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.



About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, is my playground!
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7 Responses to Shorts! A thrifty refashion

  1. Lisa B says:

    What a great skill to have! And love the shorts on you and the scenery that surrounds you (including your dog).

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  3. Pam says:

    Great shorts, love the way you could envision the perfect pair of shorts grom your find. Fabulous!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. dezertsuz says:

    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. =)

  6. Carol Broughton says:

    Wow! You are so creative! I love that you include your cute little dog in the pics.

  7. hollykerrauthor says:

    I love ‘goddess size’!!! Nice shorts!

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