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How to Create Cut-Off Jean Shorts

Recycle an old or outdated pair of jeans while keeping up with current trends by making your own pair of cut-off jean shorts. While you could pay quite a bit for stylish jean shorts from your favorite trendy store, you can mimic even expensive styles with some planning and some tips to get the finish, as well as the length, you are looking for.


• Step 1
Choose a pair of shorts to use as a cutting guide to create your own cut-off jean shorts. Choose a pair that has the length you want your new shorts to have. They don’t have to be jean shorts; even workout shorts will do.
• Step 2
Line up the hems of both the shorts and the jeans. When both hems are lined up, place the shorts onto the jeans with the back waistbands matching up. Do not line up the front and back waistbands; this will make the leg seams uneven when you cut.
• Step 3
Cut the jeans based on the length of your model shorts. If you plan to create shorts with frayed edges, cut at least 1/2 inch lower than the length of your model shorts. If you want to roll the bottoms of your jean shorts, cut three inches longer than the model shorts. For a sewn seam, cut two inches longer than the model shorts.

• Step 4
For a frayed edge, wash the shorts in the washing machine and run them through the dryer. Every time they go through the washing machine and dryer, the shorts will be more frayed.
• Step 5
If an unsewn rolled edge is desired, put on the shorts and roll the hems to the desired length. Take the shorts off and iron the hems to make the rolled-up portion sturdier.
• Step 6
For a sewn seam, turn the edge of the shorts under one inch and iron. Turn under another inch, iron and sew the seam.


How to Make Ripped Jeans With a Scissors

Rock ‘n Roll stars of the 1960s; a half million people at Woodstock 1969; college students of the l960s and beyond; the grunge trend-setters of the l990s; and the designers, experts in fashion and celebrities of the 21st century all share a common bond: ripped jeans. Whether a strategically placed hole across a thigh and knee or an all-out treatment with dozens of rips, ripped jeans make a strong fashion statement. Creating a look right out of a fashion magazine requires only some well-planned cuts.

• Step 1
Look through fashion magazines for photos of celebrities and models in ripped jeans to find the look you want to duplicate. Or search online. Take a close look at the amount of fraying around each cut. Decide whether you are looking at slits or holes.
• Step 2
Try on jeans and imagine them ripped. A pair from a thrift shop could be a better option than ones from your closet.
• Step 3
Sit, stand and move in the jeans you have picked. Then, as you wear the jeans, have a friend mark horizontal rips for you using white chalk. (Offer to return the favor.)
• Step 4
Take off the jeans. For a more worn look, sand each area you are going to cut with rough sandpaper. You may need to go over the area again with white chalk. Place a 2-by-4 wood block behind the denim so you don’t cut through to the other side of the leg and then make your cut with scissors or a knife. Complete all your cuts. For larger holes, make 1/8-inch diagonally cuts at the ends of your horizontal cuts. Use the end of your scissors or knife to start fraying each cut.

• Step 5
Throw the jeans into your washer. Add some bleach if you want a more distressed look. Or splash some bleach on them for another look. Then, dry the jeans.
• Step 6
Pull the jeans out of the dryer and see what you have accomplished. Leave all the frayed pieces alone. The more often you wash and wear the jeans, the more prominent the rips will become.

And here below, I’ll post also a video of cutting a pair of jeans, so you’ll see how to do it, and if you’ll like it… you can also try it! I think it’s really easy and it’s a good way to make your own personalized ripped jeans!! Enjoy 😉

How jeans are made

The jeans production process is in actual facts made of different stages which come one after the other in order to result in the finished product. In general, almost every type of jeans is produced similar to another. The production doesn’t change a lot. Here I’ll write about a typical jeans production process!

First, a pattern maker draws a jeans pattern based upon measurements (of samples) that were supplied by the jeans designer or the buyer’s merchandiser.

It takes approximately 15 pieces that make up a standard pattern for a pair of standard 5 pocket jeans.

A person, or a computer program, will then calculate the optimal fabric consumption by puzzling all the pieces of the jeans pattern on a paper that is placed on top of the denim fabric. After drawing the cutting lines onto this paper:

the fabric is ready to be cut, the denim is laid out in layers on a cutting table. Up to 100 layers of denim are stacked and weights are put on top of it to hold the denim fabric in place, while it is being cut.

