Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Jeans to Cuffed Shorts: "Sew-Easy"!

It's often difficult to find that perfect pair of shorts, or maybe you find some that are just too expensive. Here's how to easily turn a pair of clearance rack jeans into very stylish cuffed shorts! It's quick and "sew-easy"!

I guess I am a little picky (did I say that?) when it comes to clothes. I had found a pair of cuffed shorts in a store advertisement, but there were a couple of problems with those shorts:

  1. They had a waistband and zipper. I prefer elastic waist or pull-on pants.
  2. The jeans in the store advertisement were about $30, and that's more than I wanted to pay.
Soon after that, I just happened on a clearance rack with 2 pairs of pull-on jeans in my size, and I bought them both! At $7 each, I couldn't resist! One pair I kept as jeans, but the other pair-----

would be .....

cuffed shorts!  

F I N A L L Y ! !

The first step in the transformation was to determine the new length.  I used some simple math skills to figure all of this out.

I tried the shorts on and put a safety pin at the point where I wanted the length to end up. I still needed to know how much fabric it would take to make the cuff.

My granddaughter Mia had a cute pair of cuffed shorts, and I measured her shorts inside and outside to help with the length of the shorts. The total length required for the cuff is 2 inches, so I marked that on the shorts.

Next was to cut the extra leg fabric off at the correct angle, so I used a pair of long shorts to help me with the cutting.

Ms. Nancy's Tip: Using spring loaded scissors makes it easy to cut through several layers of denim at one time.

After I cut the first leg, I folded the jeans legs together. I matched the top, sides, and inside seams before cutting the second leg the same length.

Measure twice; cut once!

I finished the cut edges of the shorts by serging, or you could sew with a zigzag stitch.

To form a cuff, I measured and pined the shorts legs 3/4" to the outside. I steam-pressed well.

I measured, pined, and steam-pressed the shorts legs 1-1/4" to the outside over the previous pressed edge.

At this point, I made certain that both legs are even!

Finally, on the outside I sewed along the side seam line through the cuff. I sewed the seam twice, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seams.

Optional:  The shorts were a little loose above the cuffs, so I tried them on again and used a safety pin to mark how much I needed to "take them in" for a better fit. I sewed a new seam, trimmed it, and serged the edges.

Press, and you are done!

I love my cuffed shorts! They are comfortable, stylish, and fit very well.

And, they were only $7.00! 

I'm loving my new cuffed shorts!

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