First of a few DIYs for denim that’ll I’ll be posting about for cheap super looks!
I saw these Murua denim shorts and I was in love.
However, I was not willing to pay $90 , I found them a bit too ripped , as an apple shape high-waisted and me aren’t friends , and Murua’s denim usually goes to size 0/2-2/4 (US) while I’m a size 6/8. So enter DIY!!
I already had a pair of denim that was too boring in my closet, so I figured might as well try
What you’ll need:
Bleach (not the color safe stuff)
A hanger with clips
Nail Buffer (optional)
I had everything at home except for the bleach so my personal cost of materials was $3.00.
$3.00! WTF! SO CHEAP!!
HOW TO STEPS
Step One: Secure the Denim in the Bucket
I had an adjustable hanger which made this a breeze, any hanger with clips should work.
I did this in my bathtub, it’s best done outdoors but I live in an apartment up high and have no backyard.
Step Two: Pour in the Bleach
Fill the bucket with bleach. For this project and the size of my bucket it took all the bottle of bleach I had.
WARNING: Bleach will run! Do not fill it up to the level you want to be bleached, fill it up 2 inches lower than that or more!
With gloved hands make sure your shorts are as straight as possible in the bleach to assure a more even bleach line. If you don’t have gloves you will end up burned So treat your pretty hands nice
Step Three: Leave soaking around 20-30 minutes
If you’re doing this in your bathroom remember to keep your door locked if you have pets and the vent fan on. Bleach can get really noxious!
I used my “stopwatch” option on my iPhone and went in every 10 minutes to check on the bleaching and make sure the hem was straight.
OPTIONAL //WARNING// Step Four: Remove, Wash and Bathe with White Vinegar
This is not a tint to my photo, the bleach looks yellow a bit grody don’t you think That’s okay it’ll look fine soon!
Wash your shorts with water and then wash them with white vinegar and water. This stops the bleaching process. You may be thinking to yourself, “Why stop? I want them white!” It’s because bleach can create holes in your shorts and really degrade them. Don’t worry, they’ll be white!
Warning: As pointed out if you do not thoroughly wash out your bleach you will create a harmful gas (read below in comments) you must thoroughly wash out your bleach or skip the vinegar step.
Step Five: Wash your shorts!
After washing them twice in the washing machine and drying them they are pure white!
I didn’t stick by the 2 inch rule and instead read 1 on-line and learned the hard way about runny bleach. A bit higher than I wanted, but I still love them
Step Six: Optional – Damage them
I cut lines with scissors out then I used a rough nail buffer and started the wear. You don’t need a nail buffer, but it looks more worn and damaged that way. Just buff the hell out of the lines and poof, damage! The more you wear them, the more damaged they’ll look. I wore them twice after this so far and the lines are much more frayed and pretty.
I love these 10x more than the original denim and all it took was an hour total and $3.00 for me to do it. Super easy, huh?
Part of me is thinking of going back in with a light blue RIT fabric dye and creating the fade like the Murua pair, but I do really love the sharp contrast though Like a cloud-line
EDIT/Disclaimer: Your shorts may turn out differently. Bleach is different. Denim is different. A year later and my shorts have held up wonderfully.