My oldest son is the cutest thing ever,but the hardest thing about clothing the little stinker is he is just so darn skinny! haha. He’s almost 4 and 18 month shorts/pants still fit his waist. So last summer he was needing some summer pjs but I mostly had pants. Well because of his whole skinny minnie status, the 18 month pants were becoming high waters on him. So what to do? Make them into shorts of course!
You’re going to hate me, I don’t actually have a before picture because like I said above, I actually cut them up last summer. oh shame on me, I know. They’ve been in my mending pile for a year because I accidently cut them at such a funky angle so I thought there was no hope for them.
But I pulled them out this year determined to fix them – and I did!
So ideally if you’re going to do this from a pair of pants, lay a pair of shorts that fit on top to measure the length and cut about an inch below that. That’s what I did, just for some reason at a really bad angle. Don’t do the bad angle though. No bueno.
I turned them inside out and folded up the bottom. Since I cut it all wonky to begin with, the inside is folded up more than the outer edge. You would make an even fold if you cut them well, which I’m going to assume you did.
I pinned on the outside of the shorts and turned them right side out. I sewed with a 1/4” seam allowance.
And did a second seam a little closer to the edge than the first. Then cut the excess fabric out of the inside.
They turned out really good and didn’t end up being too short like I had feared.
So moral of the story is 1) don’t take a year to hem a silly pair of shorts. 2) be more careful when cutting!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Have lots of fun and be safe!!