ONE little MOMMA: How To Distress Jeans - White Denim

How To Distress Jeans - White Denim

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How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

I recently found myself with a pair of white jeans that fit a little too tightly, so I hadn't been wearing them. I realized that my favorite pair of distressed blue jeans also fit a little snug, but because the knees are split open, I can still move in them. Lightbulb! That was the answer to those white jeans that I wasn't wearing - I just needed to cut them up a bit and they would work perfectly!

While I love distressed denim, I am not a fan of shredded denim all the way up the thigh. I like to keep things covered, so when I distress jeans, I like to rip open the knees and then add a few small distressed areas above the knee that are not see-through. To distress these white jeans, I started with my favorite pair of blue jeans and copied them. 

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

First off, you can see that my white denim jeans are quite a bit longer than the blue jeans. I started by cutting them off into cropped denim. I like the raw edge, and in the summer, I prefer cropped skinny jeans to long ones.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

The only trick with cutting off the ankles is that you should cut the front a little shorter than the back. Because of the knee holes, the front will hang longer if you don't adjust for the extra length that the hole adds. Cut just above the ankle and then try the pants on. You want them to fit right at the ankle or a little above.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

Next, you will cut open the knee holes. If you don't have a pair of jeans to copy, make a mark at the knee while you have your pants on. You don't want to place the hole too high or too low. Take a serrated knife and saw along the knee to create a horizontal cut. The serrated knife will make sure it isn't too clean, but you do want a long slice across the knee. Once it is open, use your hands to pull and rip the hole all the way across the front of the pant.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

You can also use the serrated knife to scrape the denim perpendicular to the cut you just made. This will rough up the fibers around the hole and create more of a natural looking distressed look.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

Next, I wanted to create some distressed patches above the knee. I made one on the near the top of the front pocket on the right leg and one at the top of the thigh on the other side. The trick for distressing without having a gaping hole is to use a razor blade and to cut two horizontal parallel lines in your denim about an inch apart. Then you take tweezers and pull the vertical fibers between the two cuts out one by one. This leaves the horizontal fibers in place, which provide the coverage.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

You can see below how the fibers that need to be pulled out are the vertical ones. This can be a little tedious, but the more careful you are, the better the result.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans

And that is it! You can keep roughing up patches and pulling fibers until you get the look you want. Washing and drying your jeans will finish the raw edges - you will just have to trim off the strings that come out. Practice makes perfect when it comes to distressing, so feel free to try these techniques on any other old jeans before you start on your favorite pair.

How to distress white denim- easy tutorial for modest distressed jeans
Outfit details here

Have you ever tried distressing denim? What are your favorite tips and tricks?


8 comments:

  1. Loved the distressed jeans! They look great! I agree I don't like the jeans too distressed at the thighs either the knees are perfect for me! Haha.

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  2. There's those shoes again! They remind me so much of the white, leather sandals we wore growing up in the 80s. Wait...you all grew up in the 80s right? Or did I just reveal how old I am to everyone?! Oh well, I love the updated version. And I just may attempt to distress some jeans now. You made it look pretty easy.

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