I am having sever spring/summer fever! I am so anxious for the new season, I can hardly take it. So obviously, I want to pull out my spring/summer wardrobe! I only have one pair of jean shorts and to be honest, I am really picky about shorts because the length is always hard to get right. I don't like super short shorts, but if they are too long, they look like a weird in-between capris and man's cut off shorts mixture. So after a fun sale at Goodwill, I brought home these high waisted mommy jeans and planned to have some fun with them!
Here's what you need:
High Waisted jeans or long shorts
So the first thing I did was cut the shorts. I measured them out by putting the jeans on and marking them with a permanent marker. It's ALWAYS better to cut them longer to avoid them being too short. The key to this look is angling your cut from the crotch to the sides of the thigh. So in essence, start your cut low in the crotch and gradually angle upwards towards the outer thigh. (You can see the slight angle in the picture above.)
Next I made small incisions throughout the bottom of the shorts to give it that distressed look. Make sure when you are making incisions that they aren't very close to one another. Otherwise, after the washing machine and dryer, you will get gaping holes in your shorts instea of small tears.
Next throw your jeans in bathtub or another bowl. Put on some gloves and then splatter both sides of your shorts with bleach. Let the bleach pool in some areas and just keep the bleach splatter uneven. Keep an eye on your shorts for the next 10-15 minutes. If they appear to be bleaching to the hue you want, rinse immediately. It may take more than 15 minutes depending on the kind of jeans or it may take only a few minutes. Just keep an eye on them.
Next, throw them in the washing machine and then the dryer. Now it has that "distressed" look with stray tears. Now grab your studs and go crazy. Push the studs in wherever you want. I put some on the front and the back pocket. You can find these studs at any hobby store. I bought mine at hobby lobby for $1.50.
The whole project altogether cost me under $4! A far cry from the $25+ you would spend to buy a comparable pair at the mall or online!