Refashioned Shorts: Men’s to Women’s

Have you ever seen a pair of men’s shorts that you just loved but they didn’t fit how you wanted them to because, well…

you’re a woman??

I know I have. Sometimes there’s just a pattern or a style that is so nice, but I can’t find a similar pair in the women’s section. What to do??
Hubby has this pair of white and blue striped shorts that we found at the thrift store for $3 a few years ago, but he has never really liked them much. It was one of those things I picked out for him because I liked them, and he wore because I liked them, but he never really loved them. (oops!)
I had them in the pile to go back to the thrift store and walked by them this morning and thought, ” Hey why don’t I try to alter them so that I can wear them?”
So I did!
Shorts Refashion: Men’s to Women’s


Here is what the shorts looked like before I did anything to them:
Baggy, too big and kinda sloppy.
I have to tell you, when I was in high school I did wear guys’ shorts and liked it, but those days are over. (late 1990’s!) I had this pair of camouflage cargo shorts that were so comfy! I’m sure I looked like a thug in them though. šŸ˜‰ 
As a mom, I feel sloppy often enough, I like to look a bit more classy when I can help it! šŸ˜‰
No baggy surfer shorts around here anymore!
Here is how I altered the shorts:

I found a pair of shorts that fit me well and laid them on top of the bigger shorts.

I wanted to simply alter the width of the men’s shorts; not the length so I kept the existing hem on.
Then I traced a line slightly larger than the legs of the khaki shorts; as I wanted this pair to be a bit more loose fitting but not too baggy.
If you look closely, you can see the lighter blue line that I used as a guide to sew along.
In true fashion to my math-hating self, I didn’t measure anything, I just freehanded it.
Feel free to measure if you’re more comfortable with that. šŸ™‚
Then I sewed up the lines, and tried the shorts on to make sure they looked okay, 
making adjustments as needed.
I cut the extra fabric off and zigzagged the edges so they wouldn’t fray, then they were done!

Now I have another cute pair of shorts, that I can wear two ways!

~Trendy and Current: Rolled up legs and high-waist with a belt:
Or, the more Classic Bermuda Short look:
I only got one picture of this style, because it was the only one that turned out! 
Which do you like better? I like them both, and will probably wear them both ways depending on the day I wear them or if I want to dress them up or down. šŸ™‚
It’s so fun to re-purpose clothing into something new!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
~Becca
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4 thoughts on “Refashioned Shorts: Men’s to Women’s

  1. If i may ask, what did you do about the crotch? Wasnt it too long? Im not girly an I prefer mens shorts. Im not trying to look thuggish ither šŸ˜Š but I want to be neat, not too baggy or sloppy. Help!!!!

    • It was a little long- I wore the waist up higher on my natural waist to help. But yes, I totally know what you mean! The crotch is usually pretty low on men’s shorts. Sorry, that’s not much help! šŸ™‚

  2. Ooo! I like your shorts! I need new shorts so badly, I may have to try that! I will be adding you to my Google Reader. Thanks for your nice comment! Oh,and if you're on FB… you can follow me at The Backyard Farmwife. I'm doing a giveaway soon! :o)

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