There are limitless options for how you can paint your shorts and it will depend only on your skill and personal preferences. Be sure to choose a style and length that is flattering to your particular body type. With the jeans off, measure at least one inch below the desired length if hemming or three inches below if cuffing. When sewing on denim, it's best to use a heavier gauge needle such as an upholstery needle if sewing by hand, or a denim needle if you're using a machine.
Align ruler horizontally along pen marks and draw a line connecting the pen marks on each pant leg. Get out your straight pins and place pins, horizontally, above the pen line on each pant leg. Make sure pins go through both top and bottom layer of material. Once both pant legs are measured and pinned, cut along the pen line from outer seam to inner seam. Cut slowly so the material does not bunch up.
You can wear your cut off shorts as they are and allow them to fray at the edges or you can hem or roll up the edges. To hem your pants, keep reading. Follow these steps if you wish to hem your shorts: Turn on and thread sewing machine with matching color thread. Turn cut off shorts inside out. Continue folding and pinning every two to three inches until entire pant leg is pinned. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for other pant leg. When you are finished pinning, proceed to sewing machine and slowly stitch one leg, removing pins as you stitch.
Repeat on other pant leg. When finished sewing use scissors to cut remaining thread edges. Turn cut off shorts right side out. Add cuff or hem length. With the jeans off, measure at least one inch below the desired length if hemming or three inches below if cuffing.
If you want to have the ragged-edge look, do not add any length. Measure the distance between the mark you made and the waistline of the jeans. Make this same measurement on the other leg and mark it, so that you have equal points on each side. Mark a straight line, following the threads of the denim if it is possible, across one leg. Fold the jeans to be sure that the mark on the other side is accurate and then draw a similar line on the other leg.
You will then want to cut the jeans at the line you have marked. Use heavy shears to cleanly cut through the material, as dull scissors will leave edges uneven. Hem or cuff as desired. If you wish to add a cuff, which will minimize the the importance of a clean or even cut line, do not hem and merely roll the bottom to the desired length.
Do strategic bleaching and dying. You can use strategic bleaching or dying techniques to change the color and pattern of your shorts. Consider bleaching only the top or bottom half of the jeans, doing a fade effect with bleach, or bleaching the entire pair of shorts and dying them other colors. You can paint your shorts, if you do not intend to wear or wash them very often.
There are limitless options for how you can paint your shorts and it will depend only on your skill and personal preferences.
For example, you can paint a dark pair of shorts to look like a galaxy or the night sky. Use an old toothbrush lightly dipped in paint to flick speckles of white or silver paint onto your shorts. Smudge on blues and purples to complete the effect. You can also use a stencil to add a pattern or design to your shorts. Make your own stencil or buy one from a local craft store and then use spray paint to add the design in whatever sections or pattern you prefer.
Create a fabric overlay. You can use a different fabric attached to the shorts in order to make them more fashionable and show your personality. Use cotton prints, such as those found at a quilt shop, and trace the shape of the area you want covered.
Leave a seam allowance, iron down the allowance, and then stitch the overlay to the desired section by hand or with a machine, depending on where you are adding it to. You can cover the back pockets, one or both front sections, the cuffs or just the trim. Adding lace can make shorts sexy and fashionable, giving them a feminine appearance.
You can add lace in a number of ways and in a number of places to achieve different looks. You can add lace over the whole pair of shorts. Do this by sewing, using iron-in seaming or simply gluing lace trim into rows across the pair of shorts.
This looks best if you use several different styles or patterns of lace. Begin at the waist and move downward in even, parallel rows.
You can also add lace to just one section of the shorts. You can add it over the back pockets, over one of the front sections, just at the hem or cuff, or anywhere else you feel it looks best. Trace the shape that you want covered, add a little extra to make the seam, fold and iron the seam down and then stitch the lace into place by hand. Create a side slit. You can make shorts which are too small fit a bit better by adding a side slit and closing it by adding an inch or two of stretchy fabric to rejoin the sides.
Choose a fun print to make them fashionable and show your personality. You can also make shorts sexier this way too, by adding a slit and grommets or button holes to lace it closed. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 3. Trace a line with a pencil, using a straightedge. If the line doesn't look right to you, erase the line and try again. Once you're satisfied, trace the line in a dark marker, then cut following the line. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 4. How do I cut a straight diagonal cut?
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