Fashion & Shopping

DIY Overall Shorts

May 13, 2023

With the 1990s back in style, overalls have been all the rage. Now that it’s summer, transforming a pair of overalls into shorts overalls is a fun DIY project. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

Materials needed:

  • Pair of overalls
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper (optional)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Iron


  1. Prepare your overalls: Start by washing and ironing your overalls to ensure they are clean and wrinkle-free before beginning the transformation.
  2. Determine the desired length: Decide how short you want your shorts overalls to be. Try on the overalls and use a measuring tape to measure the desired length from the crotch down to where you want the shorts to end.
  3. Mark the cutting line: Use a fabric marker or chalk to mark the cutting line across both legs of the overalls. Make sure the line is straight and even.
  4. Cut the legs: Carefully cut along the marked cutting line using sharp scissors. Take your time and cut slowly to ensure a clean and even cut. If your overalls have a double layer or lining, make sure to cut both layers simultaneously.
  5. Optional: Remove excess fabric (lining): If your overalls have a lining, you may want to remove excess fabric from the lining to reduce bulkiness. You can use a seam ripper to carefully remove any unnecessary fabric. Be cautious not to cut the outer fabric in the process.
  6. Hem the shorts: To prevent fraying and give your shorts a finished look, you’ll need to hem the cut edges. Fold the raw edge of each leg up by about 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) and press it with an iron to create a crease. Then fold it up again by another 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) to enclose the raw edge. Press the fold again and secure it with pins.
  7. Sew the hems: Use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to stitch along the folded hem, securing it in place. If using a sewing machine, set it to a straight stitch and sew along the edge of the folded hem. If hand-sewing, use a backstitch or running stitch to secure the hem. Remove the pins as you sew.
  8. Finishing touches: Once you’ve sewn both hems, give your shorts overalls a final press with an iron to smooth out any wrinkles and ensure the hems are neat and flat.
  9. Try on and adjust if needed: Put on your newly transformed shorts overalls and check the length. If you want them to be shorter, make adjustments by trimming or re-hemming as desired.

And there you have it! You’ve successfully turned your overalls into shorts overalls. Enjoy wearing your unique and stylish creation. —Vita Daily


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