Tutorial: Cutting Jeans into Shorts for the Thick-Thighed

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You may remember the pants above from this post. A total catastrophe chronicling my realization that light colored jeans should be bought with more care than I gave these jeans purchased on sale. But, with every fashion mistake comes a solution. In this case: chop off the bottoms and make shorts! Shorts are notoriously difficult for anyone with thick thighs to pull off. They allow your legs to rub together, creep up your inner thigh, and highlight the widest part of you. Never have I found a pair that fits or flatters, until I started making my own years ago.

With that said, a few steps on how to create the tighter-fitting denim short:

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Step 1: Start by laying the pants flat on the floor and mark an area of the jean where you will make the first cut. I used a simple pen and scissors. Be sure that this marking is much below the knee, we want to just get some of the excess material off so they are easier to work with

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Step 2: Take a piece of paper, fold it in half, and lay it on the jean, tracing the paper so that you draw a straight line. Then cut. This line is going to make it easier to cut a straight line.

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Step 3: Put the cut jeans back on, and take note of where they hit you.

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Step 4: With the same pen, mark where you think you want your next cut to be. Again, be sure it is much lower than you think. You’ll want to leave extra fabric to fold over (if that is the look you’re going for). Then, take the pants off, draw a straight line with the paper and cut again.

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Step 5: After you have made this cut, the shorts should be around the length you want them. I am going for a tighter-fitting not too short look, so I decided to leave some extra fabric at the bottom (2-3 inches) for a folded-over asthetic. Because the jeans were tight to begin with (see above), and I didn’t want my thighs to look squeezed, I gently ripped the inner and outer seams of the pants to give my legs a bit of extra room. Be careful when you do this so that you don’t rip up the entire leg.

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Step 6: Put the shorts back on, fold up the extra material and cut/edit as needed. These are, of course, unfinished. I plan to add a few stitches to the rips so that they don’t lose shape, and sew on some embellishments for added interest. The full “After” shot will be revealed soon!

Just a few simple steps to create the perfect-for-you jean short! Again, this was just the style I was looking for. Cutting a pair of Boyfriend jeans would result in a looser fit (i’m thinking of doing this next with this pair).

Officially 23!

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J.Crew Factory blouse, Sweet & Spark necklace, Target belt, Banana Republic Jeans, Nordstrom Rack sandals, Prada sunglasses

I’m officially 23! Whoa! This past Saturday was my birthday and all I wanted this year was to be very low key with my boyfriend. We spent the weekend eating amazing food, walking around parts of the city we had never seen, visiting the Fort Mason famers market and meeting friends at Off the Grid. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, better weather, or a more wonderful city to spend it in.

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I wore some variation of this outfit for the majority of the weekend as it was in the low 80’s most of Friday and Saturday. I’m getting more and more comfortable with pegged jeans and find them to be so versatile for Spring/Summer.

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Lastly, this lipstick i’m wearing is my new obsession from NARS. The prettiest hot pink color.

Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes and for making me feel even more special!

Quickie Review: Gap “Sexy Boyfriend” and “Sexy Boot” jeans for Pearshapes

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I wandered into Gap this weekend in NYC with my mom and thought I would try on a few things to (hopefully) add to my wardrobe for Spring/Summer. Now, let me start out by saying I can’t believe i’m posting these pictures. They are a) super unflattering and b) show exactly what (super large) sizes I tried on. But, I love you guys so much and in the name of pearshapes, here it is!

First up was the Sexy Boyfriend, tried on as a hopeful replacement for these self-created boyfriend jeans of mine. These were terrible. I ended up sizing up to a 33 from my normal 30…. I mean, I don’t understand what is going on with Gap but nothing fit. Even at a 33 these jeans were wayyy too small in the hip/thigh area and much to big in the waist. Material was stiff and not stretchy and even the length was awkward. Total dud.

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Next up was the Sexy Bootcut jean in white. I have been searching for white jeans for years. Nothing is ever flattering and maybe i’m kidding myself by thinking i’ll someday find one I like on my body. But please be advised: these are not them. Much too tight in the hip/thigh and didn’t even fit 2/3 of my rear end into the back. No thank you.

So, Gap, I think i’m done with you for a while. Your jeans don’t fit girls with hips, make some that do! (P.S. I know their “curvy” bootcut jean exists but in my opinion it still fits like their other jeans and is cut much too narrow)

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Review: 7FAM “Kimmie” Curvy Bootcut Denim

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7 For All Mankind jeans, Madewell top (in another color), Target belt, Nordstrom flats (similar), Scarf from Italy, Chanel WOC

I am perpetually on the hunt for the perfect jean. I have tried almost all low end varieties from Ann Taylor to LOFT to Levi’s, and have never been 100% happy. I decided to venture into the higher end territory as I have literally never owned a pair of jeans over $70. A new denim world! I started at 7FAM because I had heard of their “curvy” line and actually, am very pleased with the way they fit.

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The jeans are a standard 98% cotton, 2% spandex but don’t seem to lose their shape with multiple wears. I took these on a recent work trip for 2 weeks, never washed them and wore them often and saw no signs of stretching.

Regarding fit: I find that while the waistband sits flat along my stomach and back, I always wear a belt because it doesn’t seem to fit snuggly enough for my liking. I love the way they fit around my hips and thighs, tight but not sausage looking. I also am a fan of the slightly higher rise. These come about 1-1.5 inches below my belly button which I think is ideal for a non-highrise jean.

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The pocket placement of these jeans is also ideal for me. About 1.5-2 inches separation from the middle seam is where I like my pockets to lay for my butt to look its best. I also appreciate the subtle fading along the front seaming and rear. It is enough to show some interest but not enough to draw attention to problem areas.

Overall, i’m a fan. Would I pay the over $200 price tag for all of my jeans? Probably not. While I enjoy these and have gotten a ton of wear out of them, the price tag still gets me. I am just as happy with my Levi’s Supreme Curve jeans.

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What is your favorite designer jean brand? Any recommendations?

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