I really need some summer clothes! Mostly bottoms, I have plenty of tops. My husband and I just talked about how we need to save money. We might be buying a house! Woo-hoo! We are moving in a few months. So I decided to refashion some old jeans (I never wear!) into something for the summer. I had these two pairs of jeans that were a few years outdated. You know the popular boot cut from Old Navy. I'm loving my skinny jeans from forever 21, and for $10.50 a pair you can't beat that. So bye bye outdated jeans, hello capris!
The first thing I did was try on the jeans, and mark them with a fabric marker where I wanted to cut them. I left a few inches for the fold.
I cut one pant leg, folded it over the other, and then cut that one. If you have a serger, serge the bottom of the pants so they won't fray in the wash.
I folded the bottoms up twice and ironed them flat.
Then I tacked them. I set my sewing machine to a zig zag stitch, and changed my stitch length to zero. This makes the needle go back and forth without moving down the material. So you are just restitching the same area over and over again. I decided to use gray thread.
If you look closely you can see the tiny tack marks on each side of the side seam. I made two on the outside leg and two on the inside. I figure if the fold in the front or back messes up in the wash I will just iron them flat again. Or add another tack in the front and back if that bothers me.
So now I have a pair of shorts, and capris for free! Woo-hoo! You can also do the same thing for your kids pants. It would be cute to embellish little girl shorts with ric rack, lace, or ribbon.