Embellished Denim DIY

Hey y’all, welcome back to Cleverly Caroline. Today I’m going to be sharing a super fun and simple DIY with y’all. Back in January, I set out to do 52 DIYs this year—one each week. So far, that hasn’t been going as planned but this summer I’m definitely going to try to craft more because it is something I really enjoy.

I feel like I saw embellished denim everywhere this spring, so when I saw One CrafDIY Girl embellish her jeans, I knew I had to as well. DIYing this jean skirt was kind of an accident, actually. I bought it without trying it on and after trying it on I realized I really didn’t like it. It was too high waisted and too long at the same time, it needed either to be shorter with the same waist height or a lower waist with the same length.

Showing that I don't like the skirt

I went to Joanne’s to pick up some pearls and also used some that I already had from faux pearl necklaces I no longer wear. I also grabbed needle and thread because all of my sewing tools are back in Boston. Luckily, you only need a needle, thread, and your choice of embellishments for this DIY so it’s very easy and affordable. This could be super cute for transforming thrifted denim!

I started by deciding how short I wanted to cut it by folding up the hem until I reached a desired length and then pinning it. I waited until the end to actually cut it, but I wanted to make this decision before I started to add the pearls. Once the skirt was pinned and off my body, I started arranging the embellishments in the way I wanted it to look. Initially, I intended to pin each pearl where I wanted it to go, but this was tedious and I ultimately decided to just go with the flow and see what happened. I made sure to pull out the pockets before sewing so I wouldn’t sew through them and compromise my ability to use them.

I started from the inside of the skirt and threaded the needle through the denim. Before finishing each stitch, I added a pearl. I put them in a somewhat orderly way, but also didn’t want them to be perfectly separated either. I ended up with two rows of pearls on each pocket before I decided that it looked complete.

Then came time to cut. I flipped the skirt inside out and measured the distance from the hem to where I pinned. Then I made dashes in pen at the spot where I wanted the new hem to be. I then lined up the front and back of the skirt and cut through both layers.

I initially wanted to distress the bottom, but once it was cut I was deciding between leaving a raw hem or hemming it up. I ultimately decided to leave a raw hem because those are super popular right now and I can always hem or distress it later if I want to.

I’m honestly really happy with how this turned out and I think this is a great way to upcycle denim. The skirt looks much more modern and expensive than it actually is.

I’m super excited to style this skirt this summer and I’m glad I could create something I actually want to wear out of something I didn’t like. I hope y’all found this DIY helpful and that it inspires you to upcycle a piece of denim for yourself.

Caroline

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Disclaimer: This post was originally published on Cleverly Caroline on July 2, 2019.

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