Sunday, 29 November 2009

From trousers, to shorts - with the help of some scissors



I went on a giant charity shop shopping spree on Saturday, to three different towns! I came back with 5 bags filled with vintage goodies - it was very satisfying! One of the shops, Cancer Research, had live mannequins in the window wearing some pretty nifty vintage outfits... definitely different to the usual window displays.

One of my purchases were these highwaisted trousers, for £5. As soon as I saw them on the hanger, I had envisaged a DIY for them - to turn them into shorts! I've been after some shorts with 'rolled up' turn-ups for a while now. I love the shape they make - its almost like a highwaisted skirt, but there will be no worries about a sudden gust of wind blowing them up (very useful in the weather we currently have).

This was the easiest DIY to date - just a case of chopping most of the trouser part off and rolling the remaining material up, with a little stitch to keep them in place.

So here are some 'before' photos...


And after the transformation...

Shirt - Thrifted Jaeger, £2
Belt - Vintage
Shorts - Racing Green, £5

It has to be said, I do feel a little bit like a character from the BBC show 'Land Girls' - but maybe thats not a bad thing? Did anyone else watch it?

Sadie xxx

33 comments:

Kate said...

Yes- definitely looking like Bea from land girls..but it does work (maybe a different shirt if you want to pull it back into the 21 century?).! ..What did you do with the other clothes?
Good handiwork, x.
P.S. how did you get your header...I can't help but feel mine's too plain.. http://thepriceofacupoftea.blogspot.com/.

Corinna said...

i love the high waisted shorts! they look great on you

Alexandra said...

love your new shorts!!
it´s a great change!!

kiss

Amelia said...

Beautiful, what a lucky find can't wait to see the others.
xx

Victoria said...

Oh cool - great transformation!! x

onic said...

wow, a simple changes but look really different. you are so creative.

Penny said...

Lovely shorts. They look great!

Jamie said...

Amazing shorts! And I love the outfit! So missing the stores in England right now :p

zoey said...

Amazing job. If you wore a bright top and some chunky jewelry it would look more modern. But this is fantastic.

Zxx

Saorise said...

The shorts are really adorable! Nice job!!!

Sahakiel said...

Cool transformation, I think I'll make the same with a pair of trousers that I've got around home...

Georgie said...

Great shorts!
xx

rachel said...

ohhh, I love them!
and you look SO cute in the first picture :)

briannelee said...

Cute! I really like the belt as well.

Amanda said...

you are an artist!

I love that look :)

Maria Confer said...

Those pants make the most perfect shorts!! I tried this with an old pair of wool pants a month ago and it didn't turn out well! :(

lululetty.blogspot.com

vivatveritas said...

great diy! you look so cute in the shorts:)

Leproust Vintage said...

That is a great transformation! You did a wonderful job on those shorts!

Zhcsyra hp said...

love ur awesome plaid and very creative <33333

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alissa loves said...

absolutely amazing! love them...i do wish i had better charity shopping luck, maybe i'll give it a try this week :)

Sophie said...

Ooh so gorgeous. The mannequins sound swell.

le blog de leen said...

wow congrats!
that's an amazing outfit i love it :)

leen

Clau! said...

Nice work! I like your new shorts ;)

Saludos,
Clau!

Pierrot le Fou said...

they look just like a pair with a £35 tag on from warehouse :) nice work!

Maju said...

Oh, lovely outfit! I adore DIY :)

xx,
Maju

Dottie said...

Wow, that looks fab!

I've tagged you for an award on my blog: www.pinkpoppolkadot.blogspot.com/2009/11/kreativ-blogger-award.html

xox

iheartvintagex said...

Wow, they look faaab!!! ♥♥♥

Noelle + Kendall said...

the shorts turned out great! goood job :]


-N + K
www.fanseapants.com

hannah said...

adorable! they look great, although i have to say they look nice as pants as well. cute blog, i also love your hand made dress from the previous post!

Liset said...

I love those shorts! I am looking for something like that for months now.. maybe I should also start looking at longer pants and make them short. They fit you perfectly!

Rachel said...

I love the shorts! I actually rather liked them as long pants as well, but your diy is perfect. Such a simple idea as well. Nice job!

'Lee said...

omg, this is so great!
amazing job.

Theory of a fashion victim
xoxo

Graham I. Haynes said...

Liked them before, like them after.
Crafty girl ;)