We still have many hot days ahead of us which are going to call for some cutoff shorts. However, it can be hard to find the perfect pair of distressed shorts. Either they don’t fit, there are too many holes or not enough holes, or maybe they aren’t the right shade of denim that you had in mind. Have you ever tried making them yourself? It’s a simple DIY project and the best part is that you can create them to look exactly how you envisioned. If you follow these 5 cutoff DIY tips, you’ll get it right every time.
1. Buy oversized
When you head out to the thrift store, try on old jeans that are a couple sizes too big. Obviously you don’t want them falling off but the extra room will create that lived-in loose fit that you’ve been searching for.
2. Measure the inseam
Measuring the inseam will determine your best length. You generally want to leave 3″ here. The inseam needs to be a smidge longer to create a natural angled look. If you quickly chop off the pants without leaving enough at the inseam, your DIY cutoffs will quickly turn into a disaster.
3. Draw your hemline with chalk
Nothing is worse than finishing your cutoffs, trying them on, and oops… one leg is way shorter than the other. We know it’s tempting to hack away (you’re excited we get that) but to make the perfect pair, draw out your desired hemline with chalk and measure to ensure that the two sides match up. Remember to create this line on an angle (the inseam should be longer).
4. Fray Away
Now it’s time for the fun part! To create the fray at the bottom, take a pair of pinking shears to the edge of the shorts. All you need to do is run it along the edges of each leg hole. To create holes throughout the shorts do the same thing. A box cutter is another good tool to use. Cut short lines in the denim where holes are desired.
5. Wash and dry before wearing
You’re finally done but first you need to wash and dry your shorts to give them that finished vintage vibe. Washing will open up the holes and create more fray!
Perfect denim cutoffs every time.