The separate parts of the jeans are cut with a textile cutting machine and each piece is then marked with it’ s size, using a piece of chalk so it won’t show after washing.
All of these pieces of cut denim are then put into bundles by size.

It takes about 1.6 meters of denim fabric, several hundred meters of sewing thread, 6 rivets, 1 or 5 jeans buttons, 4 labels (usually imitation leather), and optionally a zipper to make a pair of jeans. An average jeans factory can make about 2.500 pair of jeans per day.
There are different machines for each handling.

On average, it will take about 15 minutes and 12 steps to make one pair of blue jeans.
After the denim jeans are sewn together, they go out to a jeans washing plant where they are washed in what could best be described as: standard, yet very big, washing machines.

A stonewash for 150 pairs of jeans takes 150 kilos of pumice stone and more than 750 liters of water. Depending on how faded the look will have to be, they will be washed somewhere between 30 minutes and 6 hours.
After the stone-washing process the denim garment is inspected for faults and loose threads are cut.

Next the button(s) and rivets are placed using a special type of press.

After that the jeans go on to the garment packing room where final quality inspection takes place and paper tags and labels are placed or attached.

A typical pair of jeans will have a hang tag, joker ticket, pocket flasher, leg sticker, inside care label with product of origin and assorted product id tags. When all is done, the jeans will be placed in a poly bag with proper warning text and packed in a box or bag, depending on the destination country, as some countries or territories have more strict packing regulations than others.

Here below it’s a video that shows the whole process: from the cotton plantation to a pair of blue jeans! I think it’s very interesting and also if it’s a bit long, it is worth taking a look on it 😉

How to size jeans

If you want to do your own jeans, or just learn a bit more how the sizes work here are some useful advises for size them!
Finding the right size is important when you want to be looking good in your jeans. There is no use for you to spend money for some expensive and well-designed jeans if the size doesn’t fit you well. Here are some tips of size jeans for you.
The best way to determine a size that will fit is to go to the closet for your favorite pair, and that is if you favorite it because you feel like it fits you the best and not because it shows other the most (that’s another story).
Make sure you button and zip the jeans before laying them out completely flat, legs spread and straight on a flat surface.
I suggest that you stretch the jeans in the area and direction you are planning to measure. Stretching makes sure that you are measuring all the material, it straightens the denim and you stretch the jeans back to the “wearing size” and not that just-dried-in-the-dryer-tighter-fit.
1. To measure your waist size stretch the waistband 1-2 times, let it relax, then measure horizontally across the inside of the jeans. Double the measurement for the circumference of the waist.
2. Upper hips: Measure horizontally across openings of front pockets, right to left edge of the jeans. Double for the circumference.
3. Lower hips: Use same procedure as #2. Measure horizontally across jeans, 1-2″ above bottom of zipper. Double for circumference.
4. Thigh: Measure horizontally across the thigh at 3-4″ below the crotch seam. Double for circumference.
5. Front rise: On the front of the jeans measure vertically from crotch seam to the top of the waist band.
6. Back rise: Measure from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband on the back of the jean.
7. Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg. Straighten the seam down the leg to get a better measurement.
8. Bottom opening: Measure the flattened leg from side to side on the inside of the opening and double for circumference.

Here are some picture to show you, which part of jeans we’re giving names to:

How do you know if you’ve gotten the right size?
Your new jeans should:
• Be just a little bit longer than you need
• Be the right length for the shoes or boots that you plan to wear them with
• Not wrinkle or fold excessively, which would indicate a problem area where they are too tight.
• The zipper, or buttoned fly, should lie flat
• You should be able to sit down or crouch in them comfortably, without your rear end peeking out.
• Low risers don’t necessarily have to expose your rear. If they do, you need a higher cut in the back or that pair is too small. Another brand may offer what you need.
• Your waist button should snap easily (without having to lie down)
• The pockets should also lie flat. If they don’t, they may not be the right cut for your body type.
Pull them up as high as they go, then crouch in them. How do they feel when you walk around? They should be snug but comfortable. This is how you should feel all day long. After all, what makes jeans so fabulous is their ability to let us look and feel great without sacrificing comfort.

Here is an example of women’s jeans size chart: