DIY: Cut Off Jean Shorts

With summer getting closer I decided it was time to make myself a good pair of cut offs. Shorts are always so hard for me because I am very particular and nothing seems well-fitting enough, which is why the best solution is to DIY a pair.

1. Take a pair of old jeans. I thrifted my pair for $3 and bought them a few sizes larger than I wear my jeans. I like my jean shorts on the larger side (no too large) because I hate feeling like my thighs are hanging out AND I have muffin top. That would be the worst.

2. Gather your supplies. You’ll need, your jeans, safety pins, scissors and a ruler (Sharpie and iron are optional).

3. Either take a pair of shorts with a length you like, or put them on. Either way, place a safety-pin (or two or three) at your desired length. Take them off and lay them flat. I chose to cut at about 9 inches from the inseam. I figured If I messed up, it gave me enough room to fix, I could fold once for longer and twice for shorter, or decide I hate the fold and just cut them shorter. I used a ruler and a very light sharpie line (I used a light blue). Cut very carefully.

4. Fold your jeans, back pockets facing out. Line up your short side and cut the second side.

5. If you choose to cuff your jean shorts and like them where they are, I suggest ironing them. I am still on the fence so I chose not to do so. The part of my that likes itty bitty sort is screaming at me to cut them shorter, but I might give the longer one a go for a while. Random film reference: I like them because they make me feel like Roberta in Now and Then.

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