How to Make Boardshorts Out of an Old Suit




Introduction: How to Make Boardshorts Out of an Old Suit

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Welcome to How To Tuesdays, Threadbanger's summer special. Today we are going to answer a viewer's question and show you how to make an awesome pair of board shorts out of an old business suit.

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Clothing You'll Need:
An old suit
A hawaiian shit
A tie

Step 1: Measuring the Length

1. Put on the pants, measure and make a mark about 2 inches below the bottom of your knee.

Step 2: Drawing the Line

2. Lay the pants flat and draw a straight line using tailor's chalk and a straight edge.

Step 3: The Hem

3. Cut the pant legs off at the line and turn them inside out. Now, fold up the shorts bottoms about an inch up and pin. Do this for both sides. Be sure you compare it to the first leg so you make them the same length.

Step 4: Sewing the Seam

4. Once the bottoms are completely pinned, sew a seam around both short legs.

Step 5: The Design

5. Now get out a piece of paper and cut out an image. This will be the design on your shorts.

Step 6: Attaching the Pattern

6. Fold your shorts in half so that one of the side seams is facing up. Then place your pattern over it. Once you have it in the right position, pin the pattern down and trace it.

Step 7: Cutting the Shape Out

7. Cut the inside part of the shape out, flip the shorts over and repeat on the other side.

Step 8: The Hawaiian Pattern

8. Now take your Hawaiian shirt and cute out 2 pieces of fabric that are big enough to cover your pattern generously.

Step 9: Pinning the Pattern to the Shorts

9. Take one of your squares and pin it inside one of your cut-outs. Then sew a seam around your cut-out. Once you're finished, repeat on the other side.

Step 10: Making the Band

10. After you're done, take the tie and strategically pin it around the top of your pants.

Step 11: Buttoning the Tie

11. Cut a hole in the tie where the first button is, cut a hole and pull the button through the tie. Then fold the tie over the button, cut another hole and pull the button through that one too.

Step 12: Sewing on the Pattern

12. Lastly, sew the tie to the pants and you've got yourself some new boardshorts!

Step 13: A Matching Boardshorts Suit?

13. And if you're daring enough, you can deconstruct the suit top to match!

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    13 years ago on Introduction

    IM a little confused. by boardshort you mean boardshort swimsuit right? Cause I doubt you can swim in this. Am i right?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    its a light fabric so you can swim in them


    14 years ago on Introduction

    I don't have a hawaiian shit, nor would I want a piece of one on my shorts. I'm just gonna be following these up to step four to make some nice slim fit shorts.


    15 years ago on Introduction

    This is sweet I usually just cut the legs off of my old pants and then you sew a stitch about 1/4 inch above the cut. After you wash them it will frey but not go past the line it looks really cool.