DIY : Denim Shorts

Just before the summer is out I decided to transfer these jeans that I got as a hand-me-down into these plain denim shorts, as I do not own any. I thought that this would be a good tutorial to show you and it is a cheap and easy method to make your own personalised shorts.

I started off with these plain flared jeans. I would suggest that you use flared jeans or bootcut jeans and not skinny jeans as although you can use them it is harder to do and doesn’t give, in my opinion, the greatest results.

Start by putting on the jeans and while they are one, marking them with a pencil or a pen on where you would like to cut. I suggest to make the mark about a centimetre lower than you actually want the shorts to be to allow for the fraying or turning up.

Then, spread the jeans onto a flat surface and lie them completely flat. Cut straight across where your marking was and then repeat on the other side.

If you wish you can finish them there by turning up the bottom to conceal the cut edges to give a neat finish.

 However, to get the more rustic frayed look take the white threads that come out from the bottom of the jeans and pull them until they reach the stitching. Repeat this step over and over again until you reach the desired amount of fraying.

If you wish to get the shorter threads too, use a pair of tweezers in order to grab and pull them. Some may stop midway through. If so, trim off the excess thread until it is the same length as the frayed edge. Repeat this on the front and back of the each leg. Another way of accomplishing this look is to put the shorts into the tumble drier and they should come out frayed.

And that’s it! These adorable shorts are complete! If you wish to customise these shorts even further, create some slits or rub a cheese grater on the leg to make some distressed looks.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any requests please do not hesitate to leave a comment below!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Dazed&Beautiful x

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2 thoughts on “DIY : Denim Shorts

  1. Mine took a lot of tweaking, I found that the outcome is better if you cut little by little up. Keep trying them on to make sure they are equal before beginning the fraying process 🙂

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