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Want Patchwork Jeans? Denim Therapy Can Do It For You


Patchwork jeans are back on the map in terms of trends for fall… and they show no signs of going away. Now, thanks to our expert denim repair services (which also happen to be super stylin’), you can turn a hole in your jeans into a pair of Pinterest-worthy pair. See the before or after below.

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Try our new patch service of denim and leather patches and keep up with this popular fall trend!

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 12 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Denim Review: Jen7 Slim Straight Skinny Jeans


Pop quiz: did you get your perfect pair of black skinny jeans for fall yet? If not, check out one pair we’re really fond of right now. MC reviewed a pair of Jen7 skinny jeans in black to see how they held up during a busy day in NYC, and they passed the test. If you haven’t heard about the new bran Jen7 Jeans yet, you will soon. It’s a  new line designed “by women, for women”, via 7 for All Mankind. Get the details on this pair, below.

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What was your first thought when you tried them on?

My first thought was how versatile they are, being a pair of black skinny jeans and all. I loved how they fit with my favorite fall boots, and after pairing them with a ton of tops in my wardrobe, I feel confident I’ll be getting some good mileage out of them.

Where/when would you wear these?

These are the ideal wear-to-work jeans, because they’re both comfortable and sleek looking. You can dress them down for a chill day, add some killer heels for a night out, or pair them with a blazer for the office. Pieces that fit into my wardrobe need to pull their weight and function in more than one situation, and these jeans definitely pass the test.

How’s the fit?

Awesome! They didn’t stretch out or lose shape after a full day of wearing them on errand runs and meetings. I love how they look and feel, from waistband to ankle. One of the objectives of this line is to make women feel amazing in their jeans, and I think they’re on to something.

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Check out Jen7 for more, and stay tuned for more fall denim reviews!

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 06 2014 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product

There’s A Hole In The Butt Of Your Jeans…


It’s not quite slip-on-the-ice season yet, but there are still many ways to discover a tear that could prevent you from donning your favorite denim. Maybe you’re jumping around in a pile of leaves and sit on the rake… or you just sat as per usual on the subway, but you’ve worn your favorite jeans a thousand times and they can’t take it anymore. And then, it happens. A hole.

…but don’t worry. We can handle it. Even if you have a hole in the butt of your jeans, Denim Therapy’s expert repair techniques can fix you up in no time. Just see this before and after, below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 05 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After Ripped Pocket Repair


We’ve all been there… a favorite pair of jeans we wear almost every day for years, until one day we realize there’s a problem. The pockets, which we’ve been shoving our cellphones and hands and money into seemingly forever, have torn away a hole in the base fabric, right below the rivet. Eek. But a ripped pocket is no match for our expert denim repair technicians. Check out this before and after to see what we mean, and let us help you out if you’re having a similar problem.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 17 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: A Hole In Your Back Pocket


Wallets do a number on jean pockets. When you wear the same pair of jeans for years and put your wallet in your pocket repeatedly, it adds a pretty cool wallet-shaped scar, but eventually a hole can form in your denim. And believe us, you’ve got to take care of it before you start losing spare change. Check out one of our recent denim repair jobs below.

Before:

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After:

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 10 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Knees


In line with last week’s before & after post (in case you missed it, we shared a before & after repair involving worn-out whiskers that eventually tore), this week we repaired jeans with tears in the knee area, where whiskers had also appeared after years of wear. Talk about a favorite pair! Check out the before and after below, and send in your favorite pair of jeans for some denim-doctor-ing if they need it.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 08 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Whiskers


As you might remember from last week, we repair more than just the typical crotch hole and knee hole here at Denim Therapy. A pair of jeans came in recently with an array of worn-out tears in the whisker region, likely from years of loving wear. If you have a favorite pair of jeans, you may notice a similar pattern (in which case you should send them in, asap). Check out the before and after below, to see what we were able to do for this customer.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 01 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: Jeans Ripped At The Seam


It isn’t always the knee or the crotch region of jeans that suffers damage. We recently received some denim from a customer that featured a slash right across the seam. We were able to employ our expert denim repair techniques and reinforce the repair so this denim-lover’s lifestyle won’t leave them with extra AC for fall. Check out the before and after below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 25 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy Repairs Slashed Jeans


We don’t even particularly want to know why these jeans have a huge gash in the crotch, but it could not have been a pleasant moment in the denim-owner’s life (whether or not they were wearing them at the moment of impact)! We were able to restore this denim back to its former glory using our expert denim repair techniques. Check out the before and after posts below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 13 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

3 Ways To Distress Your Cut-Off Shorts This Summer


So you’ve got a gorgeous new pair of cut-off shorts (or maybe you hacked them off yourself, or used our expert denim cut-off service) but they’re just not quite distressed enough for you? There are several easy ways you can make your brand new shorts look extremely well-worn, from physical abuse to bleach and beyond. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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1. Sandpaper, scissors & razors. Tools like scissors, X-Acto knives, sandpaper, cheese graters, and other potentially abrasive objects are amazing tools for making your jeans look vintage. When using these items, be sure to slip a piece of cardboard or a protective layer inside the pocket and the actual jean, so you are only distressing one surface as a time.

Distress where it’s natural! You’ll see natural wear and tear in places like pocket tops, hems, and anywhere whiskers form (usually around the crotch and the top of the thigh). We recommend starting out by cutting some light slashes, and then sanding and tearing at the fibers surrounding the cut/hem/etc.

How far you go with this is entirely up to you.

2. Bleach & dye.

Another great way to achieve a vintage look is to include a few inconspicuous splatters of bleach, or use a desaturated dye in colors like peach, brown, or even pale yellow. You can check out our bleaching tutorial here. Fabric dye instructions range from product to product, but you’ll get better results if the fibers are 100% cotton.

3. Let the elements do the work.

This is probably one of our favorites. It takes time and patience, and also willingness to accept whatever random things may happen to your jeans. Tie them to your fire escape, pin them to your roof, hang them out your window, or find some other place where they can be stationary in the elements of nature. Running water, summer storms, intense wind, and even wild animals will all contribute to the worn in look of your denim.

Overall tips:

+ Distress jeans that are 100% cotton sans-stretch fibers, or else you risk some major shape change after you’ve made your scissor holes & razor marks.

+ Get creative! Cut a slash in the thigh of your shorts and pull the pocket through, or cut out a design in the back pocket and reinforce with stitching. The possibilities are endless.

+ Safety first! Always use the proper precautions when using power tools, chemical dyes, etc. Read the warnings on all packages and wear goggles/gloves if necessary.

Don’t forget, if you need help making your favorite jeans into perfect cut-offs, you can use our expert denim cut-off service.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jun 13 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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