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Shorts 101: How to Cut Your Own Shorts

I admit I don’t have the best-looking legs in the world. But I do like wearing shorts during the summer when it’s incredibly hot. I used to care if people would look at my legs when I do wear shorts, but I prefer my comfort rather than pleasing everybody.

I don’t have a vast amount of shorts since I usually just wear them when it’s sunny or when we go to the beach. But if I do want new shorts, I usually just pick through my old pants and cut them. It’s a thrifty way to get comfortable, and it’s actually easy to do.

Pants vs Shorts for Cuffed Shorts

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The initial fabric selection is the first step. Cuffed shorts can be made using two different methods. Starting with a pair of trousers or shorts is a good place to start. You can turn a pair of smudges or tears in the leg of a pair of pants into stylish shorts by upcycling them. For this, old jeans are ideal. You can also get new life out of old pants or shorts by shopping at a thrift store.

You don’t want to start with short shorts because you don’t have enough material to make a cuff while keeping the desired length.

Cotton vs Denim

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Cuffed shorts conjure images of denim shorts in most people’s minds. Adding a cuff to cut-off shorts is a great alternative, but it isn’t the only one.

Cuffed shorts can be made out of khaki and also trouser material as well. Cotton is also extremely easy to stitch than denim because of its lighter weight.

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Length and Width of the Cuff

This is the secret to cuffed shorts that look great. The first roll should be 3/4 inch, and the second should be 1 inch, according to most tutorials. This is an excellent place to get started. The cuff, on the other hand, can elongate or shorten your limbs.

A thicker cuff would then make your thighs appear smaller in comparison if you have bigger thighs. Consider the first roll of one inch and the second roll of 1 1/2 to 2 inches.

A sleek cuff is a top pick if your legs are skinny. An initial roll of 1/2 inch and the second roll of 3/4 inch will look good.

Shorts with a loose fit in the leg, especially denim or khaki shorts, are best if you do have larger thighs. Choose form-fitting shorts if you have smaller legs.

To achieve a slimming effect, the cuff should be placed up or down the wide end of your thigh, rather than directly on it. This helps to draw attention to a slimmer part of your leg.

Cuffed Shorts: How to Make Them

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You’ll start by determining the length of your cuffed shorts. Make a decision on how long you want your completed shorts to be. It’s better to place them in front of the mirror and measure the length.

Decide on the thickness of the cuff and multiply by the length of the rolls to get your seam allowance. If you use 3/4 inch and 1-inch rolls, for example, the cuff will be 1 3/4 inches long. Create a new mark at the start of the length you measured on the fabric. You should cut this line.

Turn your shorts inside out before wearing them to avoid leaving a visible mark.

Make the shorts as long as you want them to be. To keep the shorts from fraying, hem them above the cut.

Cuffed shorts, on the other hand, have the added benefit of concealing the raw edge. This is a step that you can easily skip.

Make your rolls after that. It’s possible that the cuff will need to be ironed to fit properly. The cuff can be pinned to keep it secure.

No Sew Shorts vs. Sewing Cuffed Shorts

Easily sew the inseam as well as outseam with a needle at which original stitching is to make cuffed shorts. The cuffs will not unroll and there will be no visible hem as a result.

The inseam and outseam can be stitched with a sewing machine if you have one.

Fabric glue is an option if you don’t want to sew them. To connect the cuff to the pant leg, make the cuff first and use fabric glue.

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Sewing Pattern: Cuffed Shorts

You can make your own shorts from textiles using a sewing pattern if you are talented at sewing. You can create the ideal pair of shorts from the ground – up using patterns for ladies, men, girls, and boys.

Sewing tutorials for making cuffed shorts from trousers can also be found.

You can control the color, cut, dimensions, and waist of your shorts by sewing them yourself. Instead of buying in-store, make your own if you really want a pair that you’ll love.

Patterns are available from Mood Fabrics and Sew Direct. On Etsy and Amazon, you’ll also find a large number of patterns.

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Rolled Cuffs on the Fly

The majority of tutorials are geared toward making a cuff that can be worn indefinitely. You can also make a cuff out of your shorts by rolling them up and then unrolling them when you’re done wearing them.

This is a great option if you have a pair of cutoffs that you would like to dress up for the evening or simply want to shorten your shorts.

To make a cuff, roll up your shorts. Iron the cuffs after spraying them with spray starch. The sorts will be stiffened and the cuff will not roll down. From inside the shorts, you could also safely pin the cuff. Simply pin the seams together with a pin.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cuffing Shorts

What do you pair cuffed shorts with?

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Cuffed shorts can be dressed up or down quite easily. Cuffed shorts can be dressed up with a polo, a button-up shirt, or a blouse. Wear them with a tee or tank top as well as sandals or sneakers for a laid-back look.

Is it trendy to wear cuffed shorts?

Shorts with cuffs are a wardrobe staple. They are suitable for all ages. If you’re over 40, cut-off shorts may be difficult to wear, but cuffed shorts are a great alternative. When dress shorts are required, they are also excellent. They also allow you to customize the length of your shorts to your liking.

Is it better to buy cuffed shorts or make your own?

It all depends on what you want to achieve and how you want to express yourself. You won’t have to worry about your store-bought cuffed shorts coming undone. You are, however, constrained to the styles available in the shop. You have a larger style selection if you cuff your very own shorts. They can be made out of any pair of long enough shorts or pants. Making your own cuffed shorts, on the other hand, will take some time and effort.

How do you shorten shorts by hand?

Shortening shorts can be done in a couple of ways. Cuffing existing shorts is the simplest way. This shortens them by about an inch. You’ll have to cut the shorts to the preferred length if you want them shorter. Then you have the option of putting them in a handcuff. You also can cut them into cut-offs and wear them that way.

Can shorts be rolled up?

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Shorts can, in fact, be rolled up. It’s a stylish way to dress up or shorten shorts.

Should my shorts be cuffed?

Why would you not cuff your shorts, is a better question. They’re sophisticated and easy to wear. Yes! Shorts should be cuffed.