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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

As Requested-- How to Make CUSTOM RIPPED JEANS

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How to Make your own CUSTOM RIPPED JEANS! Hosted by Mack the Ripper

 Derris Montgomery as Mack the Ripper

"The whole point of creating ripped jeans is so that your brand new jeans look like they've been around a few decades."

Shirt: H&M
Custom Shorts (pants): American Eagle
Scarf: Vendor
Necklace: Kohl's
Shoes: 21 Men
Bracelet: Convention
Belt: Target

"Creating ripped jeans is actually quite simple. All you need is an exact o knife and jeans."

Firstly: There are several TYPES of rips to make.

#1 The Line...

The line is the most simple RIP, and eventually becomes a HOLE.

 DIRECTIONS: Cut a horizontal line in your pants. Duh.

#2 The Screen

Very similar to a HOLE, but instead of exposing your precious flesh and giving you skin cancer, the lines of the jean are left intact.

DIRECTIONS: SCRAPE (do NOT cut) across the jeans in whatever shape you desire, whether a square or a more organic shape as seen here.

#3 Texture

It's important that your jeans are given an overall TEXTURE, so that they look old as shit, in a good way.

DIRECTIONS: Scrape along the POCKETS, BELT LOOPS, and the TOP and BOTTOM EDGE of your pants.


#4 The Ladder

Portia D. as The Legs

Pants: Rave

 This is simply a bunch of lines cut closely underneath each other to resemble ladder pegs.

DIRECTIONS: Put on the jeans and decide where you want your ladder to begin and end. Mark those places in marker or chalk with a small line. 

Then Cut.

This is what it looks like with the raw cut.

Next you wash and dry them, this frays the jeans.

#5 The Gun Shots

"So called because the holes make it look like you got shot in the leg... so if you're into that..."

It actually kind of looks like embroidery.

DIRECTIONS: Mark different size X's or T's and cut along the lines.

Doesn't look like much before the wash, does it?

#6 The Claw

This is one that we experimented with, but we found we really liked it.

DIRECTIONS: Instead of horizontal stripes like with the ladder, mark VERTICAL stripes where you desire them to start and stop. 

We really loved how it turned out being only in the calf area!

Of course, you cut next.

Wow, really does look like she got clawed.

If you haven't gotten the idea, the wash is what makes the MAGIC that is RIPPED JEANS possible. While also increasing elasticity in your pants (i.e. makes those skinny jeans a whole lot tighter)

And after the magical wash and dry, you've got quality claw marks.

There are lots of ways to customize your rips, safety pins, beads, threading. Experiment. Make those jeans you bought yesterday look like a hundred year heirloom. 

You never know, your jeans could start the next Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.


What else do YOU do to customize your wardrobe? Let us know below!


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Photographers: Derris Montgomery and Portia D.
Makeup Artist: Derris Mongtomery
Makeup: NYX Mascara, Mary Kay Foundation


    1. Do u have an email address? I want to email u another look of frayed jeans that I'm trying to achieve.

      1. Hi Monica! Sorry it took so long for us to get back to you, we've been on a hiatus, haha. But we're BACK and we'd LOVE to have you feature your custom look on our blog. Email us:

    2. Thanx for the tips!! They gave me a lot of interesting ideas. I'm totally gonna incorporate safety pins in my denim...add a bit of surprise

      1. Thank you! We're going to do a post on taking your denim to the next level, especially safety pins! We'd love to have you be a part of it. Email us some pics:

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