Wednesday, March 24, 2010

D.I.Y: Who Wants Short Shorts?

With practically no sewing skills and a lot of help from a friend, I set out on my first DIY project. I had been on the hunt for a great khaki short, the only requirements were to be cuffed, a little slouchy, and maybe have a simple tie. So when the ones I loved were way out of my price range, I decided to make them myself. Let the sewing begin.

1. Start with:
a basic khaki pant
(I found mine for $3 at a local thrift store! I searched through their racks which had tons of khaki pants with the base of what I was looking for: anything high waisted, pleated, and a bit loose on the leg.)
sewing machine
ruler, measuring tape
rotary cutter, tailers chalk
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2. Measure inseam
This will determine how long or short you want the end product to be. My measurement was 5 inches down.
3. Mark across with tailers chalk
4. Measuring the cuff
From the marked line, measure 5 more inches down to determine your cuff. Varies, depending on your desired width.
5. Cut
With a ruler pressing firm at the last measured spot, use a rotary cutter to make your first and only cut.
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6. Create a seam allowance
Fold up 1/2 inch and pin.
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7. Cuff up
8. Press with iron
9. Stitch side seam
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10. Make a tie
With the remaining unused fabric, stitch together pieces to make a tie. Angle ends.
11. End product
Stay on the lookout for them in an upcoming outfit post.

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Any questions? Feel free to ask!

7 comments:

  1. You did such a fantastic job! I just love a good DIY.

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  2. I came out great!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I really like the Chloe ones, but I LOVE these! Great job!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. Um, DIY or DILya? ;) Love them to pieces, can't wait till I can wear shorts again! You two can make my first post-baby pair...oh! Or you can make me some preggo shorts! That would be fantastic!

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  5. Great job!! Can't wait to see them in an outfit post.

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  6. Awesome job, they turned out great. These shorts are so cute-perfect for summer!

    LOVE!

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  7. Insane! It inspired me to make a new project
    xx

    http://leinamorata.blogspot.com

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