For this project you’re going to need:
• A pair of scissors
• Chalk or Pencil
• Levi Jeans (Styles 550,912 and 920 work best)
• Metal Studs (Optional)
I am going to use a pair of charcoal Levi shorts, Style 920, that I purchased for $7 at a local Goodwill Store and triangle top studs I found at a flea market for $2 a bag. I recommend using a pair of shorts or pants that do NOT have stretch denim, the stretching of the denim is extremely hard to work with while cutting and studding.
This is the most important step of the project! Try on your shorts and pencil a line at least one inch below the desired length on one of the pant legs. If you are using a darker denim, like the pair of shorts I am using, opt for a white crayon or piece of chalk. It is important to leave this extra length because after washing the shorts, the denim will fray, and the shorts will shrink in length.
Once you have marked out how much you are going to cut, remove the shorts, and lay them on a flat surface. Make sure to double check that the legs are even at the bottom hem. Next, get out your scissors, and follow your marked line to cut the measured leg. Then, take the fabric you have just cut, and lay it on top of the other pant leg to ensure you have an even cut on both sides.
TIP: To achieve the frayed look at the bottom of your shorts prior to wearing, throw them into a dryer for approximately 10 minutes.
You can make a fun pattern or shape with your studs to add your own personal flare to the shorts. Take one of your studs and work it through the fabric, then push all four prongs completely flat; repeat this process until your shape is completed. This step is completely optional, but adds a fun and edgy feel to the shorts!