A step-by-step guide
How to make the PERFECT pair of jean shorts
You will need:
-An old pair of jeans (I found mine at Goodwill for $3) -Scissors -A marker -A ruler -A utility knife or box cutter -A piece of cardboard
First, chop off the legs of the jeans, leaving the remaining fabric 1.5-2" longer than you want the shorts to actually be.
Put them on.
Fold the legs of the shorts up. Look in the mirror and make sure that with the fold, the shorts are the exact length and cut you want. Shorts that subtly slant upward towards the outside of the leg are most flattering for many people.
With one hand, pinch the fold you just made; with the other, run your marker along the edge of the fold. You want to make a line that traces exactly where you've folded the fabric.
For a more exact line, you could pin the fold, take the shorts off and press the crease with an iron. I'm too lazy for that.
Once you've gone all the way around with your marker, take the shorts off and turn them inside out.
Cut along your line. Don't cut the front and back of the shorts together--the whole point of this method is making a more flattering asymmetrical cut.
Now you've got a pair of Daisy Dukes custom-made for your booty.
Now let's distress them!
I use a brilliant method I found in a video on the Free People blog: http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/07/video-distress-denim/ Basically, it involves cutting slits in the denim with a knife, creating narrow strips that fray and degrade with wear.
Insert the cardboard into the leg opening to protect the fabric on the other side. Start your cuts a half inch up the legs of your shorts...
They don't have to be evenly spaced or run the entire width of the leg.
Make some little slits at the top of the pockets...
Front and back.
Drag your blade across the front of the shorts until little pulls and holes start to form.
When you're all done, throw them in the wash.
A spin cycle later... perfection.
Betcha can't make just one.
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