Are you into the high waisted trend but still stuck in the economic downfall? I’ve found that the best solution to this is to “Do It Yourself”. By refurbishing old things in your house, you will not only get rid of the excess. You will also have something unique and fun to show off to your friends. On a quest to find something easy and interesting to DIY, I came up with this simple method for repurposing a pair of baggy pants into a new pair of high waisted shorts.
What you’ll need:
· An old or cheap pair of pants in okay condition
· A matching or accent thread
· A sewing needle
· A seam ripper
· A pair of scissors
· A pack of pins
· Any extras
- Find an old pair of pants that are in good condition and have a nice color.
- Cut to about mid-thigh or slightly higher and set aside pieces for later.
- Take the main piece (which are now shorts) and remove the middle back belt loop carefully so as not to ruin it.
- Set aside the belt loop for later.
- Undo the middle back seam.
- Cut the middle back waist.
- If the pants aren’t a bit too big, you will need to undo the seam that runs along the inner thighs (aka the inseam) and about half way up the side seams.
- Fit the shorts to you by putting them on, pulling them up to about your belly button and pinning the left and right middle back pieces to a comfortable size.
- Make sure the end pieces are on the inside of the shorts and sew the 2 middle back pieces together.
- Reattach the middle back belt loop.
- Next, take one of the pants legs you set aside earlier and cut out a huge swatch of fabric in the shape of a rectangle.
- Take this swatch of fabric and pin it between the lower front and lower back seams.
- Make adjustments until you’re satisfied with the fit. When it’s comfortable make sure the ends are on the inside and it’s even, then sew it in place.
- Cut them to a correct length.
- Add any extras (like cool printed fabrics, studs, rhinestones or stitching).
- Optional: leave them as cut offs or use the leftovers fabric to add cuffs for a military style.
Some cool ideas:
- insert lace/crocheted pieces into the sides
- add studs in a design of your choice
- paint them with puff paint
- use mod podge to add glitter
- bedazzle them
- distress them