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.
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!
Thanks for reading, good luck with your DIY projects!