Last month my aunt gave me a huge pile of her old clothes that she’s been hanging onto for awhile. It wasn’t exactly a vintage treasure trove, but it was definitely full of pieces I could alter.
There were some white jeans that I thought would be perfect to make over. Sadly, my hips (or maybe it was my butt) grew, so I can’t fit into my favorite white shorts I wore all summer last year. Instead of going out to buy a new pair, I made over an old pair of white jeans to replace the white shorts I had to retire.
Grab your jeans that you want to cut into shorts. I used a pair of shorts to figure out the length I wanted to cut it. It’s better to cut it a bit longer because it’s easy to cut it shorter, not so easy to add denim back after it’s cut off.
I used this post to help me. I liked the idea of having the back longer than the front.
Once you have shorts, mark and cut horizontally where you want the distressed patches to be.
Use the pliers to pull the vertical threads out, leaving the horizontal ones. I did a couple test patches on the pieces of the jeans I had cut off before I was brave enough to make the cuts to my shorts.
Once you’re done creating the distress patches, grab the cheese grater. I used a mini cheese grater because that’s what I had, but I’m sure a regular sized cheese grater will work too.
I use the cheese grate on the patches I made, the leg openings and the edges of the pockets in front and back. I suggest playing around with the cheese grater’s different sides to see what works best for you.
I found that this side of the grater worked best for me. It was able to grip the fabric easily when I ran it back and forth.
Throw the shorts in the laundry and have the machine do the work to distress it even more.
I’m not a fan of tight jean shorts which make these great because they’re loose around the leg openings. However, because they’re loose there, they’re also loose at the waist, so I’ll always have to wear a belt with these shorts.
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