Jean Dilemma DIYs

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Have you ever fallen in love so deeply that you overlook the bad, and highlight only the good? And then you get home and realize that the fit/shape/cut/color is all wrong? We’ve all fallen in love with a pair of jeans, that by all intents and purposes is perfect, except for one little setback. But one tiny problem can’t stand in the way  of true love, right? Right. With these simple DIY fixes, all of your jean dilemmas are a thing of the past. AND you won’t have to spend a dime on therapy afterwards, retail therapy that is.

Learn how to make your jeans a little more rough around the edges with this denim distressing DIY!

Does your favorite denim need darning? If your go-to pair needs a helping mend, use this DIY to make them almost brand new!

created at: 08/19/2013If your pair is picking up dust as you walk, use this DIY to hem those jeans like a pro!

If your jeans fit everywhere but your waist, it may be time to take them in at a side seam.

pink pants headerAre your jeans making you feel blue? Dye them with this DIY, and your friends will be green with envy!

Denim Days Inspiration

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Lately we’re really feeling jeans that are jazzed up. With the holidays right around the corner, adding a little sparkle or flair to your pair makes them all the more festive. Last year we were all about the embellished sweater, but this time around we think its time that the jeans got a chance to shine! We love the look paired with a basic tee or sweater that really lets the look of the embellished denim shine through.
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Pearl embellished Jeans. These are fabulous I love them.

These embellished jeans from Abercrombie are not only cute, they are on sale: $38.50, down from $128.

 

Trend We Love: Overalls

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Ever since Pippi Longstocking’s debut, overalls have been in style. Although they took a quick break in the fashion circuit they are coming back with a bang. The traditional style has been transformed in a very modern way. The once conservative look can now be seen in cutting edge colors, and unexpected fabrications. How will you be rocking the look this summer?

Overalls

Overalls in lime_Philip Lim

Overalls with sparkled shirt

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Overalls in pink_Phillip lim

Overalls with striped shirt

Top 5 Upcycled DIY Projects

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Making Eco-friendly fashion choices can be very costly. Rather than purchasing an Eco friendly garment, revamp something you already have. Earth Day has allowed us to reevaluate the many ways we can refashion our own items. Here are some of our favorite up-cycled DIY projects.

Denim BraceletMich L in LA: Wear your Jeans as a Bracelet Tutorial

Tie NecklaceArstar by Althea: Upcycled Tie Necklace Tutorial

ms not so perfectMs. Not So Perfect: T-Shirt Scarf

TrashtoCouture2Trash to Couture: Basket Weave Old Shirts

Denim Slippers from JeansJeans Guardian: Denim Slippers

Don’t forget to tweet us some of your upcycled DIY projects. #mjtrim

Top 5 DIY Denim Shirts

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The denim shirt is a staple in almost every girl’s wardrobe, and we love taking it to the next level by adding a DIY spin to our chambray shirts. Once again, we’ve turned to our favorite DIY bloggers for inspiration – we love seeing all the cool DIYs that they’ve dreamed up! From cut-outs to tie-dye, see our favorites below.

DIY Ombre Denim Shirt by Style Scrapbook

 

 

DIY Denim and Lace Shirt by A Beautiful Mess

DIY Scarf Denim Shirt by Gypsie Sister

DIY Cut Out Denim Shirt by A Pair and a Spare

DIY Tie Dye Denim Shirt by Honestly WTF

Editorial Inspiration

Bleach-splattered denim and grungy mesh patches? We think we’re in heaven. This spread in Vision China is so effortlessly cool; we just want to DIY all of those rough accents onto our own clothes and hang around downtown NYC. Anyone agree?

DIY Lace Cutoffs

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Summer’s here, which means we’re ready to slip into our trusty denim cutoffs again. But this summer we couldn’t help but add a little DIY magic to our old jean shorts. So with a bit of lace and some simple sewing materials from M&J Trimming, we whipped up these lace-trimmed shorts that we’ll be living in all summer long. Try it out yourself and let us know how it turns out!

Supplies: 

Directions:
1. Cut a triangle out of your shorts that is roughly the shape of the lace. Make sure the triangle is centered on one of the side seams of the shorts.
2. Cut out a piece of lace in your desired size. You don’t have to use all of the trim – feel free to cut off the edges to get the right shape! Then pin the lace in place on top of the shorts.
3. Thread your needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread, and start sewing the lace to your shorts, pulling the needle in and out. Make sure you sew both the inner and outer edges. Once you have it all sewn down, tie a few knots where you finish, cut off the rest of the thread, and you’re all set. Now go show off your shorts!

Top 5 DIY Jeans

Even though summer is quickly approaching, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to our trusty jeans. Plenty of DIY bloggers have been jazzing up their classic denim, and we have loved looking through all of their tutorials. From floral print to tie-dye, you can seriously do anything with a pair of jeans! See our favorite DIYs below.

1. Jason Wu Inspired Denim by A Pair & A Spare

2. DIY Tie Dye Denim by Swell Mayde

3. DIY Floral Print Jeans by Love Maegan

4. DIY Ombre Bleached Jeans by Taby’s Meow

5. DIY Galaxy Jeans by The Sun Was High

Top 5 Blogger Shorts DIYs

With summer on its way, there’s no better time to DIY a trendy pair of shorts. We scouted through our favorite DIY blogs to find the best shorts tutorials – check out our picks!

1. Floral Print Denim Short by Swell Mayde

2. Distressed Denim Cutoff Shorts by A Pair & A Spare

3. Scalloped Shorts by Boat People

4. Embellished Short by P.S. I Made This

5. Leopard Print Short Shorts by Because I’m Addicted

DIY Beaded Fringe and Denim Cuff

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So, as many of you may or may not already know, I am absolutely in love with beaded fringe and certainly cuffs.  This week I’ve decided to combine my two loves, and am loving the result.  Hope you dig it too.

Materials:

  • ½ yard 3” beaded fringe
  • 1 package of ss30 nail heads
  • Scarp denim (I used a piece 2 ½” wide and 9” long.  The length measurement depends upon your wrist size.  Take your measurement and add 2”)
  • Craft glue
  • 1 12” separating zipper
  • Ez rhinestone setter  or you could use the side of a pencil t o finish the prongs of your nail heads
  • Needle and thread

 

Instructions:

  1.  Cut your denim into 4 equal sections and cut 3 pieces of fringe 2 ½” pieces.
  2. I used a little glue to secure the pieces of fringe between 2 pieces of my denim and stitched.  Stitch as close to the twill tape of the fringe as possible so that it will not be visible from the other side.
  3. Mark two columns down the two center panels of your denim cuff.  My marks are 1/2” apart.
  4. Apply nail heads at your marks
  5. Fold the ends of your cuff over ¼”, you may press this down or secure it with a little glue or stitch. 
  6. Attach the bottom portion of your zipper to finished ends.  To shorten the zipper cut the top portion off, then using a needle and thread wrap some thread around the top tooth.  Doing so will keep the zipper from coming off the teeth.
  7. Wear and Enjoy!