I have always had a love affair with denim. Ever since I was a teenager in the 60’s and 70’s.
To me, you can never have too much denim. Jeans, shirts, even handbags. They can feel lush and truly the comfiest garment that anyone can own. I have always said “be true to your blues.” The more you wear them, the better they get. Ya know, the rip in the jeans, a hole in the knee. If you ever had a favorite pair, you know what I mean.
However, there are times when you would really like a new pair that needs a little “chuuzz.” Everyone knows what a little “chuuzz” is right? It is a little personal touch that makes your denim your own. You can do fringing, bleaching, cutting, or fraying.
Sew here is a little DIY on how to fringe and fray a pair of jeans.
A good sharp scissor that cuts denim and heavier fabrics
Pencil or chalk
Ruler – preferably a clear one
Large safety pins, you will probably need a few (which I forgot to enclose in my pic of supplies)
Pair of jeans
Mark your hem with chalk straight across and cut evenly on your jeans to desired length. Leave an additional ½” to allow for fringing/fray. (and of course, I got fancy and did a curve at the side ankle, but a straight hem is fine.) If you have a sewing machine you can do a stitch line ½” to 5/8” up from the bottom. This adds a little more detail and helps make them official looking. Do not worry whether the stitching or the fringe is perfect. It is your first project. As you can see my stitching is not perfect. But sew what? I love the result.
Now you are ready to fringe. Pick at the threads with the safety pin gently. Go slow. Rushing breaks the threads and eliminates some of the fringe. It is time consuming, but a perfect project for in front of the TV, watching your favorite streaming series. If you ask yourself is this enough, do a bit more. It takes time, but the result looks like any of the jeans you see in the department stores or your favorite boutiques.
Once the threads have been picked with the safety pin to your liking, put your jeans in the washer. When finished washing you can put in the dryer. It is all part of the fraying process. Once dried remove from dryer and cut any additional frayed threads that look unruly. Finish with a hot iron.
Good luck. I am sure you will do amazing.
Most importantly stay well, wash your hands, and wear a mask.
PS – I had a lot of fun making this how to video and blog. Look for more coming soon! How much fun? Check out my blooper reel…
I am so excited to announce we came in secondplace for DenimJacketDesign at Pink Pop, a Breast Cancer Awareness Event in Huntington, Long Island, in collaboration with interior decorator Katharine Jessica. Here is my winning design:
Pink Aid’s mission is to help underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening to women in financial need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. I couldn’t be more proud to support such a worthy cause. Have a fabulous day… Nancy Sinoway
One of the things that I take great pleasure and pride in is upcycling and recycling vintage denim and fabircs. What’s old is new again (and again and again.) My beautiful friend and Interior Decorator Annette Jaffe is wearing in her vintage Levi jacket customized with old patchwork cashmere sweaters. Talk about comfy and warm!!!
This version even comes with interior pockets – what do you think Annette will keep in hers?
Would you like your own vintage denim jacket brought back to life? Contact me and we’ll talk!