Jeans to Shorts Refashion

I was looking at the cost of shorts online the other day and they cost almost the same amount as jeans and yet they have much less fabric.  I thought this was just crazy and one of those things in life I will never quite understand.

So instead of spending my money on a new pair of shorts I decided to save my money and turn an old pair of jeans into denim shorts.jeans to denim shorts refashion before and afterWhat a difference huh?! I love how they turned out!

I basically made these the same way that I did the capris to shorts refashion a while back.  This time I wanted the shorts to be longer so I made sure the final in-seam was at 5 inches.

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I wasn’t sure originally if I would include these in my summer wardrobe.  I thought I would make them for going to the beach or something like that.  Now, I think I am going to include them in my summer wardrobe because I think I would actually get a lot of use out of these.  So you just may be seeing these soon.

Who knows, if the weather is terribly hot when we get back to Florida, I may update my spring wardrobe with these guys.

I actually think that I am going to be changing out many items in my current spring capsule once I get back to Florida, so I definitely will be doing an updated post to share that with you all.

What I love the most about these shorts is the length.  They are very long and I feel so comfortable in them.  However, if I want to make them a little shorter I can easily do that by rolling them up.

So here are the shorts at their full length:

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And here is how they look rolled up once:jeans to denim shorts refashion

And here they are rolled up twice:
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I am super excited to have these shorts and that I was able to repurpose an old pair of jeans.  I love how learning to sew is giving me the opportunity to create a wardrobe I love but also save money and repurpose old things.

Have you ever repurposed old jeans to shorts?

Refashion: Capris to Shorts


refashion capris to shortsSince we are moving back to Florida and I have pretty much no summer clothes as of this moment, I decided the first thing to focus on was shorts.  But rather than make some from scratch I decided to refashion these old capris I had.

These capris fit really good at the top, but I didn’t like the way they flared out at the bottom.  I thought about just trying to turn them into a skinny cut but ultimately figured it would be too much work and decided instead to just cut them down into shorts.

I haven’t worn shorts much in the past;  Maybe it’s because I have never had a pair I really love.  So this will be an interesting test this summer as to where I stand with shorts once and for all.

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I had two pairs of these, one in khaki and the other in black and it was quite perfect because I really wanted to have a pair of khaki and black shorts for this summer.

This is such an easy refashion;  All that is really involved is to cut them down and hem.  It’s just important to get the length right.  After I finished the khaki pair I decided I wanted just a tad bit more length so I went a little longer on the black ones.  I am very happy with the length of the black ones, but the khakis will work also.  It’s just that modest side of me that I realize prefers a little bit more length.  refashion capris to shortsrefashion capris to shortsrefashion capris to shorts

So to change pants/capris into shorts is so easy and super quick.  Here is what I did:

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