Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY - Weird Shorts to Cute Skirt

So I found this semi-disgusting pair of shorts at my favorite thrift store in all of Chicago (oddly the mustard square-neck t-shirt paired with it is from there too!) 


I actually saw recently over on Annika's blog from The Pine Needle Collective (who I follow and I think is super-adorable!) that she had found a pair of "skirt shorts" and was asking people on her blog what she should do with them.

  I fell in love with the color and style of the pattern even though they're golfers. 

To me, it was a no-brainer as to what I was going to do with them - make them into a skirt! This is super-quick and can be done in about an hour or so. You can do this with virtually any pair of shorts. 

First, rip open the seams with a seam-ripper up to the rise of the shorts. 

 Next, I pin together the vertical seam where I just ripped it to align it to a straight hem. 

 Pinning from the rise, align pins where you intend to sew. You want to make sure you sew inside where the rise used to be, as straight as you can from where the rise just starts to curve. If you're not sure, you can always just pin then flip and try it on to see if it looks fine. 

 After sewing (do this on both front and back seams, of course!) go ahead and cut your excess fabric. I finish of the edge of the seams off with my serger, but you can also use a zigzag stitch on your machine to prevent fraying. 

 Aaaand go ahead and sew in your little label, just in case. (Manic Pop - Re-Vamp!)

 Finished results!

I can't wait to start wearing it! 

Top, belt, and now-skirt all thrifted. 

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