Hooray for turning pants into shorts! That means it's finally summer again. In part 1 of this series, I showed you an easy no-sew way to take winter shirts and dresses into spring and summer. In part 2, I'm going to show you how to make shorts, both no-sew and low-sewing involved.
My kids both are skinny, they have lots of pants that still fit them in the waist but are too short. Or honestly, as is the case with my Dude, they have too many pants and not enough shorts! The easiest way to turn pants into shorts is of course, cut offs!
With my Dude's shorts, I didn't have to be careful at all, just cut them off below the pockets!
With my daughter's shorts I wanted to be a little bit more precise, so I had her try them on first, and marked where I was going to cut.
Then after I cut one leg, I folded the shorts over and cut the other one exactly the same length:
|SUPER blurry pic, sorry!|
I like her shorts to be a little longer length, because then when she's playing outside they protect a little more of her cute little legs from the harsh Idaho sun. It's always nice to have some more length, too, because then there's a chance they could fit her next year!
She also had a pair of khakis that was getting too short, but instead of turning those into cut offs I opted to hem them for a slightly "nicer" look. You know, so she could conceivably wear them to church or school (like she ever chooses anything but dresses and skirts for those events! HA!).
I used the cut off shorts as a guide for where to cut:
Then I cut the khakis just a little bit longer then the denim shorts, for seam allowance:
Then I turned the raw edge under about 1/4 of an inch, then turned in under again another 1/4 of an inch, ironed it and pinned it in place:
I ended up with this cute pair of knee length shorts!
My girl is pretty excited. She even agreed to put them on so I would take pictures of her! So here she is wearing her new, super cool shorts: