From Pants to Shorts - an Easy Refashion

My favorite pair of white pants got a black stain in the back. No worries, I thought as I promptly pulled out my trusted Clorox pen. But the stain was stubborn and wouldn't budge. So I applied a little more, and then some more. It faded quite a bit but was still there. No worries, I thought, I'll just leave it on for a little longer. And then there was a hole, smacked in between two back pockets. Since flashing your underpants through a hole is generally frowned upon by the public, the pants were declared officially ruined. Any other person would have tossed them in the garbage can. Not here. Here, the oldest child gets a new pair of shorts.

Seriously, how can I let such awesome pockets go to waste! What I like about refashions is that they are usually quick and you can keep original features. I used the shorts pattern that fit Eli well. I placed the front pattern piece on top of the pants in a way that I could reuse the front pockets, traced it. Did the same in the back, then cut them out. The trick I use to line everything perfectly is to use the already cut pieces as my new  pattern pieces. That way you can match the pocket placement perfectly and everything will be symmetrical.
Check out the coolest pockets in the back, and no holes! For a waistband I used ribbed knit. The shorts also have a functional drawstring.
I am happy with the shorts and the fact that I sort of saved the pants from going to the dump. The photo shoot was a different story. The boy never stops moving. Ever.
See what I mean. I am happy he likes them and they are comfortable to play around.


  1. And look at the new camera in action ;-) These shorts look great and they are now ready for new stains ;-)

  2. The shorts look great! What an awesome upcycle :)

    Heidi @

  3. What a great new life to the white pants (which were supposed to go to tyatya Anya, sigh...). I agree with Mie: wonder how long this 2nd life will last :) taking into account the amount of action they will no doubt have to endure :) good that there are 13 more new ones, as I hear :)

  4. Great refashion - and I LOVE all the photos !!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

  5. A great refashion, Olga!!! I love how you've been able to use some elements, such as the pockets, from the original pants.


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