Monday, April 2, 2012

How to: Make High Rise Shorts

In yesterday's "current obsession's" post I talked about my quest for high rise shorts. I finally did find one pair of black, high rise shorts in HM back in August. However, since then I haven't been able to find anymore until.... suddenly, this spring they are all over the place in Urban Outfitters and similar hipster/trendy stores, but the price tags are not budget friendly (over $5o). So what's a girl with fancy champagne taste on a beer budget to do? Do it your damn self.

I went to a local thrift store, searched like a maniac for stylish 80's mom jeans in my size. After about 40 minutes and several "what is she about to wear looks" from the other shoppers, I narrowed it down to four pair of jeans. These are the results of two:

DIY High Rise Shorts

Check out the rest of the post to see how I made them.

Materials Needed: Sharp scissors, Marker, Jeans, Sense of adventure
**Optional: Ruler/ Measuring Tape 

Step 1: Head to your local thrift store to find a pair of vintage "mom jeans" that looks like it has some potential. Can't tell which ones are "high rise"? Look for jeans that have more distance between the back middle belt loop and the middle seem between the pockets, that usually means they will come up higher on you.

This is one of the ones I purchased.

Step 2: Try on the jeans. While wearing the jeans use the marker to make a mark on the jeans at the length you want your shorts to be.

Step 3: Take of the jeans. Extend the mark you made on the jeans into a line that goes across the whole leg of the jean (you can use a ruler if you have one)

Step 4: Cut across the line you just made on the jeans, being careful to not leave any marker still on the jeans.

Step 5: Place the now severed jean leg on top of the still attached leg and line up the ends. Use the marker to mark on the still attached leg where the severed leg ends to make sure both sides are equal.

Step 6: Cut across the line you just made on the jeans, being careful to not leave any marker still on the jeans.

Your finished!! You show now have  a pair of the highly coveted high rise shorts (extra props to you since yours are actually vintage, not just made to look "vintagey."


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