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January 14, 2013

DIY Acid Wash Studded Denim Shirt

Denim shirts are everywhere these days, they come in all colours, shapes and sizes.  All the ones I've found that I like have been around the $80-100 mark so I decided I would try to make my own.  I wanted an acid washed one with studs on the shoulders, so that is exactly what I did and I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I started with a dark wash denim shirt from Ardene, that I found for 50% off, so it was only $15! Loved that.  This is what the shirt looked like before I did anything to it:


First I acid washed the shirt.
For this you only need:
Your shirt
Bleach
Elastics

You want the start by bunching up your shirt and securing it with elastics. Fold back and forth and twist and scrunch over and over until you end up with a ball of crumpled shirt covered in elastics.

 

Then you take a bucket or bowl you don't care about and mix equal parts water and bleach.  Place the shirt in bleach mixture and leave it to sit for about 20 minutes, checking whenever you want.  Once the colour starts to fade (the bleach will probably turn a yellow-orange colour) when this happens, take it out or turn it over if it wasn't completely submerged.


After you removed the shirt form the bleach, cut the elastics and run it under cold water until most of the bleach is gone.  Throw the shirt in the dryer and you will end up with something like this:


I wore the shirt like this a couple of times because I liked it so much.  But then I decided I needed to take it to the next step.  I added gunmetal studs to the shoulders, following the stitched parts of the shoulder as a guideline.  I ordered the studs from eBay, it's the best way to get a bunch of studs for really cheap.  I ordered about 500 for less than $5.  The final product looks like this:


Rachel










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