So recently, a bunch of tumblr pictures of half bleached cut-off shorts caught my eye -something about it’s carefree, ripped, beach-y style was just so appealing to me and the current weather in Singapore.
(Are you a banana? ‘Cos you’re so a-PEEL-ling.)
I remember seeing similar half bleached shorts retailing at Cotton On for around $39.90 (the usual price) and thought NO WAY was I going to pay so much for a pair of shorts that I can easily make for under $10.
I’m really satisfied with the end result and the overall cost of this DIY was under $5 as I had all the supplies at home already! The studs I used in this DIY were $5 for a pack for a hundred if I remember correctly, and I only used around 20 :)
On with the tutorial!
Materials you will need:
1. A pair of denim jeans or cut off shorts
2. Clothing bleach
3. A spray bottle
5. Optional: Studs, lace, or any other decorative add-ons
1. I managed to get my hand on a pair of jeans that fit nicely at the waist but were not flattering enough to keep as jeans.
2. Take a pair of shorts that you like the cutting of and place it on top of the jeans. Trace the hem of the shorts onto the jeans with chalk. Here I’m using a pink chalk marker I bought from Chinatown fabric market.
3. Cut along the line and try the shorts on to test the fit. I decided to shorten the front a bit.
4. Fill a spray bottle with bleach. I used undiluted clothing bleach, but if the bleach you have at home is really strong, you might want to try adding water so you don’t over-bleach your shorts. (Over-bleaching can cause the denim to degrade and rip very easily!)
5. Lay your shorts on a newspaper to prevent ruining/staining your floor, and start spraying the bleach all over the bottom half of your shorts.
Note: you might want to do this in a well ventilated area as bleach fumes can really stink and is poisonous!
6. Lay your shorts out to dry in the sun! Heat and wind helps the bleach to react faster.
In the means time, grab a quick lunch like me or catch up on some of your homework/tv shows!
P.S. I watched How I Met Your Mother’s latest episode and was on the verge of tears.
Spoiler alert: Lily is soooooooo awesome! :’)
7. This is how your shorts should look after sitting in the sun for a bit. I left mine out for around 2 hours. Don’t worry if your shorts look yellowed and stained! It’s natural, all you have to do is wash the bleach out :)
Rinse your shorts under running water to get rid of the bleach.
8. Hand wash your shorts with soap! Fill a tub with water, half a cup of detergent and a bit of washing powder. Keep scrubbing and rubbing the shorts until you see the water has turned really dark blue.
9. This step is optional, but for those of you who want your shorts to be a little distressed and scuffed up, cut little slits in your shorts where you want it to be distressed.
10. Throw your shorts into the washing machine with a bit of washing powder and half a cup of detergent to get it fully white at the bottom :)
Your half bleached shorts are now as white as a bunny (well at least half of it)!
You can end here if you think you like a nice, basic pair of bleached shorts, but I decided to go one step further and add some studs to give the shorts a bit of a edgy, grunge feel.
Finally, your awesome half-bleached, studded, distressed, majorly cool shorts are complete!
I really loved how mine turned out! It took me half a day to complete this whole project, a fairly short time considering the waiting for the bleach to react.
Till next time!