DYI: HOW TO COSTUMIZE YOUR JEANS
10 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR JEANS A LIMITED EDITION AND A WORK OF CUSTOM ART!
You went to get that superb pair of jeans or that denim jacket you wanted for months!!! The next step? Customize your jeans to make it exclusive. I'll explain how.
If you follow my "custom art" on Instagram and Facebook (@custom_denim_milano), you've already seen my many pairs of painted jeans. I had so many people asking the same questions about these jeans, so instead of continually answering every single person, I decided to do a complete informative tutorial so I could do it at home! I will publish some posts at a time that are not meant to teach you how to create a precise design, but instead offers you the tools and suggestions you need to be able to customize and paint any jeans you choose!
If you don't have the time or the patience to make them yourself, I sell them HERE.
10 STEPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CUSTOM ARTWORK
1. ORIGINAL PATCHWORK
If there is a way to make the new jeans feel absolutely yours, this is it. Our favorite patchworks are the eccentric ones obtained from the recycling of old silk or woolen scarves, curious patches made from old scarves or the extravagant ones obtained from children's clothes. Think of ice cream cones, fried eggs, and packs of chewing gum. Remember, the more special and extravagant your patch will be, the more original and exclusive your jeans will be. This type of work involves mending the patch on your jeans by hand.
2. METALLIC STUDS
Head to the Custom Jeans store in Milan, where we now offer a denim customization service, with the possibility of inserting studs in gold or silver that you can spread on jeans and jackets. Let's say you can insert them anywhere, scattered on the fabric or to attach to pockets, lapels, and collars.
3. IRREGULAR RIMS AND TEARS
Create your own by cutting an irregular hem at the ankle (short in front, longer at the back) and gradually fray the edges. Or add custom tears to give your jeans a "damaged" and "vintage" effect.
4. WRITE YOUR NAME OVER YOUR JEANS
Custom Jeans Milan's recently updated in-store customization service now offers name writing on all jeans pieces, as well as patching, colored lapels, studs, and so on. The options are endless.
5. ACRYLIC COLORS PAINTING
Acrylic is permanent and does not come off easily from clothes. We will need a few steps:
- TAPING: Choose which part of the jeans you want to paint on and put the tape around it. For example, if you want to paint the pocket, put the tape under the edges of the pocket to make sure that the paint does not enter that part.
- BASIC PAINT: Paint the entire pocket with 1-2 layers of white acrylic paint. You shouldn't be able to see blue jeans. This base paint will make POP colors instead of blending with blue denim. It also creates a barrier so that the colors do not penetrate the denim. Be careful to choose the right acrylic paint. Some acrylic paints are transparent, which means that everything they are painted on shows the fabric underneath. If you try to paint a transparent yellow on blue denim, you will end up with a greenish-yellow.
- CREATE YOUR DESIGN: This is usually the most important step. The one in which I draw my subject/image on the white background. Use a thin black pen that can easily be pulled onto the painted (completely dry) pocket.
- START PAINTING!
- REMOVE THE TAPE: Let's get your painting dry completely and then take the tape off slowly.
- HEAT SETTING: The best way to ensure that the paint stays on the jeans is to make it very warm. This is called a heat setting. It's very simple and there are 2 ways to do it: Press the back of the painting for 5-7 minutes on top. DO NOT iron the front of the painting - turn the jeans over and iron the inside!!! In my opinion, ironing is the best way to make the color stick well because the heat is directly applied precisely to the part you have painted (for example the pocket). Or throw the jeans in the dryer! Make sure the paint is completely dry (the acrylic dries almost immediately if it is not painted too often) and then throw it in the dryer at medium-high temperature for 15-25 minutes. Easy! Some time ago I also used the hairdryer on the front of my painted jeans, but it takes much longer and it's not as hot as an iron. The acrylic paint turns into plastic once dry and creates a strong and shiny "skin". The heat setting helps reinforce resistant plastic.
WASHING AND CARE: Although acrylics are permanent on clothes, they can fade slightly during washing. I suggest to always wash them upside down and with a delicate cycle. Do not use bleach or fabric softener and use a mild detergent. Alcohol of any kind can also damage the color. The washing information will be at the bottom of this post!
6. OVERSIZE KNEE PATCHES
Use old jeans to cut them into large rectangular patches to sew on the knees of another pair of jeans. For maximum effect, choose two contrasting shades of denim.
7. BUY SOME BADGES
For a quick update of your denim, create a collection of thermo-adhesive patches, badges, and pins that you can easily attach to your favorite pieces. If you don't want to spend money on a garment with patches, the solution is the thermo-adhesive patch, to be added to the jeans you already own. These types of patches have a glue on the back that is activated by heat. Ironing is the easiest way to do it. This method seems more orderly because there are no sewing lines.
Set the patch in the desired location and cover with a thin fabric (this prevents the patch from being damaged by heat). Then place the iron on the patch and press evenly.
And that's it!
8. DECORALS WITH BEADS, CRYSTALS, AND SWAROVSKI
To achieve this, start choosing the pearls that would go well with your jeans. So now just thread the needle and sew the beads, making your design. Play with it until you are satisfied with the result.
9. APPLICATION OF REVERSE PATCHES
The "patch applied back" (reverse patching) is a technique suitable for covering holes or lacerations on jeans or to further improve the beauty of jeans by adding a contrasting fabric.
It is made by cutting out the fabric you intend to apply with the same shape as the hole in the jeans, then sewn onto the back of the tear. The use of a raised sewing thread or a zigzag stitch serves to embellish the design of the denim.
In this method, the final product usually has a tidy finish and a distinctive appearance.
10. MAKE YOUR WAY
Last but most important of all the advice is "do your own thing". Experiment and create new systems to personalize your jeans using the most disparate and new materials, borrowing them from the boyfriend's garage, or the hardware store; your jeans will have a unique taste and design.