Inspired by little Kingston Rossdale, you know he's my favourite celebaby, I made the little Monster a pair of jeans. [it's killing me editing his name out of all these posts! It's such a cool name! BOOO PHOTO STEALERS BOOO]
You ready for a little tutorial? I bet you are :)
This one is super simple
First grab a pair of jeans that fit your baby well. I got these for $10 from Big W and I am in love. They are the perfect colour and skinny enough for the Monster to be comfortable in them, and trendy.
Get a pair of jeans you're not really in love with.
You'll also need your favourite pair of scissors :) Ooh Shiny. And a GRATER, or any other way you would like to distress some of the patches. Some ways are attacking it with a fork. Or spraying it with bleach ((and letting it dry)) or any other way you can think of.
Get the jeans you are reconstructing and cut them up the inner seam.
Cut out a heap of litlte patches from your denims. Any sizes you want, they don't even have to be rectangular. For ease of sewing I kept mine rectangles :) Find interestign bits in the denim. Rip the butt pockets off an old pair of jeans and you have an interesting two-tone effect. Cut pieces out so the sideseam runs down the middle - or even off centre. Flip bits of Denim back to front for a different shade.
Fold it in half and scrunch it a little. Grate it!
I took a photo of the wrong side. The best side of the grater is this side. If you rub it very hard, it distresses it really well!
Little Monster saw me doing it, then wanted to climb on my lap. He grabbed the grater and the denim straight away and started distressing it himself ((very lightly, but I was amazed!)). Such an intelligent little creature!
I only distressed one piece, but you can do as many as you like!
Open up one of the jeans legs.
Position the patches as you like. I put about half of them on this side, so I had plenty for the other side.
Under the distressed piece, I put a rectangle of cool fabric ((love this series!)). Make the rectangle of fabric about the same size as the denim, because you don't want it not getting stitched to the jeans if it is too small.
Choose a thread that is denim friendly. I used this light blue thread that was actually a really good choice. On most pieces of the denim it was practically invisible and I was unsure if I had sewn that piece or not!
Then stitch all the inbetween areas, making sure that each patch is well and truly attached! Finished that leg? Now onto the other.
Lay the jeans you love on top of the jeans you are in the process of becoming an object to love.
Stitch. Overlock. OR Zigzag if you don't have an overlocker.
Put them on your little model!