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Turning your ex-boyfriend’s pants into shorts

Repurposing people is bad. Repurposing their old pants is awesome. Especially if those pants have bleach stains on the bottom and Goodwill won’t accept them.

I’ve turned many a pair of jeans into shorts over the years but this was the first time I tried altering trousers. Not that hard! Here’s how to do it yourself: Start by taking a look at a pair of shorts that you already know you like the length of.

shorts and pants

Measure the inseam of your old favorites. This is how long you want you want your new shorts to end up being.

inseam

Measure the waist band of the trousers (so the cuff can have same thickness).

measuring the band

Now you have to do  a little math. From the crotch of the trousers, measure out the length of the desired inseam + the thickness of 2 cuffs. So for me, that was 4″ (desired length of shorts) + 1.5 (cuff length) +1.5 (cuff length) = 7″ total.

Draw a line to across the trousers at a right angle from your new, longer shorts length. Make sure you’ve got it right and trim the pants along the line.

cutting

Roll the bottom of the now-shorts up two times and pin them in place. At this point the shorts should look just like you want them to. Start sewing!

pinning

You may not have this problem (totally depends on the type of pants) but my trousers tapered towards the bottom so I made a little pleat on the outer seam to deal with the extra fabric. I also had to shorten up the pockets a little bit so they didn’t hang out the bottom of the shorts.

corner

Presto change-o! New, kind-of-fancy shorts.

done

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When Candy Melts All Up In Your Favorite Purse

How this went down:
-Got some candy (Lifesavers, yes!) from a guy in the Lion’s Club.
-Ate a piece and stuffed the rest of the roll in my favorite purse.
-Became distracted by the day- forgot about the candy.
-Proceeded to leave the favorite purse in the trunk of my car over the weekend.
-A few days later found a seemingly ruined purse, insides all glued together with multi-colored ooze.

Not today, world! Refusing to accept defeat I did a little searching and found this gem of a tutorial. The author decided to re-line her purse with a lighter colored  interior to make the contents more visible (Ooo, yeah. I’ll do that too) and, most importantly, showed how she used the old interior as a pattern for the new one. Genius.

This was one of the more rewarding projects I’ve done. The purse seriously looks better than before. The fabric quality is higher, I got to pick out the color myself, and knowing I did it on my own makes me feel like a baller. While I was hacking out the purse’s inside I did have a few concerns, like, “what if I’ve completely ruined this- I should have spent 10 minutes trying to clean it” and “what if I don’t sew the new lining in well enough and it’s all loose and crappy?”. I don’t have a sewing machine so I’d have to hand sew all this (even if I did have one there’s a good chance it would turn out looking a bit Frankensteiny).

DO IT:
-First thing was to cut out the candy coated lining. I wanted to keep the zippers in place and to leave some old fabric with which to attach the new, so I left about an inch of the original material.
-Next I used the sticky insides as a pattern for the two pockets in the purse.
-Pockets were assembled.
-Then I flipped the purse inside out and sewed in(with the smallest stitches I could manage) the little pocket.

Little pocket with a hidden seam.

-The big pocket had to be sewn in a different way because it was too small to fit over the whole purse while it was inside out. Instead, I turned the purse right side in and attached the big pocket while it was in place. Added bonus: got to pick a pretty maroon-colored string to show off the stitching.

Big pocket with visible stitches.

What really made this successful was the type of fabric used for the new lining. The tutorial suggested using a lightweight, tightly woven fabric. I kept this in mind but when I went into the fabric store and told the ladies working there about my project they brought me to exactly what I needed. Thank you seamstress ladies! This project initially took a little figuring out but I’m convinced anyone a decent amount of patience could conquer it. As for me, knowing how doable re-lining a purse is, I may not even wait for candy to melt all over my life to try it again.

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