How to Age Jeans

Post by Sharon

People are paying hundreds of dollars a pair for jeans that look aged/vintage/torn/faded/distressed/bleached/frazzled.

How do you make your own? 

My first suggestion is to use real denim, not the stretchy stuff they have on the market everywhere now. Good old-fashioned Levi's work good. 

In those areas that tend to show wear, like the butt and the thighs/knees, consider using sandpaper. A power sander would be best and a lot easier. 

Acidic things like coffee, vinegar, lemon juice can help to accelerate fading and to break the fabric down.  Some vinegar in the wash is a good way to move things along faster. 

As weird as it sounds, wear them in the tub. They start to conform to your body as you move around wet.

A razor is a good way to pick at an area, pull threads, tear apart. The knees are the first to go, let the strings hang out. 

Remember the shorts of your early 70s youth? They were jeans that were cut off, frayed on the ends, and the bottom of the pockets showed out of the bottoms of the shorts. Now, there's a blast from your past! 

Consider converting ill-fitted jeans into a purse or bag for your computer tablet.