Acid-Washed Lace-Accent Shorts Alteration
Acid-Washed Jeans turned Lace-Accent Shorts
Yes. You read that right. Acid-washed jeans. Well, Forever 21 Jeggings to be exact. Follow the journey of turning these pants into repaired, cuffed, lace-accent shorts.
These pants were my 16 year old daughter’s favorite pair of pants. (1980’s mom here- super proud that acid-washed is her favorite!!) Anywho, she loved the pants but they had a rip. She came to me and suggested that since they’re already ripped, can she just go ahead and cut off the legs to make shorts.
Here’s what we ended up using:
First, cut off the legs. That sounds worse than it is.
I used the excess leg fabric to place behind a small tear in the pants to make a patch. Straight stitch back and forth in a big ‘ole zigzag to hold the patch secure. Basically, stitch big W’s all over the rip. I used white thread to blend in with the shorts, but matching thread is really hard to see on a blog post.
She then cut away the excess patch fabric from behind the rip. You can see the stitching a bit better here.
Ok, the new-shorts are repaired.
Next up, cuffs. Two rectangles were cut from excess leg fabric, 4-1/2″ x cut edge circumference. Sorry I cannot give you a number there, your cut edge circumference (at the short’s leg opening) will vary by size.
Take notice, the grain of the fabric is rotated 90 degrees, since we are using the length of the leg to create the cuff. Does that make sense?
The cuff is seamed into a circle, edge-stitched to mimic the commercial production stitching, then folded in half matching wrong sides. I basted the cuff along the cut edges at this point. Now my tidy, folded, basted cuff can be added to each leg with a 1/4″ or serger seam allowance. I put the cuff seam at the shorts inseam area.
That went well.
Since the jegging-stretch was a different direction on the cuff as opposed to the leg opening, the short’s cuffs were tight. As a result, we ultimately added a lace gusset to allow for more room at the leg opening. It is a super-easy fix.
Here’s what that process looks like:
First, I cut a trapezoid from paper to use as a rough template for cutting the lace. The lace I had on hand was 5-1/2″ wide. The trapezoid was about 2-1/4″ at the narrow edge and 5″ on the lower edge.
She then slashed up the side of the shorts about 4″.
Folding the slant edges of the lace under about 1/2″, I pinned it to the right side of the shorts, opening that slash slightly. She edge stitched the lace to the shorts.
Then we removed the fabric from behind the lace leaving a rough 3/8″ seam allowance. As far as I can tell, the jegging fabric doesn’t fray the same way denim would. We’ll cross that bridge later, though. These shorts are now recommended to be hand-washed as I have no idea the laundry care instructions for this lace.
Now the acid-washed jeggins are wearable, stylish for the short amount of time that acid-washed will be stylish, and ready for summer. Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!