Pants to Shorts Refashion

This morning I was in a sewing mood.  I should have been doing schoolwork, since school has unofficially started here, or practicing my flute, since band auditions are tomorrow, but I was really itching to get my hands on some cloth.  That’s why I was thrilled when I found a pair of too-short dress pants in my closet.

***This is where the before picture would go if I hadn’t accidentally deleted it. :/ ***

I don’t know what gave me the idea to make them into cuffed shorts, but that’s what I did.  I cut off about 21 inches from the pant legs and gathered on the side seams.  Using the legs I had cut off, I snipped off the original hem (that actually wasn’t original since I had to hem the pants when I bought them), leaving a seam allowance, and took them in a bit.  These would be the cuffs.

(Guess I could have let the hem out again. . . but where’s the fun in that?)

I then attached the hem part to the gathered legs and sewed.  After taking out the basting, I had my shorts.  :D  However, I apparently shouldn’t have taken in the cuffs so much, because the leg holes were rather small.  Kind of a tragedy, since I sort of like how the shorts turned out.  They’re a little odd, but they definitely have personality.  Oh well. . .I suppose I’ll be giving them to someone with smaller thighs than me.

Look, I didn’t forget to take an “after” image!
Here’s a terrible attempt to show you the gathering on the sides. . .wish the leg holes weren’t so tight. . .

This was a fun, albeit failed, refashion.  I hope whoever ends up with these shorts is into exercising.  If not, she might not fit these shorts for long.

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