Wednesday, February 27, 2013

An Ode to Designer Jeans and Refashion Tut

Aw, the early 2000's. I don't know what to call that time, so that's what I'm going to call it.
Just like every other 18-24 year old girl, I donned my chunky Tiffany and Co. necklaces, Coach purses, way-too-thick-and-light highlights and ridiculously expensive designer jeans. Gone are the days where I wouldn't bat an eye at spending $250 for designer labels on my back pockets. Nowadays, I can justify expensive classic/timeless pieces in my wardrobe, but wouldn't even consider throwing out that kind of dough on some pants I'll sooner than later decide I hate. It was different then. I worked part time to pay for my gas and clothes, and saving/investing/raising a family would come later. And although now it's definitely not a matter of being able to afford it, I seem to now realize that what I *needed* then is not what I *want* anymore.
Sigh... Growing up.
However, you'll notice, I have infact held onto these jeans for this long for a reason. Every time I'd go to clear out my closet for donations, there was a sense of nostalgia that these jeans offered. Carefree selfish days... and the fact that I indeed still fit in my jeans from when I was 18 (three-babies-later) made them that much harder to abandon, trophy anyone? So, to the keep pile they stayed.
Alas, even as trophy pants, I don't think I'll ever want to rock the flare bottom heavy jeans again. However, I WILL repurpose them into something I DO want to wear now. Oh, the wheels are a'churnin.
On weekends, I'm usually sporting a J.Crew solid t shirt, sandals, cut off shorts and a baseball cap to Caleb's games, especially during the hellishly hot summer months in Texas.
These pants may have lost their fashionable attributes over time, but they are perfect for some good ol' frayed edge cut offs... And with a little pink lace embellishment, why not?
I hand dyed this lace pink years ago, and never used it. I think now is time for it's revival.

Materials: Citizens of Humanity Jeans, lace, scissors.
1. Try on your jeans, mark where you want to cut, and add about 1/2" to be safe. You can always go shorter, but never longer... and no one wants to see your donk hanging out of your shorts, for real.
2. Always cut the back of your shorts 1" longer than the front to avoid problem above.

3. Wash and dry the newly cut shorts to achieve frayed edge.
4. Play with the placement of your embellishement. I thought about doing cut outs at the side, but thought better of it since I mayyy be a little too old for that. I never want to be that mom, if you know what I mean.
5. Pin lace in desired place.
6. Sew into place. I started with the outside and worked my way in.

And there you have it, perfect cut off shorts for the cost of $0.00.
Even if I only put these in rotation a few times, it definitely beats the zero use they were getting before. The sewing ability on this is basically a never-sewed-in-your-life kind of project. If you can thread a machine, you can sew on some lace. If you feel so anti-sewing machine (ahem- my twin sister) you could even hand sew some lace on.
As usual, if you have any questions, comment or email! I've been able to respond within a day lately given the sleepiness of newborns (loooove this age), so take advantage of that before she realizes my arms are a much better vantage point.