How to Turn a Pair of Pants Into Shorts
Hey there! I’m Jess (aka The Glam Pixie), if you like anything to do with fashion, beauty, thrifting, or decor then give my Youtube channel a follow - I’ve got lots of great content that you’ll love.I’m a huge fan of thrifting. I love the fact that it’s not only sustainable but also gives you a little bit of room to be creative and an individual. But sometimes, an item that you picked up in the store that you thought was awesome turns out to not be so great.
Tools and materials:
- Pair of pants
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine (or a needle and thread)
For instance, I picked out these really cute pants. I thought that they were adorable in the store, but I got them home and realized that not only did they not fit, but they look like grandma pants. They were just not going to work! So instead of taking them back or donating them to Good Will, I thought that I’d get some use out of them. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I took these grandma pants and turned them into adorable shorts.
Take the pants in and sew
The pants are too baggy on me, so I know that I want to take them in by 2 inches. I’m starting by turning them inside out, and then I’m going to take the already existing darts in the back of the pants and add a 1 inch dart on each side. With my tape measure, I’m measuring a half-inch when the material is folded - that way it’s an inch in total if you consider both sides. Sew this down on both sides.
Adjust the length
To turn these from pants to shorts, I need to cut straight across one of the legs, leaving a 3.5 inch inseam. To make sure that both sides are symmetrical, I’m going to fold the cut side on top of the long side, line it up, and then cut.
Sew up the bottom
Now that I’ve got the pant legs cut, the next step is to iron them. I’ve folded the bottom of the shorts over, and I’m going to iron that fold down. Now I will sew where I ironed, and this way, the raw edge is no longer exposed, but instead, there is a tidy stitch at the bottom.
Make a second fold
The hem is now completely sewn. I’m going to go back and fold up the bottom of the shorts again - this will give them the cuffed look that I’m going for. After folding, they need to be ironed one more time.
After ironing it a second time, I’m going to tack stitch on the edges to keep them from unfolding. I’m starting with the outer seam, and then I’ll sew the inner seam. Then I’m repeating this on the other side. And voilà, I’m done!
Check out three different ways that I’ve styled the shorts:
I really have fallen in love with these shorts. I love the way they fit, they’re super comfortable and I love the fact that they’re so unique. I know I’m not going to see anybody else wearing the exact same pair!
Enjoyed the project?
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
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If it were me, I’d probably make them just a tad longer with a cuffed hem. That’ll give them a more dressy, stylish look and you could still dress them up or down.