This week’s DIY for Dahlia is a summer short revamped from a pair of pants. If you want to try to make these bleached out shorts, here is the easy tutorial:
Things you’ll need:
Chalk or color pencil
Needles & thread
Bleach (Bucket for Bleach)
Side trim (But not necessary)
First thing I did was use one of Dahlia’s shorts and measure an additional 1 ½” (to fold hem twice) and marked both legs so I know where to cut.
Once the pants are marked I cut off the legs.
Then I filled a small bucket with bleach.
I dipped the pants to a little above the crotch (2-3”), pulled them up and dipped them again going a little lower than the first time (to make a linear line in between the dip). I held them in the bleach for a couple of minutes, then rinse the bleach out in the sink. Next I dried the pants for about 30 minutes.
Once they were out of the drier I folded the hem twice, this way there is no need to finish the raw edge with a sewing machine.
I stitched down the side seams and inseam with a hand needle (tacking is fine). At this point the bleached out shorts for summer are done, but I of course wanted to make them more special for my little fashionista…
I added a side Navajo beaded trim. I used hot glue to attach to the side seams (from waistband seam to hem) but the right thing to do is stitch down (it’s more secure) and they are done.
Dahlia modeled them for a bit since it was not so hot….I guess she’ll enjoy them when the weather is warmer!
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