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 I have tons of old jeans in my closet that I can still wear but they are too plain. How can I turn those plain ugly jeans into something fashionable?


  I asked Brett from All That Glitters for some tips on how to spice up those old jeans and make them more fashionable and exciting. Here are her recommendations:

1. Get a package of "RIT" dye in your favorite color from your local craft store or supermarket. Then tie rubber bands in and around all different areas of the jeans. In luke warm water place three tablespoons of dye, then dunk your jeans in for about a minute. Rinse through until the water is clear, then hang dry. Instead of paying $80 in a specialty shop, you have one of a kind tie-dyed jeans.

2. Follow the instructions above (except the rubber band part) dye the entire jean, this process is called over dying. You can see an example of this in stores like the Gap for $65.

3. Go to your local Target or sewing supply store and buy a seam ripper; a tool that helps rip seams apart easily. Using the seam ripper very carefully (so you don't rip the jeans) take the back pockets off completely, then (this only works on button fly jeans) carefully take off the waistband. This style has been made popular by Mariah Carey over the last couple of years. It is simple do just have patience and do not rush or you will ruin the jeans.

4. Using your seam ripper, slice the sides of your jeans all the way to the top pocket. Then buy two packages of 1 1/2" safety pins, placing them about 1" apart holding the two sides together. Be careful not to stick yourself; also this style works best on slightly larger jeans.

5. Gather some old clothes that you don't wear any more. (This style is for anyone with a sewing machine and sewing experience) Cut your old clothes into 3" squares. Sew the squares all over the jeans in different directions, on top of each other, over the seams, any which way. This will give the jeans that awesome hobo look that is so popular in London right now.

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Answered On:
5/13/2003 8:55:12 AM


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