I was never was a “shorts girl” and often avoided them at all costs. I kept to my sundresses and I was a happy gal. Well, last year I took to shorts and they became my staple while “down under.” I have always been a fan of distressing my jeans… in college I was so particular and would spend hours with a seam ripper and safety pin removing thread by thread. Now, I take a more liberal approach…it’s whatev! ha!
Anyway, here’s a quick little tutorial to make your own distressed cutoffs.
- Old Pair of Jeans
- Pen/Marking Tool
- Exacto Knife
- Cutting Mat
Note: I would highly recommend thrifting some vintage, high-waisted Lee or Levis. They’re great because they’re small in the waist and baggier in the legs. I am all about the casual, loose, boyfriend-style shorts. If you go with a more modern style jean I would recommend going a size or two up, so they’re not super tight- I’m not about booty shorts. ha!
Step One: Try on the jeans and mark the desired length with a pen. With vintage jeans, most zippers are uber long, so I usually cut only about an 1-2″ inseam.
Step Two: Fold the jeans in half and cut. I do this to insure both sides (left and right) are even. Depending on the size of your boo-tay the front of the shorts may be longer than the back- just sayin… keep that in consideration. ha!
Step Three: Whip out your exacto knife and cutting mat.
Step Four: Slice horizontal slits anywhere you desire. I try to space them out and have one larger distressed area and then other smaller spots. You can also cut at a 45 degree angle, though this will tear the “white thread.”
Step Five: One you make all you cuts, wash the jeans in a separate load (there will be many frays and they’ll get tangled with your other laundry…been there, done that, not cool).
Wala! You’re done! Great new pair of cutoffs just in time for warm weather… and only for a couple bucks!