We're already halfway through May, and the temperature is still in the 50s where I am. We've been getting occasional days of sunshine and low 70 degree weather. Now that we're finally transitioning into warmer weather, it is now time to break out the booty shorts! Because I'm ready for summer. My favorite article of clothing? Shorts. Booty shorts. I don't have to worry about length or fit as much as a pants or dresses. All I have to worry about is that it holds my butt and we good. Don't have any booty shorts but still have jeans from winter? I gotchu gurl! Here, I will show you how to transform your old jeans into denim shorts. Just in time for the summer!
Find a pair of old jeans to shorten. I found an ooooold pair of Aeropostale jeans from probably 8th grade that still fit. (You can tell when I stopped growing. I've been the same size/height for past 10 years.)
First things first, put on your jeans and gauge the length of your booty shorts.
Lay your jeans flat. I took a pair of jean shorts that already fit me perfectly and placed them on top of the jeans. I drew a line that is a about 3-4 inches longer than the actual desired length with a pink crayon. Do the same to the other side.
Take a pair of scissors and snip away! Again, both sides.
Put on the trimmed shorts. And your done! Just kidding.
Fold the hems twice so the frayed hem is hidden. Fold in about 1 inch increments. The size of the fold doesn't matter as much. As long as they are the same size on both sides. Play around with how the fold affects the length of shorts until you're satisfied with the look.
From here you take some pins and secure the fold, or mark the fold, or measure the fold. Whatever way helps you maintain the length of the fold for when you start sewing. I used pins.
Sewing the Hem
We can start hand-sewing the hem. Use thread that can blend in with the color of the shorts. I used a black thread.
Basically, the type of stitch here is a slight variation of a hemming stitch. Below is a diagram of how the stitch is conducted.
- Thread your needle. Don't forget to tie a knot at the end.
- Start pulling the thread under the fold. Pull the thread through, so that it pokes through the top edge of the fold.
- Snag a small portion (about a 1mm) of the fabric behind the fold. Make sure it is in line with where you want the fold to sit.
- Stitch through the top edge of the fold again, and then pull through about 1 centimeter away.
- Repeat until you finish all around the hem.
- End with an anchor stitch.
The thread should be virtually invisible.
The Final Product
Now go take pictures of your booty in your new booty shorts!