DIY Jeans to shorts - a beginners sewing project in reconstruction (takes 1 hr)
You need: a pair of strong scissors, straight edge, jeans that would hold up as shorts, chalk, a sewing machine, ability to sew a straight stitch, needle strong enough for denim.
First rule: Always cut them longer than you desire them to be. Once you cut, there’s not going back. Overtime, if you dont cuff and sew, the fray will make them shorter.
Put on the pants, and make 2 marks with the chalk on one pant leg(Ill tell you why it’s one and not both). One on the inside of the thigh and one on the outside longer than you want them. Then take them off and use your straight edge to connect those lines front and back. Put them back on and see if it looks good. Then cut that one pant leg. Put them back on and admire the one leg done, take them off. Fold them in half like in photo three and use the cut leg as a stencil for the uncut leg. (If you want a cuff, make sure you have enough for 1/2” and fold up. Sew closest to the raw edge as you can and it will only fray a little but you wont lose length.)
After you have both legs cut, try them on and tweak if necessary with the scissors remembering to fold the shorts to make sure they’re even. like in picture four.
Sew a straight stitch all the way around the pant leg(given that the crotch hasnt been cut to just a 1/4” seam connecting the front and back) To the highest point you will want them to be. After washing and wearing, they will become this high. Back stitch at the outside seam and inside seam, making sure your stitches are close together.
Try them on, and do a happy dance!
Stay tuned for the next post involving these shorts: Dying and modifying cutoffs