Today, I was going through clothes that just don't work for me. I came across these jeans which were comfortable and had fit well but I attempted this awesome hemming technique that I was sure I had thought of on my own. I had heard about a way to keep the old hem on your jeans, and it totally came to me on how to make that happen. All you have to do is cuff them (see a tip below)** and sew as close to the original hem as possible.
It worked amazingly! Only one problem. **I had hemmed them where I usually cuffed them to wear them with a cuff. So the jeans were now about half an inch too short. You need to cuff them where the original seam SHOULD be once you are done. Total bummer. Lesson learned anyways. Two pairs of jeans later...
Also, it turns out that I totally had the technique figured out as I kept seeing pins on "how to hem your jeans while keeping the original seam". Of course, minus the measuring part.
So, these jeans were ready to be tossed into the bag headed for the thrift store, until I saw another idea, which I will post about later, which needed the legs of an old pair of jeans. I figured, why not turn these old jeans into two projects! Reduce, REUSE, recycle, right?
Besides, it is really hot out these days, and who doesn't need a pair of short shorts for the summer days? Plus, I had that Brett Eldridge song in my head... Had to post it, in case you don't know the tune. Had to laugh at the video though, do some girls really make eyes like THAT?? I'll have to ask Adam if I ever batted my eyelashes that dramatically at him!
I was really hoping I'd cut those shorts just right... So I chalk-marked them up while I was wearing them on just how short I wanted them to be. Just a tip about cutting jean shorts: keep the backside of the shorts about an inch longer than the front to compensate for the booty. When I marked the jeans on me, I awkwardly marked all the way around my leg, and so that naturally took into account the extra length needed for my butt. You can see it in the next picture.
Next issue with these jeans was the zipper. It never stayed up. And NO ONE likes a pair of jeans that always has you paranoid like white jeans around a certain time of the month. This is also why these jeans were my first experiment with my original seam hemming technique, that turned out to be quite the norm.
And, as you can see, here are my legs modelling the completed Project Short Shorts. I added a fold to the jean shorts because short shorts can never be short enough!
Now that I've got my new shorts on I feel like doing some summer living!
Beach time? I think so!
Happy Summer Days!
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By Jena Keenan