What to Wear Wednesday DIY Cut Off Denim Shorts

With summer literally days away, you might be thinking about repurposing that pair of jeans that are a bit to short, loose, long or whatever. And I'm sure, like me, you have cut off those jeans and then thrown them away because you cut them wrong. Again. Here's how to get the perfect cut-offs every time.

Start with the right pair

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Choose a pair of jeans. Stretchy denim isn't the best choice for cut offs, so go for jeans in a regular fabric. If they’re fitted in the thigh, again, they might not make the best shorts. Choose a pair with a relaxed hip & thigh. Not your skinny jeans. Or pop on down to the thrift store and grab a pair that are a size or tow big, for the looser "shorts" fit.

image by @itschiny

image by @itschiny

After you have measured your length, put a safety pin on the outer and inner seam as a guide. Then, take a piece of chalk and draw your cut line. No chalk? Use a dull pencil, not a sharp one. The sharp pencil won't leave a mark.

image by @itschiny

image by @itschiny

Next, you want to grab a tape measure or a ruler.  You will want to measure the inseam. Common inseam lengths for shorts are 1 1/2", 3" or 5". Typically the shorts are Hollister & A&F are of the 1 1/2" kind.

If you want to cuff your jeans, I suggest going with a 5" inseam and then rolling them to the length you want. You can adjust from there if the cuff is too much. You can always take off another inch, but you can't put it back once it's off.

 
image by @itschiny

image by @itschiny

With a sharp pair of scissors, cut along your chalk line. Dull scissors will make your cut job harder and will also give you more room for error. If you do cut slightly unevenly, you can hide your oops when you fray the edges.

Fraying your shorts

Once you have your shorts the length that you want, you'll just need to wash them and dry them to get a frayed edge. It may take 2-3 washes and dries to get the right look. If you have a sewing machine, you can run a line of stitches just at the top of the fray, when it is exactly the way you want it. No problem if you don't have a sewing machine. You may find that over time the fray needs trimmed. No biggie.

smiles & sparkles~*

**All images curated from Pinterest