DIY: Lace-Trim Shorts

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We can all agree that trendy shorts can be a little over-priced. There are a variety of shorts that are in style such as high-waisted, distressed, and detailed, yet we may still have trouble finding the style that best suits us. So, instead of worrying about the money and whether you will find the right shorts that fit your taste, why not take it into your own hands and make them yourself?

Step number one is to go to your local thrift store, such as Goodwill, to find any high-waisted pants that are your desired size. Some may be a little big, but just find the ones that work best for you. Now that you have your high-waisted pants, you will also need a pair of scissors and some tweezers for the distressing process.

To begin, you will want to first cut off one pant leg to the desired length of shorts that you will want. Then, fold the cutoff leg over on top of the other pant leg, and cut the uncut pant leg so that the shorts are even. At this time, you may not begin to distress your trimmed shorts by using the tweezers to pull on some of the threads at the ends of the cutoff part of the shorts. You can even use sandpaper or a nail filer to distress the shorts more if you prefer. Next, you can cut slits on the front of the shorts and use the tweezers again to add more distressing.

Remember: The distressing part is based on your preferences and style.

For this next part, you will need some hot water, bleach, a stick, a bucket, and your shorts. Pour in the bucket two parts water and one part bleach, and proceed by dunking shorts into the mixture. To make sure they are evenly in the water mixture, use the stick to move the shorts around so that the shorts are entirely soaked. Let sit for 20-30 minutes depending on how quickly your shorts are discolored. After this is done, take shorts out of bucket and rinse them in the sink under some cold water. Try to wring as much water out of the shorts, and toss them into the dryer until they are completely dry.

Next, you will need some lace and fabric glue that you can find at any sewing or craft store. You will need to measure the amount of lace you will need to wrap around the inside part of the bottom of your shorts, and cut off the amount you need. Apply the fabric glue to the part of the lace that you will be attaching to your shorts until the ends meet. Gradually attach, and complete both sides of your shorts with this process.

Depending on your style and fashion preferences, you may add any other details to your shorts such as garlands. Allow a sufficient amount of time for the fabric glue to dry, and your shorts are complete!

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