How to Make Rad Skater Pants





Want a cool pair of skater jeans? Make them yourself!

Steps

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    Gather jeans, scissors, matching thread and a sewing machine.
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    Put on the jeans and examine their fit. Skater pants usually fit snugly in the crotch.
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    Remove the pants and turn them inside out.
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    Stitch a tighter inner thigh seam using the sewing machine. You may stitch by hand, but the sewing machine will create a stronger stitch.
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    Turn the pants right side out and try them on. Be sure they fit as you intended. They should be tight, but comfy in the crotch.
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    Remove the pants and turn them inside out.
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    Cut away any excess fabric beyond the stitching - as long as you're satisfied with the fit.
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    Add an additional stitch for reinforcement. Skaters are usually pretty active in their jeans. You'll want a strong stitch in this area.
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    Distress your jeans outdoors.
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    Gather scissors, a grater, coarse sandpaper, bleach, a glass jar and a child's paintbrush.
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    Create a few small holes in the fabric. Rub a grater or coarse sandpaper in several different directions over the fabric in random areas. This will loosen the fibers.
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    Create a few small holes in the fabric. Cut and tear horizontal holes at the knees. Cut a few one to two-inch holes randomly in the fabric.
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    Fray the bottom of each pant leg by trimming away a tiny strip of fabric along the hemline.
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    Place your jeans on the grass or pin them to the clothesline.
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    Pour a small amount of bleach in the glass jar.
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    Dip the paintbrush in the bleach and dab your jeans randomly with the brush.
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    Wait three minutes for the bleach to change the color of the fabric.
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    Quickly return to the house with your jeans and rinse them with water to stop the bleaching process.
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    Wash the jeans separately in the washing machine.
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    Shrink your jeans, by placing them in the dryer, for a tighter fit.

Tips

  • Use rubber gloves and an apron while bleaching.
  • The holes and trimmed hemline will naturally fray each time you wash your jeans.

Warnings

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. These create a potentially lethal gas.
  • Use caution with liquid bleach.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Grater
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Bleach
  • Glass jar
  • Child's paintbrush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron

Article Info

Categories: Sporty Styles | Jeans | Sewing Pants