By Madison Dzikowicz
I know, I know, it’s hard to believe anyone could be a jeanius, but I’ve got the receipts to show it. I have done my fair share of thrift shopping and have had my fair share of buys that I thought I would rock, but never did. These red Ralph Lauren jeans are one of those buys. I had the intention of getting them to pair with anything and everything, instead they just sat in my closet for, well, years. I can’t be the only person this has happened to, but fear not, there is a solution! Let the jeanius show you how it’s done!
The first step in this little how-to is to take a before picture because after we’re done, you’ll want to show everyone you know.
Okay, great first step! Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to get a pair of scissors. If you have fabric scissors it will be a lot easier to cut through the thick denim, but don’t worry if you don’t have any!
I put on the jeans to measure where I wanted to cut them and folded the leg up. If you have seamstress chalk you could use that or even a pen. Just make sure you can see the mark!
I folded the jeans in half so that I could see the length I wanted to cut the leg that I did not measure. I cut along the line that the folded leg makes and there you have it, one leg down!
Now, use the shorter leg as a measurement for the one you folded up. Then you have two legs that should be the same length!
The really fun part is up next! We are going to take these jeans and bleach a pattern onto them! I got the inspiration for this pair’s design from the brand Eckhaus Latta, @eckhaus_latta on Instagram! As seen below.
A few SAFETY TIPS: Whenever you work with bleach make sure it’s in an open area with good airflow. Make sure to put something down to protect your working surface (I put down an old cardboard box) because we don’t want any bleach spots somewhere it doesn’t belong. And lastly, wear protective gloves and clothes that you don’t mind if they potentially get ruined. Safety first!
I wanted my design to have a little asymmetrical vibe, so I only wanted to bleach one leg! I taped the jeans to the box so that they wouldn’t move and potentially mess up my design.