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Topic: Highwaters turned high-stylin'! - Upcycled tute!  (Read 1918 times)
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« on: April 18, 2012 06:55:16 PM »

As with most of our kiddos, watching them grow is both joyous and painful...  Joyous to us, and painful to our wallets when we have to buy new clothes. *chuckle*

My kiddo has recently been growing by leaps and bounds and, while she still fit into her cargo jeans, they didn't fit lengthwise on her very well at all...  HOWEVER - I decided, since I had a bunch of trim available, and about 20 minutes, she could have the most original pair of cargo shorts around!

And here's how to do it for your little one...

First of all, you need to decide how short you want to cut them. Since these were well into highwaters, but I didn't want my DD to be wearing hot pants, either, I kept them fairly long...  As you can see, they hit just at the knee, making them wearable throughout the summer.

Once you decide where to cut them, it's time to turn the seams. After trimming the edges of many other projects, I've learned that if you can hide a seam with trim, do it. It cuts down on the amount of fabric you have to repeatedly sew over, and takes an extra step out of the sewing.  So, turn the seam right side out, with enough turn over to make sure that it won't fray, and make sure that your trim is going to be wide enough to cover it.

After you're done with the initial hem, it should look pretty much like this (BTW, you can use this on shirt sleeves, too - wonderful tip!!).

Next you'll want to sew down the trim onto the hem. I decided on a two-step process, because I wanted some beaded fringe trim on here...  If you want to just do a single trim, then skip this part.

If you decide on the beaded fringe, you'll see on this pic that the hem is still showing - that's ok...  Because the trim I picked for it is 2" wide and will cover the hem completely.

Now, sew your trim onto the hem, at each edge...

Once it's done, these pants have been given another summer season's worth of use! Whooty whoot!

Here's a close-up of the trim I used for DD's "new" shorts.

I hope you enjoyed the tute! Have a great summer!

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012 03:25:09 AM »

What a brilliant idea, and such a good tip to cover the seam with a trim. Your choices of trims are amazing too.

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012 07:57:51 AM »

Awesome!  And if they get too short again...cut them by the crotch (or below the zipper, if they have one) and make a skirt by adding fabrics to the bottom of it! Cheesy

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