.


6. if you want to dye them there are an array of different dylon HAND WASH dyes to buy online or in stores like dunelm mill. Then follow the instructions and dip the shorts in for about 45 Min's. Once dyed wash the dye out and you should be left with something like this. Also once you have used the dye please be kind to our planet, if you have any squash bottles or milk bottles that are empty and clean re-bottle the dye and it works just as well the second time and it doesn't cost you a penny.


Thank you for reading 
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If you have any tips please feel free to tell me in the comment box 
Rose x

 Like these shorts? buy them here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270960656476?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1586.l2649

62 comments:

  1. I love this tutorial! Thank you for posting this! x

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  2. thanks for the post on this,i love it,defo going to try it tomorrow!x

    check out my blog x
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  3. This is awesome! I'm definitely going to be try this out.

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  4. great diy, i really love it!
    nice to meet your blog!

    xx

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  5. that such a cool idea :) xx
    http://emeli-j.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. That is so awesome! I loved how they ended up looking)) & with the studs. Nice post,

    souvenirspourtoujours.blogspot.com
    x

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  7. Lovely post & Amazing photos!

    Pls look also at my blog my dear & become a friend <3

    XO, Carmen
    www.mydailyfashiondosis.blogspot.com

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  8. omg...what a great idea...love them
    btw lets follow each other
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  9. Thanks for following my blog, I appreciate it :) These shorts are a fantastic DIY, they look really good!

    Alice X

    http://theviewfromthemorning.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! x and thanks for the follow x

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  10. these look amazing! who knew its so easy.. definitely inspired x

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  11. Cool tutorial, thank you for sharing this ! ^^ I've chopped of legs from two of my jeans, but they're still waiting for me to make something more to them :D This was nice inspiration!


    x Satu

    Indie by Heart

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  12. great post, very inspiring (:
    thanks for ur lovely comment by the way,
    Let's follow eachother! xxx

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  13. this is an amazing DIY, thanks a lot for sharing!
    thanks a lot for stopping by my blog btw, I'm now following yours via GFC, would really appreciate it if you followed mine back :)

    love,
    -Giuliana
    http://www.suededreamsinc.com

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  14. Wow they look amazing, yey you! We adore Runway Dreamz but yes, the prices are :O

    J xxx

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    1. Thanks Haha, yeah they're unbelievable! x

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  15. These are really sweet! You should check some of the DIY's on my page :) TheBlogture.com

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  16. These look awesome! Great work lady :D
    Oooh and I am now your 100th follower xox

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  17. Love this post! I love the finish look! Now following!

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  18. wow they look amazing! Very clever, love the dyed ones :-)

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the DIY! It really is such a money saver.

    http://heydahye.blogspot.com/

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  20. Great DIY, dear. You're so creative. Amazing ya! May you more creative make post.

    Wanna follow each other sweetie?

    Have a nice day!
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  21. Very fashion DIY ! we are your followers now... thank you for coming to us!

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  22. wow these look amazing! so helpful!

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  23. wow! amazing DIY!!!
    http://natcosmetics.blogspot.com/

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  24. i will have to try this, love the shorts! xx

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  25. Omg this is so amazing how it turned out! :O I'm fascinated. :)

    http://annchica.blogspot.com ♥

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  26. What a great idea!!! I'm going to try this, and I will def let you know how they turn out!

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  27. these look incredible i love them!! definitely going to give this a go! love your blog, following :)
    emma xo

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  28. OH MY GOODNESS they look fantastic! definitely try this out! :) x LOVE ur blog my dear!

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  29. AMAZING!! this has been bookmarked <3

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  30. Wow, these are absolutely amazing you clever bee! x

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  31. what kind of jeans would i need to do this? Could i use just an old pair of skinnies or would they look too tight?

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    1. Skinnys would probably be too tight and if they were skinny jeans they are probably not a thick enough denim you need to use a good quality thick denim because bleach will make skinny jean denim fall apart, I recommend going to a couple of charity shops and finding a nice pair of thick jeans levis or lee or wranglers are always the best quality xo

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