Now that they're back- I can post!
For the last couple of months I've been seeing a lot of star spangled denim in stores and magazines. I do a lot of fabric stamping and things like these are so easy to do that there's no need to purchase them.
Also, this is a double-duty day, because I'll be walking through the steps of making cutoff shorties in addition to adding the stars. I started with a pair of pants from Goodwill. Ideally, you'll want a pair of old jeans that are broken in around the thighs. Boyfriend or relaxed jeans would be perfect! You can opt to go up a size to get a looser effect, but then you run the risk of waistbands not looking quite right. Definitely not for skinnies, unless you want to add a triangular panel on the seams.
Rock & Republic Lolita Star Shorts, $58 HERE
So let's get started with the steps. FYI: these (now shorts) are a size 6 and I'm giving them away since they don't fit me. I'm really sad because I *so* want them! These pre-date some vanity sizing, so if you're a tight 4 they will probably be perfect on you, though they probably would fit a 6 as well.
I always use my favorite cutoffs from VS as a guide, but if you don't have a starting pair, just fold your jeans in half and angle them the same way. The inside (where the booty seam is, the left side in the picture) should be two inches longer than the outside. It looks better on the leg to angle them that way.
Try them on and see if you like the length/angle. I had to cut some of my angle out and shorten them just a little bit. They were at an awkward length.
Next, run them through your sewing machine using a straight tight stitch. As you wash and wear your denim, the pants will fray up until that stitching point, so if you like a lot of fray make your stitch further from the edge or vice versa. If you don't care how much they fray and only want them for a season or two, you can skip this part and go no-sew.
Now it's time to stamp! I tried a few different ways of doing it- all using a stamp and fabric paint. For a really opaque look (Tinseltown), coat fabric paint on to the stamp using a paint brush and firmly apply the stamp. Reapply paint for *every* star impression. For a fainter, varied look (more similar to Rock & Republic), use a sponge to lightly apply the paint and use the stamp twice before reapplying paint. For a consistent but less opaque look, brush your paint out on to waxed paper and stamp your stamp into the paint, spreading it out and reapplying for each stamp.
Starting at the bottom, side seam stamp your first star in the middle of the seam. Leave space between each star. On the second row stamp above the empty space, creating windows and an even pattern. The amount of space you leave between stars and rows will determine how packed or sparse your pattern is. The R & R pattern is pretty spare, Tinseltown is more packed. Keep going til the first side is done top to bottom and then do the other side. I stamped over the zipper areas, but not over the pockets.
Here's the front, finished! **If you get paint on the edges, which happened to me a couple of times because of the shape of my stamp, just use a q-tip dipped in soap and water to rub off the extra.**
For the back, I just faded the pattern in. I didn't want a full front + back look, but didn't want harsh cut off points. The back has two additional stars on the bottom next to the original side seam star. Then each side has one "window" star between the original side seam and first back stars. And then one last star at the top which would be in a window as well. There's a better picture of the side work below.
Fades into the back. Also- I stamped one star on each back pocket :)
Once you're all stamped and dried, you can add cuffs. A lot of my favorite cutoffs have a cuff and I prefer it. You can leave this off if you want. First, fold the hem to the length you like and then press it with a hot iron. The top picture is just folded and the bottom is pressed with an iron. To make it permanent, you can add a stitch with your sewing machine on the seams.
Finished! Again- these aren't my size so I'm giving them away for FREE!! They're A&F size 6, but they look smaller than most 6's sold in stores today so a tight 4 might feel most comfortable in them. If you want them, comment below!
I'd love to make another pair of these for myself, maybe next weekend :) All the best and as always, thanks for reading!