Distress Your Denim TONIGHT!

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    You’ve probably tried distressing your denim at home before — but do you know how to do it properly so you get the result you want? Today, we’re showing you distressing done right! All you need are a few simple tools to get started.

    Becca Frucht: Allison McNamara is back with style survival. This week she is showing us how to distress your own jeans at home.

    Allison McNamara: So really distressed denim is so on point, right now, it's really on trend. We've seen it on everyone, like Alexander Brozio, Kim Kardashian, Sienna Miller and Jessica Alba.

    Becca Frucht: So, how do you do it?

    Allison McNamara: We need few things, you obviously need some jeans, card stock or cardboard, I love this tool, it's a dremel or if you don't have that you use these sandpaper blocks that are really rough and then of course a pen and an X-Acto knife. So the first thing you got to do is try on your jeans, lucky for your guys that you did that off camera, I want to mark the top and bottom of your knee and then the center. You do that so you know where to put that knee exactly when you cut it. So I did that in addition to a few other little lines around where we would actually kind of break.

    Becca Frucht: Right! You want some thing more organic for wear and tear.

    Allison McNamara: Yeah! Kind of like here at the hip bones where you see whiskers is a good place to do it. So I've got one here and one here and then a few sporadically elsewhere. So next thing you want to do you take your card stock or cardboard and have a creative situation here and stick it underneath the first knee and that's --Becca Frucht: And that so you don't actually cut through the jean entirelyAllison McNamara: Exactly! You are so smart. Yes, exactly! So then we take our X-Acto knife, you want to take it and then do these lines first, these three lines, press down relatively hard.

    Becca Frucht: So you actually want to get all the way through the jean. Allison McNamara: You want to feel that card stock at the bottom----Becca Frucht: There we goAllison McNamara: They don't have to be perfect either, that's the beauty of this. So you want to make these little lines about a quarter inch apart that connect the three lines - is when you actually wash them after you've done, this creates a really cool effect.

    Becca Frucht: Right, a very cool look, yes.

    Allison McNamara: You see the potential? I also like the back pockets too, so I'm going to do a little bit here, so you guys can see it. Again; we're doing same step basically over and over again. It's kind of putting a few little slits here and there; you can get creative with how they look. Here is where the dremel and the sandpaper block come into play. This tool is so awesome so you turn it on like this,Becca Frucht: Where did you get it?

    Allison McNamara: I ordered on Amazon. It was like 20 bucks and look how cool this is. Instantly gives it out like scuffed worn in look. You can get a few of these too like sporadically here.

    Becca Frucht: Okay! So just kind of you know wherever the spirit moves you.

    Allison McNamara: Yeah they are kind of aggressive but I like the way they look. All right! So once you've got into place that you like, it's time to throw this into the washing machine. So this is after one wash; can you believe that?

    Becca Frucht: That's very impressive because if you're looking at what you've done here and then the transition to this pair of jeans, a lot went down.

    Allison McNamara: And with more and more washes, they will get cooler and cooler more worn in looking.

    Becca Frucht: There we go!

    Allison McNamara: There you go!

    BeccaFrucht: Distress to impress.

    Allison McNamara: Yes.

    Becca Frucht: All right! Thanks so much Allison.