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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thrifty Tutorial: How to Make Jorts

So yesterday I showed you one of the pairs of jorts (jean shorts) I made last week. So today I'm going to share all my best tips for making your own jorts! I always make my own because a pair of jeans at the thrift store is only about $5 or less vs. paying $20 or more at the mall. So I know that this doesn't sound that hard and most of you have done it at some point in your life but I wanted to show you how I do it because I've picked up a few helpful tips along the way!

#1 How to Pick the Right Jeans
Find a pair of jeans that are one size up from what you normally wear or if they are your size make sure they are not tight in the thighs. Sometimes using men's jeans can work well too! I normally wear a 0 or 2 so I got a size 4. They are Longs but that doesn't matter because I'm cutting them off!
 I also prefer a high waist but that is totally up to you! 
 Some brands I look for at the Thrift Stores that I think make the best jorts are Gap, Lucky Brand, and Levis.

 #2 Figuring out Your Inseam
This can be done by measuring the inseam on a favorite pair of shorts or by putting the jeans on and marking where you want them to end. The nice thing is after you've done this once you know what inseam you like for future projects! I don't like short shorts so I go with a 4inch inseam. This is another reason I like to make my own shorts because most stores only make a 3in or 5in inseam.
 At this point you also want to decide if you want a tradition frayed hem or if you want a cuff. Add about 1.5in for a flipped up hem and 3in for a full cuff

#3 Making the Cut
After you decide on your inseam them it's time to cut. Make sure you cut them straight though!
 After I cut one side them I measure the side and make sure I cut the other other to the same measurements.

 #4 Wash
If you went with the traditional frayed hem it helps to wash them after you cut them off. This with make the strings fray at the hem

 #5 Trim the frays and Wear!

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  1. super cool and useful! first time I tried making jorts, they were tooo tight around the thighs and ended up cutting into my leg. ew, lol.


  2. Great tutorial. I need a refresher on this. Haven't made Jorts since high school. (By the way, high school was a long time ago for me.)

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  3. Some good tips, good post :)

    Tanesha x

  4. oh i need to try out your tips last pair i tried where quite terrible hehe x

  5. I just thrifted a pair to do this exact thing with! Thanks for the tutorial, I may have bought too big of a pair but hey, maybe I can make it work.