DIY: How to get the frayed hem jeans

A few weeks ago, we presented fashionable ways to wear denim this spring. A denim trend that can be seen all over Paris (and of course on Instagram) is the raw frayed hem of jeans. I’m not a huge fan of overly ripped jeans, but me wearing trousers with a casually destroyed hemline could be something even my grandfather accepts without constantly telling me that my jeans are broken.

Despite looking for chopped trousers for quite a while, I couldn’t find any with a wash I liked. After having been among the first 100 lucky ones who got a pair of free jeans at the Weekday store opening, I decided to customize my new trousers by myself. Here’s my little DIY manual.

What you need:

– the jeans you want to chop

– chalk

– scissors

– seam ripper OR needle OR wire

Step 1

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Especially for pulling out the white threats (step 4), it’s easier to work with the jeans turned inside out.

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Step 2

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Start cutting off your jeans. To make sure that the final result won’t be too short, map out a thin line with chalk while wearing them.

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Step 3

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Repeat the process described in step 2 for the other trouser leg. Make sure the edges are even and touch up if required.

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Step 4

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If you prefer a clean straight look, you can leave out step 4. In case you want that undone look, you now need to pull out some of the white horizontal threats, one at a time. You could for example use scissors, a needle, a seam ripper or wire. Remove as many threats as you want, but keep in mind that more threats will come out every time you wash the trousers.

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Congratulations, we’re already done and you now have a pair of new old jeans.

Here’s my before and after:

A more playful and creative look can be achieved by making the front part of the jeans shorter than the back. Just take the vertical seam as a separator when chopping.

Text and Images by Vivien Gilow

Additional images via The Zoe Report, Bona Drag shop, Rainy London, They all hate us, Duskjacket-attic


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