DIY cutting Jeans into Shorts | Seven For All Mankind DIY

While packing for my holidays this year I realised that I had a shortage of denim shorts and instead of hitting the shops, I searched my wardrobe as I have so many pairs of jeans that I never even wear these days. I decided on a pair of Seven For All Mankind jeans for a couple of reasons:

  • They are a little bit big on me and you do not want your shorts to fit you too well. You always want a little bit of wiggle room in a pair of shorts, otherwise even toned legs can look a little chubby.
  • They are a bootcut style, and I cannot remember the last time I wore a bootcut pair of jeans.
  • The colour was exactly what I wanted, all of my other jean shorts are light/distressed denim.


Here is a very simple step by step of how to turn your jeans into jean shorts:

  • Cut the jeans a good bit longer than you know you will want them, for me is was just above the knee.
  • Try them on and assess exactly how long you would want them. I rolled the fabric up until I found the exact length I wanted. Then take a pen/ marker and mark where you should cut. I gave myself an extra inch of fabric at the end, because I wanted to roll up a hem. If you do not want a hem at the bottom then I would still recommend giving yourself an extra quarter-inch or so, as the fabric will fray over time, shortening the jeans further.
  • Once you have cut the fabric you have the choice of either fraying it with a scissors or letting it fray by itself. I chose to let them fray with wear.
  • This is an optional step: take the scissors to the outer seam of the jeans and cut a triangle/ pyramid shape with the seam in the exact center/ peak. This is not necessary, this is a personal choice as it widens the end of the shorts ever so slightly and gives the impression of slimmer thighs.
  • I then took a needle and thread and added a couple of stitches to the seam to reinforce it. Could you imagine the seam unravelling or giving way while wearing them?!

And that was that. I know the jeans will fray at the end, but I am happy to let that happy over time through wear, rather than forcing it.

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And that’s it! I love my new shorts, and I think I have already had more wear out of them as shorts than I ever did while they were bootcut jeans!

I did a DIY Embellishment post a while back, where I added gold studs to some denim shorts, so if you are looking to customise your shorts, click here. 

Thanks for reading, good luck with your DIY projects!

Gina xxx


See my latest outfit post here. 


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