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distressing denim
what are the best ways to do it? where can i read about it?
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Date: 9/20/11 11:16 AM

i have one great resource on denim, the sistahs of harlem refashion book denim mania.

but what are some of your favorite ways to distress it? i'm doing a "browncoat" (for the firefly fans in the room)--not a huge trench coat or anything, actually a bit tailored, if a bit tatty, version of V8601. i've got this awesome brown denim and i'd like to rough it up a bit. do i do it before cutting? do i pre-shrink, cut the pieces, and then distress artfully, piece-by-piece?

i'm thinking a few holes, some thin areas, but i haven't decided overall...

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Date: 9/20/11 8:43 PM

You'd prewash and dry several times to start. Make your garment and get out either sandpaper or pumice to rub the edges and pockets. A sanding block will help.

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Date: 9/20/11 10:47 PM

Way back when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a thing, the fashion guy recommended using a microplane grater to distress denim, if you want actual fraying.

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Date: 9/21/11 3:40 PM

i'll always trust one of the queer eye guys!

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Date: 9/21/11 6:45 PM

I would do it at the end- you wouldn't want to fray your forearm rather than your elbow!
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Date: 6/4/12 11:56 AM

I had no luck finding this thread by my perhaps limited knowledge of the process. I tried distressing denim, jeans, the jeans compiled fabulous thread and so on. I did a google search and finally, happily ended up here. Thanks for all the good tips in this thread.

My google search was Sewing Denim Distressing and a good number of sites popped up. I've only check the first one that is very thorough for the particulars.

http://www.jeans-and-accessories.com/how-to-distress-jeans.html

There's more on the search page to investigate that could be of interest. Happy distressing!

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