DIY; Mom Jeans to High Waisted Shorts

April 30, 2013

Here is a DIY tutorial on how to turn old mom jeans into high waisted shorts! I've always thought it was quite simple, but people always ask me how, so I decided to document what I did last time. Here is the how to on two different styles, cuffed and cut off!

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I started with two pairs of jeans. I went to my local thrift store, and they were have a sale and I got both of these mom jeans for a dollar each. A pair of levi's (SO exciting!) and a pair of liz claibornes (okay random.. but nice!).

First; Levi's

Before Photos

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Note how terrible and lumpy these look.

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Put the jeans on and make a line where you want to cut, then using sharp scissors cut across the line.

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After I took these I put them through the wash to fray, photos of me wearing them frayed are in my next post. It makes such a difference!

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After Pictures

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It's strange how cutting off the legs makes such a different to the way they sit on your butt and hips.

Lastly; Liz Clairborne

Before Photos

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On these ones I drew the line slightly lower than what I wanted. I coated the edges in clear nail polish to prevent fraying and then rolled them up.

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After Pictures.

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Pretty simple, but fun and absolutely unique.
I'm already dreaming up ways to customize these even further (lace, studs, fabric paint). So fun!

xoxo

10 comments

  1. I like to cut jeans into shorts too when they are worn out at the knee caps, you did a good job here and buying thrifted jeans is cheaper than buying new jean shorts!!

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  2. very good post! thanks for you tips, tonight ill do it!

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  3. Cute! I do the exact same thing, works like a charm ;)


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  4. i love your second pair!! looked so cute

    thanks for stopping by ,

    xx

    selvia

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  5. love these DIY vintage shorts! well done!

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  6. A simple DIY indeed, but still a great thing to do! Wish I had some jeans to do that to, but I don't think I have one.
    Anyhow, they look great on you! Short and long!

    x Sam

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  7. So funny that you posted this- I just went looking for mom jeans the other day to do this! I wore them in my last style post on my blog.

    Yours look like they turned out great too!

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  8. I've upcycled many 80s Levis'! I love to put lace on the legs or ombre bleach them. Especially black ones! You've made yourself some really nice shorts!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

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  9. levi's for a dollar?! such a steal! thanks for the fantastic idea xo
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