Whenever I wear my Levi’s, someone comments about the hem asking whether or not I did it myself or if the jeans came that way. It was me! I’ve cut the hem of a few pairs of because I like the raw hem look. It gives them a little edge and makes them a bit more casual without looking sloppy.
Here’s the types of jeans I think it works best with:
- Jeans that are either 100% (or close to) cotton: here’s why–the stretch fibers in stretchy jeans won’t product that gorgeous, semi-frayed hem. It’ll just be a sad, straight line and will look like unfinished jeans. Trust me…I’ve done it to super stretchy jeans and it looks silly.
- Jeans that are skinny but not leggings. The pairs I’ve done it to WERE skinny jeans, but they weren’t too tight at my ankle; those have been my most successful DIY raw hems.
- Make sure the jeans are long enough. I’m pretty tall and sometimes jeans can be a little too cropped on me, so just make sure they won’t be too short. I like to cut them right at my ankle bone.
How I do it (no pictures, but trust me, it’s EASY):
- I used regular scissors (not fabric) and cut right above the finished hem in a straight line.
- If you want to cut a little shorter, put them on and mark them with chalk first.
- Raw hem will look more distressed over time as you wash and wear–I think it gets better with age!
- If the hem gets too stringy for your liking, it’s an easy fix: just snip off the excess with scissors.