How To Cut Skinny Jeans Into Shorts For Guys
Do a test run of rolling them if that is the look you are going for. You are better taking extra off slowly than taking too much away and not being able to add it back.
Creating the desired look. This is the time to make the decision of how you want your shorts to look. For a simple roll-up, just roll the hem up a couple of times to hide the messy lines and give them a quick iron to keep them in place. If you want a frayed, loose look, then chuck them in the washer on a regular wash and dry them to produce a nice fringed hem. Alternatively, if you or someone you know is good with a sewing machine, then hem the shorts properly for a smarter look.
Personalise your new shorts. If you are happy with the design of the shorts then you can go wear them right away. We would suggest you think about adding your own touch to make them completely unique. For a rough worn effect, which goes well with the frayed hems, use sand paper, wire wool or a cheese grater and rub up and down against the fabric until desired worn effect is achieved.
Depending on ability you can also think about adding beads, buttons, fabric paint, whatever takes your fancy. You have a new addition to your tired summer wardrobe. We were contacted by Luke David Knowles who wanted to show off his creation. Luke did what we said and tried on the chords to decide where we wanted to cut them too.
He left a couple of inches extra for rolling. Once he was happy with the length he used a ruler and biro to draw a straight line to cut. Once cut he tried them back on and decided to go for the rolled hem effect which we think works really well with tighter trousers.
We definitely think they look better as shorts. What do you think? You could even use the leftovers to create denim bracelets, neckties or something else. Customer Helpline - Monday - Friday Make sure to follow us for all the latest offers and competitions. Find out what to wear and what to shop for. Discover what we are loving, hating, watching and reading. Tight fitting or "skinny" jeans look better as capris than loose-fitting jeans. You want the bottoms of the capris to hug your calves, rather than swim around them.
Bermudas hit at or right above the knee. Depending on the type of jeans you're converting, bermudas can be super comfy or incredibly stylish. If you're looking for a roomy, comfortable pair of shorts you can live in all summer, convert a pair of loose-fitting jeans to bermudas. Tight-fitting jeans that hug the thighs and knees look great as bermudas, especially paired with a flowy top. Classic shorts hit 3—5 inches 7.
This is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down. Both loose and tight-fitting jeans are great candidates for classic shorts. Classic shorts are a good length to choose if you're working with jeans that have holes or other damage below the knees.
Short shorts have a hemline of about 2—3 inches 5. These are perfect for the beach, especially paired with a cute bikini top. Tighter jeans look better converted into short shorts. With loose jeans you risk having too much upper thigh exposure. Be careful when choosing this option. If you want shorter shorts, you can always take a few more inches off, but you can't go back once you cut off too much.
Put the jeans on. Use chalk or a safety pin to mark where on the jeans you plan to cut them off: Remove the jeans once you've marked the spot. Remember that the jeans will get shorter as they fray.
If you want a line of fringe, the spot you mark should be about an inch below the length you want the finished shorts to be. If you plan to cuff the shorts, or fold them over a few times, mark a spot at least three inches below your desired final length.
Lay the jeans on a flat surface. A table or desk would be preferable, since it is waist-high, but if you don't have a large enough surface you can lay them on the floor. Align a ruler with the cut off mark that you made. Tilt it slightly up toward the outer part of the jeans. Lightly trace the cutting path with chalk. Repeat with the other leg. The cutting paths should come to a slight point below the crotch, forming a "v" shape.
This results in a more flattering final look than simply cutting the jeans straight across. Don't pronounce the "v" too much; it should be quite subtle, unless you want the shorts to look shorter toward the thighs. Carefully cut in a straight line along the path you traced.
To get the best results, use fabric scissors, which are designed to cut through heavy fabrics like denim. Don't panic if your line isn't perfectly even. When the shorts fray the little crooked parts won't be visible. Try the shorts on.
Taking into account the extra inch or few inches shorter they'll be in the end, are the approximately the length you had in mind? You might decide you actually want bermudas instead of capris. Take a look and decide before proceeding. Consider hemming the shorts. If you want to prevent excess fraying, or if you prefer not to have a line of fringe around the bottom of the shorts, you'll need to hem the shorts to prevent the fabric from unweaving.
Fold the edges under one-fourth of an inch and use a sewing machine to hem the shorts. If you don't have a sewing machine, fold the the edges under one-fourth of an inch and sew around the edge of the shorts by hand. Consider cuffing the shorts. If you want to cuff the shorts, you should still stitch around the edge to prevent them from fraying too much. Use a sewing machine to stitch around the edge of both legs, or stitch them by hand.
Fold the shorts up, then fold them up again to create a cuff. Use an iron to press the cuffs into place. If you want to keep the shorts permanently cuffed at the same length, you can stitch up the side of the cuffs to hold them in place.
If you're going for the classic fringe look, it's time to throw your shorts in the wash. Put them through the regular wash and dry cycle to produce a nice line of fringe. If you want more fringe, repeat the wash and dry cycle. If you want to prevent the shorts from fraying too much, wash and dry until the shorts have the desired amount of fringe, then stitch around the legs right above where the fringe meets the intact denim.
Sew on beads and sequins in a pretty pattern, or use paint to decorate your shorts. You can buy sequin and bead kits at most fabric stores if you need a little help deciding what pattern to create. Fabric paint is also available at fabric stores. Use stencils to create a neat image. Do you want your shorts to look like you've had them for years?
Use sandpaper a cheese grater or steel wool to "destroy" them. Rub the tools around the pockets of the shorts and along the thighs for that "distressed" look. Rub the tools around the bottom of the shorts to create a gradual fray effect. Make your shorts holey. Cut slits in the front of your jeans with a pair of scissors or an Exacto-knife.
Customize your look as much as you want: Opt for a lot of slits or just do a few, and cut the slits at different angles or try to get them parallel. Use a scissors to cut small holes in the shorts. Gently widen the holes with your fingers. The next time you run them through the wash, the holes will have a frayed, authentic look.
You can make a bleach pattern to lighten certain areas or bleach your new shorts completely white. Mix two parts water and one part bleach in a plastic container. Place your pants in a dry bathtub and sprinkle the bleach solution over your pants. Concentrate the bleach in certain areas if you wish, and experiment with different patterns depending on how you spray the bleach. Once you're satisfied with the color, run the jeans under cold water and then wash them in the washing machine, alone, without detergent.
Use rubber bands for more of an acid-wash or ombre effect. Simply bunch up your parts of your jeans and tie them off with rubber bands. Stick the jeans in a vat or tub filled with a bleach solution of two parts water to one part bleach. Leave there for minutes, depending on the desired color, and wash them off under running water.
Then, run them through the wash, alone, without detergent. I want to look my age in my jeans. What are some tips so I don't look like I am trying to look like a teen?
How To Make Cut Off Shorts For Men
Once the pair of jeans is chosen, it's time to measure. Regardless of how easy (and appealing) cutting a pair of even-length shorts without making an effort to measure may seem, it probably. Cutting skinny jeans into shorts for guys can be trickier than cutting a looser fitting pair of jeans, since the finished product won't look good if you get the length wrong. Always cut the skinny jeans on the long side first, then fold the hem up to see how the shorts look at different lengths. 6. Cut small slits on the sides if the jeans are tight and you want your shorts to be a bit looser. To Make a Frayed Hole. 1. Cut horizontal strips half an inch apart.