June 4, 2012
Here’s a little DIY project I wanted to share with you—an iteration of last year’s DIY gold shorts, and an easy way to liven up a pair of colored jeans or chinos you might have worn during the colder months.
vintage shirt, Brook&Lyn necklace, DIY metallic tuxedo-striped shorts, Common Projects shoes
I took a pair of powder blue jeans and cut them an inch and a half longer than the desired length. (jeans c/o Citizens of Humanity)
I taped off a stripe using painter's tape, starting right at the top of the pocket, going all the way down. I doubled up on tape to be sure.
I then dabbed on some pearlescent fabric paint. I was initially going for a tone-on-tone look, similar to a pair of shorts at Assembly with a tuxedo stripe made out of the same fabric as the shorts, but I do like the subtle contrast of the two shades of blue.
I sprinkled on some very fine glitter for dimension.
And I sealed everything off with a gloss medium. This does a fantastic job at preventing the glitter from shedding.
I heat-set the stripe with a hair dryer, and carefully peeled off the tape.
After cleaning up some rough edges and cutting the extra inch and a half off the hem for a clean stripe all the way to the hem, these are my finished DIY tuxedo-striped shorts.
the DIY metallic tuxedo-striped shorts up close
Brook&Lyn necklace featuring a vintage tinted mirror set in leather, on a cotton rope cord
Common Projects officer's derby shoes in tan
special thanks to Citizens of Humanity, Brook&Lyn, and Common Projects
photographs by Hudson Shively