Ever since Yomaira posted about our store “makeover” I’ve been asked repeatedly how I got my old Habitual skinny jeans distressed and bleached etc.
Step 1: Find a jean that just needs an update. Preferably one that’s not so worn thin that it can withstand some abuse.
Step 2: Decide where you want the bleaching or streaking and in those areas consider running a simple sewing stitch through to create gathering. (try to use synthetic thread but either will do). If you don’t care about a pattern or placement just throw those bad-boys in the tub/shower and get ready to bleach (“resist-dye”)
Step 3: I began using as prescribed on some crafting websites a solution of bleach/water of 1/10. I found that the high-quality of my Habitual denim (Same happened with my NSF by the way) was not allowing any change to happen! I gradually increased the bleach porportion until it was 1/1. I used a spray bottle at first but then eventually just found myself throwing the solution all over the jeans.
Step 4: Wait. I monitored carefully to make sure i didn’t go “too far” as i was using such a highly concentrated solution with bleach. I didn’t want to burn a hole in them (or did I….hmmm. next time!) I think I left it on at least 15 minutes but depending on the saturation of the original dye in the denim the time could be shorter.
Step 5: When I achieved the effect I wanted, i put the jeans in a bucket and used hydrogen peroxide as a “stop agent” to prevent further discoloring or even holes.
Lastly: I just washed alone on cold in the washing machine.
Oh, and as far as the paint splotches. You just have to get busy and do a little makeover on your own walls and undoubtedly you’ll get paint on yourself. Pretty silly.
There you go.