I found these Men's Jeans in my Moms garage sale. I thought I could make a pair of high waisted shorts out of them. I am a lazy seamstress, please be kind!
They were way too big so this is a complete makeover.
Step 1: Cut Off Legs
First decide what length you want them. Then cut off the legs. Be SURE of the length!
Save the legs. Make a skirt from them later.
Step 2: Cut Sides
Since these are so big we have to take them in. Start by cutting along the side seams right through the waistband.
Step 3: Trace a Pattern
Then, the hard part. You will need a pattern for your new shorts so take a pair that fits nicely and turn them inside out. Lay them together lining up the crotch seams. Pin together. Chalk a line adding a half inch seam allowance.
Step 4: Cut Out
Cut on the chalk line. I only cut the back so I had enough cloth left on the front for adjustments.
Pin right sides together.
Step 5: Sew
Sew up the side seams. Use a large basting stitch so you can check for size. This makes it easier to remove the stitching if you need to.
Step 6: Check Fit
Adjust if needed. If not resew over your basted seams with a standard stitch length.
Step 7: Finishing Details
Hem if you want.. You could also fray edges.
I liked the back pockets wrapped around for a unique look. You could remove them or resize them if you like.
Step 8: Finished!
I love my new shorts!