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DIY studded shorts | On being sew excited

Inspired by the gorgeous Kim, whose DIY short creations can be found in her shop here, I recently bought a pair of vintage Levi shorts with the intention of studding the life out of them and taking them up.  Here are the shorts before I got my hands on them...


I bought some studs on eBay and spent an evening sticking them in the pockets (whilst watching TV; I like to multi-task), and today I got my scissors out, cut the bottoms off and then took them up using the sewing machine.  Et voila!


I just took a quick photo before I put them on and I've realised the hemming looks all wonky; it isn't in real life, promise! Again, this photo is not great but you can see what I wore with them today.  We are thinking of going to the pub after dinner so I've added the Boohoo boots to try and dress them up a bit.

cardigan: primark | shirt: jack wills | belt: h&m | boots: boohoo

It's been nice getting the sewing machine out today and seeing the craft room littered with threads and scraps of fabric again.  I bought a bundle from Fabric Rehab last year and I sorted through all the bits today, I have some lovely fabrics with vintage-y teacup designs, shabby florals and even one with little tug boats on.  Unfortunately my sewing ability limits me to cushion covers and taking up clothes but I want to try some new things so I've been leafing through my Kirsty Allsop Craft book this evening looking for inspiration.  I'm hoping I can stretch to a hanging heart as my friend is having a vintage tea party tomorrow and I'd love to take her along one as a present, along with a homemade teacup candle of course! The attire for the party is pre-1960s so I've bought a couple of 1940's dresses from eBay and I'm also going to have a nose around the vintage shops in Pokesdown tomorrow.

Hope you all have lovely weekends planned; along with my craftiness today I will further be ensuring my hands do not get idle by digging up the garden tomorrow; the seeds we have on windowsills and in the germinarium are going crazy so time to get the soil ready for planting them out.  How exciting that in a few months time we'll be able to start eating them all; nothing like the feeling of foraging in your garden for your dinner!

16 comments

  1. They look so good! I wish I was just a teeensy bit creative. It's amazing what a few studs can do to transform an item of clothing though! xx

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  2. Ah I wish I had some skills on a sewing machine! Looking good lady enjoy your meal out :) x

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  3. ahh this is so nifty, such a gd diy :)
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  4. Ooh your shorts look lovely Rosie! I need to dig out my denim cut-offs soon, thinking of bleaching mine and adding a lace pocket but I need a kick up the bum to motivate myself :P xx

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  5. Oooh they look really good, just as nice as ones selling for ridiculous prices in the shops! I really want your boots as well...actually, can I just come and invade your wardrobe please? :p Enjoy your party, I'm organising a vintage tea party for charity in a few weeks and can't wait to find an outfit! x

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  6. Good job the shorts look great and so do you. Have a great weekend.

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  7. They look great, love what you've done with them! You look great in them too!
    I recently blogged about my dip dye shorts, which was also an inspiration from Kim :) xx

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  8. Love them Rosie :) you did a great job! Love the outfit you styled them with too.

    Hope you're well :) xx

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  9. They look fab :) I've recently bought some studs- in the middle of some brogues at the moment & going to hit some shorts after that! x

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  10. Well done! :)

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  11. They look great! I just ordered some studs on ebay to jazz up the collar of my denim jacket :) x

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  12. I really fancy doing a DIY project at the minute, and your shorts have turned out so well I might give this sort of thing a go!

    Lou xx
    Bits & Bobs

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  13. Well done Rosie, they look great! The outfit is especially nice, hot stuff! xxx

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  14. Great project and SUPER cute blog, just found it!

    http://thecharleygirl.com

    xo

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    <3

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  16. Your shorts look great! I wish I could be bothered to DIY xxx

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