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How to Convert Men's Shorts Into a Skirt

Updated March 23, 2017

A great way to repurpose an old pair of men's shorts and add to your wardrobe is to convert shorts into a skirt. This process does not require technical knowledge of garment creation or tailoring skills. Knowing how to use a sewing machine may be helpful for this project, but it is not necessary.

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  1. Find a pair of old men's shorts that fit your waist. Ask your family members or friends if they have an old pair that they are willing to part with. You can also find inexpensive shorts for your project at a garage sale or second hand store.

  2. Use your seam ripper to remove the stitching on the inseam of the shorts up to the bottom of the zipper on the shorts. After removing the stitching, your shorts should look like a skirt that has a triangular slit up the front and back.

  3. Turn the shorts inside-out and lay them on a flat surface. Pin the two front sides of the shorts/skirt together by laying the left side on top of the right side and placing a pin on the overlap. Ideally, the two sides should overlap about 1/2 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch. Repeat this process on the back side of the skirt.

  4. Use either a sewing machine or a needle and thread to sew your pinned seams together. If you have never used a sewing machine, it is recommended that you use a traditional needle and thread to complete this step. When stitching seams together using a needle and thread, strive to form stitches that are no more than a 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch wide and 1/4 inch apart from one another. Turn your skirt right-side out and enjoy the clever new addition to your wardrobe.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sewing Machine or Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Sewing Pins

About the Author

Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.

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