Friday, October 1, 2010

Get Shorty

Lei ChicYou just blew yet another paycheck on a pair of over-priced, perfect-fitting dungarees.

The problem? You live in Hawai‘i. And while your mainland girlfriends are busting out their tux-cut blazers and funky-fun scarves, over here, it’s still entirely too hot for pants. You seriously should’ve watched Hawaii Five-O instead of Gossip Girl for fall fashion tips.

Instead of getting your pants in a bunch, chill out and let local denim guru, Allison Izu, show you how to transform a pair of jeans into cute cuffed shorts that you can rock everyday—without even breaking a sweat.

You’ll need: a pair of jeans, scissors, a pencil, ruler, measuring tape, sewing machine, thread and pins.


Lei Chic Step 1
Put the jeans on and figure out how long of an inseam you want. (The inseam is the measurement from the crotch area to where the hem of the shorts will end). Izu recommends a minimum of 2 inches. Add to this the cuff length – if you want a one-inch cuff, add an inch to your original measurement, and so on.



Lei ChicStep 2
Take the jeans off, turn them inside out and lay them completely flat. Pin the pocket up to avoid accidentally cutting it. Measure your inseam and use a pencil and a ruler to draw a line straight across the pant leg at this measurement.

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Step 3
Cut using the line you drew as a guide. Repeat with the other leg. Option: You can add a side slit on the side seam if the fit on your thigh is a little snug.

Lei ChicStep 4
To create the cuff, fold the hem and use a steam iron to press it flat.


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Step 5

Pin and sew the circumference of the short leg to keep the cuff in place. Hint: If you don't like pocket material showing, you can cut them off and stitch them closed.


Not feeling so crafty? No sweat. Allison Izu’s new collection of ultra-chic, vintage washed (ala 1970’s) denim is coming soon. And you can check out her current collection online at

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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