Jeans Fashion & Care : How to Make Jeans Look Vintage


Hi, my name is Mitra Chester, and I’m at Deluxe
Resale Boutique, in Eugene, Oregon, and I’m going to show you how to achieve some vintage
effects on your new jeans. This is a pair of vintage jeans and as you can see, they
have some fading and wear around the edges of the seams. They have some whiskers, they
have some snags, a little wear marks, some fading, some fraying going on, patches maybe.
So, to apply these effects to a new pair of jeans, you’ll need some tools like, some chalk,
some scissors, maybe a bleach pen, some excess patch denim material, an exacto knife, or
you can also use a pocket knife, or razor blade. And, I’m going to show you on this
pair here, how to achieve some of these effects. These are some factory done examples of how
they’ve been applied to some new, some new jeans. So, the first thing we’re going to
do is some whiskers. What you want to do is try the jeans on, and with some chalk, buckle
your leg, and mark where the whiskers naturally occur on your body. For all of these effects,
you want to mark the placement with chalk, when the jeans are on you, so that the placement
lines up and doesn’t look awkward, or fake. So, once you’ve done that, you take the jeans
off and for the whiskers what you’re going to do, is basically go over the chalk marks
with a bleach pen, which needs to be activated with some warm water. So, you can either spray
them with some warm water ahead of time, or just throw them right in the washing machine.
But, you’re tracing over the chalk lines with your bleach pen. You can also achieve a crease
line with bleach pen by ironing a crease, equal distant from the side seams, down the
front and along that line, applying a bead of the bleach pen on the ironed crease line.
The next effect we’re going to talk about is some of the wear along the edges, that
can be done with an exacto knife and basically what you’re going to do, is take the edge
you want and scrape the knife along it, to achieve kind of a fading, and a roughed up
look. You can do it on this along the waist or even along the bottom, but it’s going to
kind of lighten them up, and give you kind of the frayed look. Every single one of these
techniques need to be washed and dried in a hot dryer afterwards, in order for them
to, to experience their full kind of like fraying or whatever, washing out of dyes that
needs to be accomplished. O.k, for patching, you want to basically cut a piece of patched
denim, in the shape that you want. And, whether you’re doing it on an actual hole or not,
if you’re patching a hole, like this, underneath, you can put it over and use various techniques
of stitching across it, or around it, or under and do the same with a sewing machine, or
by hand. To create a hole, which is going to look like this after it’s washed and dried,
you basically draw your hole and cut within the perimeter of the hole, the hole, and then
once it’s washed and dried, it will kind of fray out to the line that you’ve originally
intended. For a slash or a rip, you basically start with a small incision in the denim,
and you can either rip it, or cut it in the direction you want. Again, you want to stick
with a little bit smaller than you’re initially wanting, or finally wanting because it will
fray out a little bit. For larger patterns of fading or wear, you can accomplish that
using sand paper. Some people use a pumice stone, but basically you scrape it across
within the perimeter of the area that you want to fade. This is a one eighty grit sand
paper. You can use rougher, to maybe snag and certain fabrics that contain spandex will
probably snag more than others. But, you can see it’s getting kind of a wear mark look,
and once it’s washed and dried, it can come out basically like that, exposing a little
bit of texture in the denim. So, those are how you can achieve some vintage techniques
on your new jeans. Keep in mind whenever you’re distressing jeans, the distress is actually
real and it will weaken the jeans when you’re wearing them. So, holes even though they may
be created under false circumstances, they’re actually holes and they probably will act
like holes once you wear them so they’ll spread and tear more. So, if that’s what you’re going
for, that’s great. But, keep in mind that you, if you want a little bit of wear out
of your jeans, you don’t want to go hog wild with this. But, good luck!

44 Replies to “Jeans Fashion & Care : How to Make Jeans Look Vintage”

  1. Beans is right.
    To get an authentic vintage look, just get a pair of dry selvege denim and wear them for about 6 months to get the disired distressed look.

  2. OMG,
    use a knife instead of scissors.

    using scissors makes it look fake and the life of the jeans are shortened!
    these holes will get way big, use a knife!

  3. a knife will make the denim unravel and the hole continually larger. you fray the denim way too much with scissors. and it just looks like you cut them with scissors.

    american eagles? wouldnt ever wear american eagle jeans. they are way low quality denim and fit horribly. and ovverpriiced.

    popped polo? okay, not everyone lives in jersey..remember that. pick up raw denim and put wear and tear in ? done it, but sometimes we like to choose where the 'destroyed look' goes. hence the whole idea.

  4. @KyamTroung 40-50? what are you drunk? first of all, jeans mostly run from 60-225. the problem with goodwill is that you dont get a contemporary fit, which is the most important part, how they fit. most jeans from the good will are too baggy, bell bottomed, not slimmer fitted. I do get thrift shop pants and alter them myself, however, this is far too time consuming for most people. also, most people dont have the eye to do it themselves. many people try and hate they way it looks.

  5. imo fake or handmade abrasions /whiskers on jeans look atrocious .
    at least 6 months of straight wear with raw denim looks the best.
    trust me the wait will be worth it

  6. @KyamTroung that's like saying why do people buy suits from georgio armani when you can pick them up from a 2nd hand shop……

    i'd personally take georgio armani..

  7. @cameosam But then again, you aren't paying an extorsionate amount of money for a suit that's wripped, you'd take it back and complain if you bought a torn suit wouldn't you? But with jeans, they look good with bleaching and tears, but why spend a lot of money on them when you can buy a cheap pair and use house hold equipment to do to them, what they've done to the designer jeans.

  8. @lightspeednoodles If you really, honestly believe you can get the same result with house hold goods, go ahead. prove it to yourself and tell us if you succeed (because we all know you won't be posting when you ruin them).

    As for price, there is also the issue of quality and where the denim comes from. Also, the weave itself (shuttle loom or selvedge) makes a difference in terms of quality…

  9. My Raw Naked and Famous jeans took a full year of not washing, hanging and freezing to get the real effects. I don't like faking it.

  10. This is so retarded. All this wasted time for such inconsequential goal. Anyone who needs to do this to feel good has a severe personality disorder.

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