In the early 20th century, women’s fashion was starting to be heavily influenced by practicality and comfort. As more women began participating in more sports and activites, they needed clothing that allowed them to move freely. Thus, shorts were introduced as a practical option for women’s activewear. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that shorts became more widely accepted as casual wear for women. Hollywood actresses such as Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich popularized the trend, wearing shorts in their films and off-screen. Eventually, shorts became a staple in women’s summer wardrobes and continue to be a popular choice for both athletic and casual wear today!
Chances are, you’ve got a few pairs of shorts floating around your dresser that are… let’s say …. uninspiring. On this blog so far, we’ve added lace to make DIY Lace Shorts HERE and even made our own Pom Pom Shorts from Scratch HERE. In today’s full tutorial DIY, we’ll be giving your old shorts a little makeover with this quick and easy DIY Sequin Shorts Refashion.
I love how the mix of denim and sequin can be dressed up or down. Now, I pair these denim shorts with a loose-fitting tank or you can dress it up with heels. Either way, they’re so much more fun than they were a few days ago.
DIY Sequin Shorts Supplies:
My supply lists are 100% shoppable for your convenience. I’ve linked the materials I’ll be using below (w/ aff. links) so you can complete this tutorial without adding extra errands to your day.
- Scrap piece of Sequined Fabric
- Dritz Wash Away Wonder Tape
- Sewing Shears
- Basic Sewing Machine (not pictured)
How To Make DIY Sequin Shorts
- Start out by laying your old shorts flat on a table. Lay your scrap piece of sequin fabric over the section of shorts you’d like to cover.
- Roughly trim away any excess but be sure to leave about an inch all the way around and you’ve made your pattern pieces! Set your fabric aside.
- Open your Dritz Wash Away Wonder Tape from the package. This double-sided tape is the best thing when working with trickier fabrics like sequin (and also slippery fabrics like sheers and satin.) The tape dissolves completely when you wash your clothes, won’t gum up your needle in the process, and holds everything in place while you are sewing. Apply the tape all the way around the perimeter of the section you’re going to cover.
- Now, lay your fabric over your your shorts again and secure in place using the tape.
- Now, you can closely trim any excess fabric away since the tape will hold it all in place. Using Dritz Wash Away Wonder Tapeis especially handy here because you can closely trim your fabrics without worrying about accidentally hitting a pin with your scissors. This can quickly wreck your scissors.
- Once your fabric is trimmed in place and secured with your tape, it’s time to sew. Use a standard sewing machine with a regular straight-stitch 1/4″-1/2″ away from the edge all the way around the perimeter of your sequinned section.
- Repeat on another section of your shorts if you’d like or keep them asymmetrical! Have fun with your new, DIY sequin shorts!
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Other Refashion Ideas To Try:
How To Make A DIY Bodysuit From A Dress
Denim DIY Lace Shorts Refashion Tutorial
How To Make A DIY Monokini From An Old Bikini Set