It was only two weeks ago that I shared my love of raw edged jeans, but since then the seasons have shifted. The heat of the day has gotten hot this week, and covering my sticky pins with a long pant is the last thing I want to do. Shorts season is definitely upon us, and as I have discovered, it poses a new set of challenges crying out for simple DIY solutions.
Exhibit A: the classic cuffed linen short.
Problem: This style is quite dressy as shorts go, and linen is the best fabric for keeping cool. But linen does tend to wilt throughout the day, especially in the back. Sagging, rumply cuffs make you butt and backs-of-upper-thighs look saggy and rumply too. So not what we’re going for.
Solved: The cuff of most shorts is only secured at the side seam. By running a simple hidden stitch along the top side of the cuff across the rear of the shorts, the cuff is easily secured. It will stay in place, rather than folding in on itself, even when you’re seated.
Exhibit B: the denim cut-offs
Problem: Denim is always sturdy and a pair of cut-offs is the easiest short to come by (we all have old jeans in the back of the wardrobe ripe for a hack job). However, frayed edges can be too casual even for most dressed-down scenarios, and I don’t always want to feel like a scruff muffin just because it’s summer.
Solved: Roll a little hem over and hand-stitch it in place to give denim shorts a more considered finish that still pays homage to their laid-back roots.