This story starts with a pair of jeans.
They fit relatively well when I bought them as part of my massive haul from Thrift Town in San Francisco a few months back ($5.99). Unfortunately boot cut is not the most flattering on me… I only wear skinnies!
Inspiration for these jeans came from Isabel Marant S/S 12… aren’t they fabulous!
Net a Porter had these at £225, but they are now sold out. Not to worry though, I’m making my own pair!
In making these, I used an excellent tutorial from thefashionguitar.com, which I highly recommend. Here’s my take on it.
First, I made the boot cuts into skinnies. Wearing the jeans inside out, I pinned out the excess down the outside of both legs, then stitched along the lines. You can see the bottoms have already been taken up!
Here’s what they look like right side out. Not great, but they’ll do.
Next, using the tutorial, I scrunched up the jeans adding elastic bands/elastic as I went along.
Basically you put the balled-up jeans into a bucket of bleach and leave it there until it’s changed colour.
I had to leave mine all day and all night…. before rinsing in the washing machine….
But when they came out…. WOW!
I was completely smitten with them already at this stage. I think the back is even better than the front!
All that was left to do was take ‘em up a bit and then think of a way of styling them that doesn’t make them look too ‘out-there’.
Over at thefashionguitar.com, she styles her jeans with a white shirt and black jacket like so…
Which is nice, but I think something a bit more colourful would also work. Maybe something like this? (Testing my theory that everything goes with ‘nude’ sequins)
Or something in between, like this…. (taken at my friend’s Birthday celebrations at Les Trois Garcons recently…)
But which is better? There’s only one way to find out…