The other day whilst I was doing a little (early) Spring cleaning, I came across a pair of GUESS jeans that I never wear. I was naturally about to toss them into the Salvos pile until I remembered how good they fit around my waist and bum. Thinking about it I realised the only problem was that the length was more suited to a 6ft super model and I thought to myself ‘c’mon, if you haven’t gotten them altered by now are you ever going to?” the firm answer in my brain being “NUP”. Then it came to me to try to make use of them somehow. Usually, I would get way ahead of myself eager for the warmer weather and cut my old jeans into some shorts but one can only have so many pairs of denim shorts, right? So I thought maybe it would be better to cut them into a style I’ve seen #croppingup (pun intended) all over the net lately. Cropped fringe jeans. Perfect for Spring as they are just above the ankle and force us to put away them winter-y boots and considering we are almost well and truly done with winter it seemed perfect timing!
My jeans were so long that I needed to don a pair of stilts underneath them just to avoid the hem dragging in the mud (or maybe I’m just really short.. we can’t all have Victoria Secret model legs can we!!). This being said, I needed to cut off a fair amount, but if you have a pair of jeans kicking about that are already of a decent length then you wont need to cut off too much. The style of these jeans is to be above the ankle but not high enough to be 3/4 length. All you will need to create these bad boys are some scissors and tweezers, oh and some jeans. And maybe a little bit of a crafty side.. but that’s it!
- Put the jeans on first and then measure and mark roughly on one leg where go would like them to finish
- Take a book (or anything with a straight edge) and draw a straight line across the leg where you have marked
- Fold the jeans in half lengthways lining them up at the hem (I just held mine upside down holding the hem) then lay them on a flat surface
- Cut across the line making sure you are cutting both legs of the pants so that they are the same. We don’t want you looking all uneven, peg leg style!
- Try them on to make sure you’re happy with the length. Too short? You can either rock it or cut them into some 3/4 length pants girlfriend!
- Draw a line about 1 inch above the hem line (or however long or short you want the fringe to be)
- Cut strips roughly 1-2cm apart from the hem to the line you drew in 6 all the way around on both legs
- Now comes the fun part! I say fun.. but that may be a slight stretch of the truth. It really did start off fun, but if you are anything like me and wont stop until you can see the finished product then it becomes a bit of a nightmare. Get some tweezers and
pull the white threads away from the blue threads. I tried to photograph this to the best of my ability but once you get the hang of it you will start to be able to pull out 3 or 4 threads at a time. SPEED DEMON! Keep unravelling until you reach the end of the cut, and repeat on each strip
- Continue to do this for a million hours. I kid.. But seriously, I did it all in one sitting and this part took me roughly 2 hours so be warned! If you cant stand being crafty for that amount of time then I recommend breaking up the job over a couple of nights in front of the telly watching the last of the summer Olympics
Aaahh, it really was worth it in the end guys. Even though I felt like I was going cross-eyed and thought I would never regain use of my opposable thumb again, I am so happy with the way they turned out. Now I’ve got a new pair of jeans for free! #SCORE! The Salvos missed out this time I’m afraid , but who knows what the future holds. I’ll probably look back on these photos 5 years from now and cringe thinking “why oh why?!” But for now I’m just going to ease my way into Spring/Summer 2016 showing a little bit of skin at a time.
If you are as crazy and DIY loving as myself then these are a cheap and easy way of refreshing a pair of tired (or in my case ill-fitting) jeans. Let me know how yours turn out!
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