I spent all morning working on this tutorial, and I LOVE the results!
These shorts are just a tiny bit hard to make, so pay attention dear crafty sisters. You start out with some pre-made shorts (or cutoff pants), and that means you have to maneuver around the pockets (I sewed mine shut a few times) and, of course, the front and back panels. Keep that in mind while sewing! I ended up just hand-basting the lace over the pockets, because my sewing machine does not bend. (you'll see what I mean if you keep reading)
Step One: Cut off some old/worn/ripped and thrifted jeans into cute shorts, at whatever length you desire.
Step Two: Lay a piece of lace over one side. Pin it into place, and lightly cut out the shape your shorts. You do not have to be exact, because we can always trim after sewing it on.
Step Three: Begin sewing at the top. I used a straight stitch for these shorts. If your sewing machine is anything like mine, you will have trouble getting the thick part of the pants under the needle. Just keep working with it! WARNING: DON'T SEW OVER THE POCKET! YOU WILL SEW THE POCKET CLOSED (haha, I did that...<_<) I hand-sewed the tiny bit of lace over the pocket at the end.
Step Four: Starting from the bottom of the shorts, sew up each side, following the seam. Once again, be carful you are not sewing the top of the shorts to the bottom as you sew the lace on. (>_<)
*I did not sew the bottom of the shorts, as that lace was the edge.
Step Five: We are half-way done! Now, lay another piece of lace on the OTHER side, line it up with side one, and repeat from step two.
At The End:Now, take a needle and thread and lightly hand-baste around the top of your shorts near the pockets (unless your sewing machine folds, and is magically able to sew pockets).
Yay! Now you have pretty lace shorts! I styled mine like this:
I was so excited that I promptly made another pair.
I made these in the same way. The only difference is when sewing horizontally, I used a zig-zag stitch to help with stretch!