I know you're wondering why I'm posting a DIY for perfect pair of denim cut-off shorts at the beginning of November and not sometime during the summer, but SoCal typically has Indian Summers and we're still experiencing 88℉ weather, so cut-offs are still appropriate. That plus I figure it's going to be summer in the Southern Hemisphere too, so hey why not?
- A pair of denim pants that you no longer care for as pants
Take the pair of pants that you've decided are no longer suitable to be pants but perfect to be shorts, and turn them inside out.
Next take the groin part of the pants and pull them down. I usually pull them down until the front and back seams are even with each other. It looks a little weird but trust me.
Next, straighten out the legs a little and figure out how long you want the inseam to be. I typically do anywhere between one and four inches depending on what I want to do with the edges. Most often I like to roll them up a little so I'll do a four inch inseam that way they aren't too short. You're going to cut across the grain of the denim so you want the legs to be pretty straight, but they don't have to be perfect.
Next cut the other leg. Turn them right side out, and you're done!
I've literally got a whole drawer full of shorts because that's all I ever want to wear during the summer. The less clothes that I can wear (without getting a public indecency ticket for it) the better.
So whether you need a pair of shorts in a pinch because of an unexpected heat wave, or because it's actually going to be summer where you are, now you can make yourself the perfect pair of cut off shorts.