Thursday, February 9, 2012

DIY: Bleached & Studded Shorts

Hey darlings! Good news here, I have another DIY for y'all! The last one I did, Glitter Shoes, received a lot of positive feedback, so I'm really excited to see how much you'll like this one. Enjoy!

First off, here is the pair of shorts I have been drooling over for a while now.. 
You can buy these shorts at Runway Dreamz for $152.00

Just a quick side note -- I went into this thinking that was a completely ridiculous price, but now after making a pair I completely understand why they would charge so much. It must have taken forever to get these frayed so wondrously! 

So here is what you will need to make these shorts!
1. And old pair of high waisted shorts/jeans
2. Bleach
3. Scissors {depending on how much you want to fray, sandpaper would be nice too!}
4. An old bucket
5. A yard stick {or something to hold the shorts over the bucket}
6. Gloves
7. Distilled White Vinegar
8. Studs

I went to the thrift store and found these shorts for $3.00

I opted for a pair that was a little bigger than my size, that way they will be more comfortable while wearing. If you want to take a pair of old jeans and make them cut offs, just make sure you cut below the end of the crotch. {Made that mistake once!}

Here is what you will need next...

I super recommend doing the bleaching process outside because the fumes can be really harmful for you! If you're outside they dissipate quicker and don't stay around your room.. Also please wear the gloves while handling the bleach. An apron is probably a good idea also.

I put my stick through the belt loops to hold them up during the bleaching process. That way only half my shorts were getting bleached. I used the whole can of bleach and then poured in some water to raise the level. I didn't really measure anything, just eyed it. After letting it sit for a half hour I brought them to my laundry room. 

I put them in the sink here, filled with half water and half distilled white vinegar. This part is really important because it stops the bleaching process. After this part the bottom of the shorts should be nearly white. I let them sit in the sink for 10 minutes and then threw them in the wash on a delicate cycle. Make sure you don't wash anything with the shorts for the first few times. Once they were done in the dryer, they looked like this:

Now here comes the fun part! I bought 100 small pyramid studs off of Ebay, I am pretty sure they cost $5.00 with shipping. I would definitely recommend you buy bigger studs, for I didn't quite know how little these were going to be. The bigger the stud the less work you have to do!

You can stud wherever you want on the shorts, I chose to do the back pocket and on the little pocket in the front.  

I unthreaded the left side of the pocket and pulled it down so you would be able see studs underneath. 

To ensure the studs on the back didn't get caught on tights or undies I hand stitched a piece of scrap fabric on the inside of the pocket. I distressed my pair a little bit by pinching the fabric and cutting a hole. Then I frayed it a bit, washed again, and voila! 

If you have any questions about this DIY, don't be afraid to shoot me an email!


Leila said...

These are beautiful! I've been wanting to experiment with studs for a while, and you may have just inspired me to go for it. :)

Chelsea Jade said...

They look great!

Unknown said...

This is a great DIY! Like, t's actually SO cool. Your glitter shoes DIY actually inspired me to do one of my own--I made some glitter platform shoes.


Jana K said...

This is sooo cool! i really want to try and make a pair.

Unknown said...

fabulous post!

niknok said...

This is supercool! I wanna do it too! xx

The Niknok Style

Izzy said...

the DIY job is fantastic! love the dip-dyed effect, and the way you added the studs. some places will charge you so much for the same effect, when you can just do it yourself! thanks heaps for the tutorial- I can't wait to try this out with some old or cheap pair of denim shorts! :)

colour the white spaces said...

I think the ones you made look way better than the ones you wanted to buy. :)

Unknown said...

Love DIY! The shorts turned out wonderfully! Great blog,now following!

Sampada said...

This is one of the best DIYs I came across, ever. The thing is, so many people post tutorials like this, but their instructions always get me down...this was so clear, and such a great result too. And clever with that piece of fabric!


Anonymous said...

cute!! love it! Been wanting to experiment with dip dye forever, will do so soon! :


Lyndsey said...

Amazing tutorial love! I will definitely have to try this out very soon!!! You look amazing in those high waisted shorts anyways ;).

The Beatniq said...

I love this! Have to try it.

Anonymous said...

Love it! so badass.

Emma said...

you did such a good job babe!! i dont think i have the patience for that

Unknown said...

fashionhypnotised girl


inspiring post!!
you made those shorths moreeeee stunning!
love this tutorial as well


Anni said...

wow (:
great idea!
the shoes were pretty nice, too.
But these shorts are like a dream♥

Annie said...

This is such a great idea - and they look AWESOME!

The Other Side of Gray

Zane said...

they look gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Amazing DIY shorts I love this :) I hope you will follow my blog :)


Unknown said...

omg. you are so amazing at DIYs. loved this.

Unknown said...

Wow you did an amazing job on these shorts! They look so cool and so do you!

Midwest Muse said...

This is beautiful! LOVE IT!

Unknown said...


Unknown said...

wow that's great!!
I love your blogdesign! how did you create it?

My blog
xx Michaela

The Hearabouts said...

Really cool diy! Got to try it :D Thanks for the idea hun!

Great blog. New follower <3


MIXT fashion and lifestyle said...


lauraapriljayne said...

Amazing post!
Love love love your style and blog in general:)

Ashley Odum Writes said...

These are absolutely beautiful!! I definitely want to try this.