DIY for the Lazy Girl: Raw Hem Jeans

What I'm Wearing: American Needle Cap, Outdoor Voices Muscle Tank, Cuyana Bucket Bag, Madewell High-Waisted Jeans, J.Crew Slides. See below for similar styles.

What I'm Wearing: American Needle Cap, Outdoor Voices Muscle Tank, Cuyana Bucket Bag, Madewell High-Waisted Jeans, J.Crew Slides. See below for similar styles.

I'm going to admit something: I avoid DIY projects like the plague. Because I'm lazy.

Honestly, it took me almost a year to fully unpack when I moved to California. I'm that level of #lazygirl. Most aspects of my life, from my fitness routines to my skin and makeup regimens, are catered to this laziness.

But recently, I was faced with a dilemma. I had just bought a great pair of black skinny jeans from Madewell, that fit me in all the places I wanted and offered the stretch, comfort, and lived-in feel I want in all my pants. One problem: they (like all pants on my 5 foot tall body) were too long. 

If you're signed up for Madewell's loyalty program, they'll hem their pants for free for you. But, again, laziness got in the way. Besides, I was then in the market for a pair of raw hem jeans for a casual, cropped look for #Summer2017.

I figured that maybe I could 'free two birds in one day,' so to speak, and turn my too-long jeans into cropped, raw hem denim. Try it for yourself. It's easy for even the laziest lady.

 

How To Create Your Own Raw Hem Jeans:

1. Grab a pair of too long, too old, or somehow otherwise imperfect jeans.

2. Using a piece of chalk, mark an even line across both pant legs about half an inch to an inch above where your ankle is. If you mark where you're cutting beforehand, you'll ensure both pant legs remain the same length.

3. Cut on the line. Ideally, you should use fabric scissors. I used the big pair we keep in our house for opening annoying packaging.

4. Using tweezers (or a seam ripper, if you have it), pull out threads that run across the seam horizontally until you get the level of fraying you want. I actually didn't do this step properly, as I just used my hands.

And ta-da, you've given your denim new life and prepared for summer looks!