Friday, 7 June 2013

DIY Daisy Denim Shorts


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
Sewing Pins
Fabric Scissors



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!)



x


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19 comments

  1. Great post!! Love these shorts - and love your inspiration too! Rosie is such an icon :)

    Much love,
    Jennifer x

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  2. So cute! going to give this a try! x
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  3. That's really cute! I would love to try this!

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  4. These are amazing! Your ideas are brilliant!

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  5. I am so going to do this, they look amazing! x

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  6. the shorts look amazing! great DIY!

    Sarah
    xoxo

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  7. Very cute shorts, love this idea so simple

    Lauren
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  8. These are so lovely, I would definitely try this out! :)
    x

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  9. Very cute, they look great.

    darlingsophie.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. These are so cute, love the outfit! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  11. I think if I started embellishing shorts with these daisies I'd then want to put them on everything I own! Very cute, I really need more shorts!
    Kerry x Travel blog

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  12. These look awesome Gwen, so so pretty! And I love how you styled them too! xxx



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  13. I was looking at a pair in riverisland not long ago which where almost identical to this and about 3x as expensive.

    x

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  14. I really want to try this! I just need to find some shorts first, I find the perfect pair so hard to find x

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  15. This is such a cute DIY! Just need to get Rosie's legs and I'm good to go haha

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  16. OMG this is so cute
    Need to try
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    S xx

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  17. love the shorts!

    just wondering what type of lighting you used for the indoor photos

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  18. great post!
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  19. cool diy :)
    anyway, would you like to follow each other on gfc/bloglovin and instagram?

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