Denim School Dreams and DIY
The more I usually fall in love with a hobby or special interest, the more I want to see behind the scenes…get hands-on and dirty with it, or learn how to make my own. Especially with denim…when I first heard the story of Frankie B’s founder starting her business by sewing jeans for her friends in her attic, I felt the itch. That was many many years ago, and I still get held back just because I took one career path, and know very little about textiles. Growing up, my mom would always hand me denim scraps that I’d sew into clothing for my Barbies or even into little handbags. I have a pretty decent knowledge of sewing, but still, my knowledge is limited. If only I could clone myself and head back to college, right? I can’t see myself stopping what I’m doing now. One of my favorite denim blogs, The Jeans Blog, recently posted about something special for denim enthusiasts out there…a chance to learn first hand how denim is created and how to make your own. PRPS founder Donwan Harrell graduated from VCU in Richmond, Virginia as a fashion design student, and didn’t emerge with a whole lot of knowledge about the denim industry. This is pretty inspiring to me, considering how huge PRPS now is! He has recently instituted a program at VCU, called Jeanology, to teach students all about the denim manufacturing and washing process, something that he most likely would have participated in during his days as a student. How amazing is this? Ok so first…I need to clone myself, and second, I need to move to Virginia. Problem solved! I would LOVE to be able to do this!
In the meantime though, with the DIY craze as freaking huge as it is (and growing), there are so many awesome things you can do with an existing pair of jeans. Levi’s® teamed up with one of my favorite online fashion and lifestyle publications, Refinery29, in Chicago for an in-store denim DIY party a few years ago, so it’s awesome to see PRPS take it to another level when another denim brand has also come forth in the past to allow denim fans to get involved in the creative process! I can only hope to one of these days attend such a thing, but for now, Levi’s® has a few cool DIY tutorials available on the Levi Strauss website, including how to taper, make the perfect cutoffs, how to repair your jeans (a must-know for anyone who has that favorite pair if you ask me), how to excel at distressing, how to add paneling, and more. Check below and have at it!
How to Taper Your 501 Jeans
How to Make the Perfect Cut-Off Shorts
How to Repair Your Jeans
How to Distress Denim
How to Line Your Cuff
How to Add Panels to Your Jeans
How to Customize Your Trucker Jacket
How to Pintuck & Crop Your Jeans