Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Obligatory Balmain Jeans DIY

Yes, I know 23490823 other bloggers have done this already, but at least I can promise you I will spend an extraordinary amount of time on this and will be completely obsessed with coming as close as I can to the "cloud wash." Thus far, I have bleached and washed these jeans twice using Clorox Plus High Efficiency Bleach (I made the mistake of using store brand bleach on one spot and it did not compare at all). I used a small rag to apply the bleach, because I thought that would create the cloudy, crinkled effect I was looking for. Then I distressed these jeans further (they've already been well-worn as they are Guess jeans, circa 1996) using a pumice stone, which is great for softening the fabric gently, and cheese grater, which is better for more extreme distressing. Here's where I'm at:

Obligatory Balmain DIY

Now, I've done one more run with the bleaching and might do one more. After that, I intend to rip up the right knee and go at them with the cheese grater again. I know you will be waiting breathlessly on my progress.

To view the final product click here.

8 comments:

Bambola said...

They look awesome! What an effort =)

I'll be waiting to see the finished product.

paulistanangelina said...

I love those jeans. Can't wait to see how they look ripped up.

F Blog said...

Amazing! I wish I had the patience for this... Can't wait to see the final product.

E said...

Oh I hope you guys don't die of boredom first!

Vain and Vapid said...

They came out really great. I wonder how much the actual Balmain jeans cost... I've seen some of their other prices and they gave me major sticker shock.

Alice X said...

loove how these look, show me a diy:) can't wait to see how the cheesegrater does!

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A Dastardly Ode En Lynx. said...

Stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for a Balmain DIY (I know, I know, who isn't?)

Anyways, I love your writing. It's fabulous to see another DC blogger into fashion.

E said...

I'm glad you like it! I've certainly had a lot of fun doing the blog thing :-)