Thursday, 20 October 2016

DIY Fashion Details | Stepped Hem Denim

It would be difficult to avoid the latest trend when it comes to denim.  As part of a new series on my blog I'll be showing you how to DIY the latest on-trend fashion details - starting with the stepped hem.  I've always loved raw edges when it comes to my jeans and being short {I'm a tiny 5'1"!}, this latest trend means I can make any length jeans work.

This DIY doesn't take much instruction but there are definitely a few tips included for the best possible outcome, so reading them is advised before you pick up those shears!

Tip 1 - Keep your lines straight

You want the edges to look raw, but you don't want them to look like your dog decided to chew them.   In my opinion, to keep this look polished (as much as it can be) draw your lines with a straight edge, then cut above the line so that the ink line is cut off.

Tip 2 - Measure the distance

You can make your 'steps' as large as you like.  I prefer the look when there isn't much of a step (it's all about personal preference) so I kept the back of mine to 1.5 inches longer than the front.  Measuring ensures you get the exact look you want.

Tip 3 - Make the trend your own

I used pinking shears to give a different edge. Check Pinterest for some ideas.

Tip 3 - Fray Fray Fray

The key to this look is how you fray them.  You want your stepped hem to stand out - so I suggest concentrating the most fraying on the back hem of the jeans - however this is again all down to personal preference and how easily you can fray the type of denim you're working with.


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