Hi Guys! I’m Megan, the new intern here at Second Glance.
Because sunny spring days are slowing creeping towards us, I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make some high waisted jean shorts. A few weeks ago, I was shopping in Portland and saw a super cute pair of high waisted Levi shorts…and then I looked at the price tag and cringed–60 bucks for a pair! I knew that I could make some that were just as cute for much less money. I found a perfect pair of high waisted jeans for a fraction of the price and set out to make my shorts.
Here’s how you can make some of your own:
What you need:
- One pair of high waisted “mom” jeans
- Scissors (preferably fabric scissors)
- Optional: fabric for pockets, studs, bleach & a spray bottle (I’ll explain later)
- Put on your jeans & mark how far you want them to go with the pencil or sharpie. *Remember: you can always cut more off, so start a little longer than you want. Also, if you want them to be cuffed like mine, mark 2 or 3 inches longer.
- Take off the jeans and cut away! To make sure you aren’t mooning the world in your new jeans, cut them at a diagonal so the back is longer than the front.
- For mine, I wanted them to be cuffed, so I cuffed them while they were on, pinned them, and sewed a couple stitches on the outside hemline so they wouldn’t un-cuff.
- This is the step where you get to be creative! Try finding a cute floral or tribal fabric and adding it to the back pockets, adding studs for a grungy look, or using a spray bottle and bleach to make them retro acid wash (wet the jeans,wring out the extra water, spray on the bleach, let sit for 10 minutes, and then wash them in the washing machine).
Now you have awesome high waisted shorts for a fraction of the price of ones from the store. My favorite parts? Because you made them, no one will have the same ones AND this is a super sustainable practice!
Stay tuned for more DIY projects!
I am knee-deep in prepping for fashion week right now, and I tend to keep this in mind…
AKA I haven’t made the bed, or folded my laundry in weeks.
Needless to say it will be a while before I get a manicure and deal with these godforsaken roots!
Cheers to coffee, and following your dreams!
Time and time again, we at the shop get the request for the “Perfect Little Something” and while we are fairy godmothers of fashion delight, sometimes specificity and satisfaction don’t go hand in hand. Here my loves are the retail rules to live by. They will save you time, patience, and sometimes also save you money.
Start off with a timeline, if you have some time, then you will be able to be more specific. If you need it sooner, you will have to be less specific, or go without (not a personal best recommendation) but if you have to decide on a new “something” or meals for the rest of the month… well there is nothing chic about cup o’noodles.
Once you have established a timeline, set some criteria. Give yourself some wiggle room, and make sure you know how much you are willing to spend, know if you are willing to make alterations, and try to give multiple purposes to the items you purchase.
Whether you have the time to shop online, or if you are well within minutes of a nervous breakdown, being smart and managing shopping time can lead to great results. If you are in a rush and need a blouse for an evening out bring the rest of your outfit with you when you are shopping. If you need it to match a great pair of slacks… bring them!
At the end of all things retail loves- we must remember that the events that need new clothes often are moments that make memories. You won’t remember years from now whether or not you had the right shade of red on, but you will remember the memories you made. Clothes are a great way of expressing yourself, but they can’t say anything without you in them!
Case in point my dears where there is a will there is a way! Not only to look fabulous, but to also take the stress out of getting dressed for all your events!
Just remember to breathe!