For months I have been wanting a pair of embellished daisy denim shorts as inspired by Rosie Huntington Whiteley when she wore this floral pair by Christopher Kane for J Brand at Coachella. Taking my own twist on the trend I purchased some little white flower embellishments from ebay (you may have spotted these from a previous diy) and made my own. They're really easy and only a basic knowledge of hand sewing is needed. Here's how I did it and the steps you need to create your own...
High Waist Denim Shorts
White Flower Appliques (ebay)
Needle and White Thread
These Levi cut-offs came courtesy of MeeMee.com who sell vintage denim shorts, long shorts and jeans for very reasonable prices and you can see their whole collection here. When buying vintage shorts be careful of sizing - often the sizes are American but in the past I have had to up-size as well as down-size to find my perfect fitting pair. These sit high on my waist without being too short in the leg. You can of course just cut down an old pair of jeans or find a cheap pair in a charity shop.
I wanted a rough edge on my shorts so I trimmed away the hems. You can cut yours any way you like but I prefer mine not to be super short like Rosie's. This way they are suitable to wear for any occasion.
Place your flowers in a polka dot pattern, starting from the rough hem I used 4 flowers and worked my way up. In the end I used 18 flowers on each side - 36 in total. Ignore the above photo for direction, as I was playing around with how many flowers to use. It's tempting to fill every inch of space with flowers but keeping some denim on show results in a pleasing design.
(Cat paw not needed) - it's now time to pin each individual flower in place. Monty was keen to help out on this one. Be careful to just pin through one layer of denim and not through the pocket linings.
Flip your shorts inside out and you will see all your tiny pins poking through. This indicates where we need to sew with our needle and thread. This is the most time consuming part - I sat outside in the sun whilst I stitched each flower to the denim and the whole process took around 45 minutes but it's very relaxing.
Your shorts are ready to wear! The 3D flowers look amazing against the denim, I like to pair mine with a simple white shirt. The flowers will wash and hold their shape but I would recommend a hand wash or popping them into a laundry bag that can go inside your washing machine on a gentle cycle. (The best part about denim is that it doesn't really need washing that often!)
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