Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY Project: Scallopped Shorts

If you've got a pair of shorts you're thinking of getting rid of, consider doing this easy DIY instead. In the end, you'll have a super cute pair of shorts that are perfect for summer time! I got a huge bag full of clothes from my nana last year, and I've been working through it one by one, seeing what I can create to fit my style. I know scallopped shorts have been huge in the fashion blogosphere since last year, so I thought it would be an easy way to mimic the style. The best part of this DIY is you don't even need a sewing machine: just pick up some Fray Check from your local Walmart or fabric store, and you're set! This is also a great way to raise the hem on shorts without requiring a lot of work.

You'll need to decide how big you want the scallops to be, and pick a circular item that is that size. I chose a shot glass. Use a fabric pencil or some chalk to trace your scallops onto the shorts.

When you're done tracing them, use fabric scissors or regular ones that are equally as sharp to cut along the chalk line.

Once you've cut all the way along until the scallop pattern is complete, you'll want to go back and fix any fraying bits. Take your Fray Check and line the edges of your shorts with a thin layer. Give it time to dry and disappear. When it's dry, go back and cut off any loose threads; it should be much easier to clean them up now, because the Fray Check hardens the fabric slightly.

And voila! Once you've finished your lovely new pair of shorts, here's some inspiration for how to wear them!

Shorts-Carrol Reed Collection Petite, Shirt-Spicysugar Collection (via The Little White House, Shoes-nicole (via Ross Dress for Less), Sweater-mac&jac, Purse-vintage

Happy Styling! xo


  1. Thats cool, such a great idea, and recyling too. And they look fab, very retro.

  2. You are one talented girl, Britta! The last time I tried to make just regular cut-offs it was a miserable failure, but you actually managed to make scalloped shorts. And they look incredible! I have to say, I won't be trying this - all of the shorts in my wardrobe are cowering at the very thought of my going anywhere near them with scissors - but this is a great tutorial for people who have more cutting and crafting skills that I do :)

  3. wow such a great idea! I'm gonna do this! Thank you for this post!

    Feel free to visit my blog in your spare time and follow if you like it. Ofc I'll do the same with yours!

  4. amazing DIY!
    it's much smarter to make your own scallop shorts instead of buying a new pair, definitely have to try it sometime :)

  5. Great DIY!!! What about follow each other?!Let me know on my blog :):)


  6. Great idea!!! beautiful shorts!!!
    I follow you with Bloglovin Too!!!
    Have a nice day!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  7. Those are so cute! Great job!
    Thanks so much for your comment!

    Style in the City


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