Riverside Blue –“Distressing” Jeans

Riverside Blue –“Distressing” Jeans

I continue my posts for the Refashion Runway challenge (sponsored by The Renegade Seamstress) for the Pantone color called Riverside Blue.  Seeing this color as “faded denim,” I decided to try my hand at “distressing” some jeans.  I have read about this, but never tried it.  I found some cheap jeans for $1.99 that ALMOST fit me perfectly.


For the fit, all I needed to do was add some darts in the back to remove the excess in the waistband.  I removed the tag on the outside, which was where I needed to place one of my darts.

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Then I marked my darts on the inside, and stitched them.

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This did the trick!!!  (Pardon the rear end photo! )

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Now, for the “distressing” part.  First, I marked the knee area with my purple disappearing pen, since I wanted to hit this area the hardest.  Then I gathered my “tools.”  These were:  a cheese grater, a microplaner, and some 40 Grit sandpaper.

I found it easiest to actually put the jeans ON and scrape the fabric where needed, but I did some rubbing while the jeans were on the floor as well.  Not only did I hit the knee area, I rubbed them pretty much everywhere to create softness, and then the seams and hem for the look of additional wear.  Messy job, but that was FUN!!!!

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You could certainly take this process further, but I am not really a “ratty” jean wearer, so I stopped with a “worn in” look.

They fit great, and are now soft and comfortable!!!

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Take some old jeans (or buy some cheap new ones) and try “distressing” them!!!  You can create almost any look you want!

Happy Making!

Molly 🙂


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