|This fabulous floral twill is from Girl Charlee|
I'll be sharing some variations for you here on the blog so that once you get your first pair or two made, you can start playing around with them.
One of the first variations I want to share is how to get that super cool worn out and distressed look that you see in all the stores and on all the fashion pages. This takes a bit of time, but is fully worth the final product.
One of my Amazing Testers, Tanu, distressed this pair of shorts, and we all fell in love. So she wrote up a tutorial for you- the tutorial covers frayed holes and 'worn' distressing. But she mentioned some other tips in our group that I will list below.
To get a crinkled seam - This takes prior planning! Take the edges of your pattern piece (back pockets or back yoke and dampen them with water or a mix of water and startch. If you have a pleater, pleat just the edges of the fabric where you want the wrinkling to be, and leave it to dry and set for 12-24 hours. *If you do not have a pleater - which most of us probably dont, run a gathering stitch along your seam allowance and pull it tight. Set some heavy weights on top of the edge and let dry for 12-24 hours.* Once the wrinkles are dry and set, run some sand paper over the ridges before you unpleat/ungather the fabric. Now when you sew the seams together you will have a great wrinkled seam just like the professionals do.
To fray the hem - For this you can follow the tips in Tanu's tutorial - you just wont be working on a square section, you will be working on the bottom edge of your shorts/capris. Using your seam ripper, slowly unpick the horizontal threads around the hem line. Work out thread by thread until you have the length of fraying that you would like.
I hope you have fun playing with these techniques, and make sure to share all your creations with me on FaceBook.