So, denim cutoffs are pretty self-explanatory. You take a pair of jeans, cut off the legs, and you’re left with perfect shorts, right? But if you’ve ever actually done this, you’ve probably been left with a ruined pair of jeans and shorts that are so terribly unflattering you just throw them away. Thing is, jeans weren’t meant to be worn as shorts so when you just cut off the legs, the fabric’s proportions are all messed up!
So here’s what you’ll need to make it work:
To cut them, use a pair of shorts you already have to gauge how short you want them to be. Use the fabric marker to trace them (front and back separately since the back is usually longer than the front) and then cut over the lines so you’re left with the shorts. Don’t worry if they’re uneven, they’ll fray when you wash them and it won’t show.
Now to make them look like REAL cutoffs! Using a seam ripper or a pair of tiny scissors (like nail scissors) cut the side seam. I cut mine about 1.5″ but it depends on how short and loose you want them. Then using a needle and thread (or fabric glue if you’re lazy like me) fold and glue the seams back on themselves, leaving a little triangle gap on the side, like so. This will make the legs wider like real denim shorts, rather than tighter like your jeans would normally fit.
If you’re feeling extra crafty, you could cut the side seam even more and sew (or glue) some lace in the triangle space. Super cute for a girly, bohemian vibe. Once the glue dries, throw them in the wash, dry them, and wear them!