Shorts! A thrifty refashion

As you may have figured out, I love experimenting with non-traditional fabric choices, and I love a good thrift store find.

I found these goddess-sized stretchy jeans at the thrift store for $1.50. They didn’t look like they’d ever been worn. I loved the yoga-style waistband. Well, I could use an extra pair of shorts, so home they came.

pants before

First I cut off the waistband and set it aside. Then I used my handy Christie Brinkley shorts pattern as a template. I had to fudge a bit here and there, but I made it work.

pants after

Finally, I cut down the yoga waistband to fit the new shorts and sewed it on.


I have enough fabric left over from the lower legs to make a skirt.  Another day, though…right now it’s too hot to sew.



7 thoughts on “Shorts! A thrifty refashion

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  2. Your ( or anyone’s! ) clothing sewing skills amaze me 🙂 I tried to sew some shorts for my sons when they were little….turned out ok but it sent me to quilting in the end. Did some skirts for the grandgirls a few years ago and then back to quilting.

    To do what you just did…altering etc is so creative and exhibits a talent that I do not have but very much appreciate 🙂

  3. Wow, I’m so impressed you could remake that into shorts! I wouldn’t be able to do that. You’ve given me an idea, though, about something else. =)

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