The warm weather seems to have caught everyone on the hop and people are freaking out because they have "nothing to wear" for this hot spell. And what they have to wear ... is all in the wash because the hot spell has lasted more than 2 days (almost unheard of in the UK). But looking around the blogs, it seems that everyone has taken their scissors to hand and made themselves a little pair of denim cut off shorts. So I did too.
Now I already have a pair of denim shorts which I purchased last year from H&M and wore on my Greece holiday and these are what I classify as "shorter"shorts. But I fancied some slightly longer shorts for those days when you feel like you need a little more coverage. Like when you don't want to scare the neighbours when bending over to cut the front hedges. I have to say, this wasn't one of those easy peasy just came together clothes hacks - there was quite a lot of to'ing and fro'ing.
Basically, I cut the legs off a pair of old Jack Wills jeans to a suitable length and left enough for cuffing/turning up. I cuffed them and nearly "cuffed" off my circulation. Oh I crack myself up sometimes! It's just one of those things which happens when you start turning up the legs, they get narrower and narrower and then you get thigh muffin spewing forth. So not good. And I looked a bit dorky and mumsy with my longer length shorts.
So I cut an inch off ... and then another inch ... and then another inch till I thought they were about the right length.
If at first you don't succeed .....
I have to say I was rather carefree and slapdash in my technique in that I did not draw any lines to cut along or anything - I just went for it. One of my sisters would be freaking out now as she would have told me to pin the legs together, measure correctly, mark in chalk etc etc ... but then again I am not my sister.
And bearing in mind that cuffing was not working for me, I went with fraying. Which is where a cotton picker comes in handy.
Strangely satisfying on the first leg, very tedious and boring by the end of the second leg.
Slowly getting there.
Trim off the threads ... or leave if you please. I trimmed as they tickled.
Use thumbnail to run along the edges to rough them up.
Use a lint roller to tidy up the denim dust and debris left behind on ironing board.
Ta dah - finished!
I think they'll do for when the hot spell comes back again. I spoke too soon about turning down the temperature dial didn't I? I made these whilst it was raining outside.
Ta dah! Frayed shorts! (Before wash).
Please note that when you put them in the wash, they will fray a little more again. Trim as you so please! I trimmed them again so they looked a little neater and a little less fringey.
So who's done this one then?