Sewing Tutorial: Dressy Cut-Off Capris

Sewing Tutorial: These dressy capris are not your daughter's cut-offsIt has been almost a year since I quit my job to build my craft business. My new daily dress code is Tucson casual, which is about as casual as you can get, especially when its 110 outside. Think, jeans, capris, shorts, and a short sleeved shirt or tank top. Sandals optional.

After making a pair of cut-off shorts for my daughter, it seemed like a good time to take an inventory of my own closet and look for unused office wear that I could re-purpose to suit my current fashion needs. I found a pair of dress pants that haven't been worn for months. It's quite likely that in their current condition they will linger in the depths of my closet until the slightly flared boot cut is no longer fashionable. So, I gave them a make-over into something I find more useful.


  • one pair of unused dress pants
  • scissors
  • quilting grid ruler
  • fabric marking pen
  • basic sewing supplies


This pair of pants was one of my favorites when I worked in the office and I hope they'll be one of my favorites again after my redesign.
Use a quilters grid and disappearing fabric pen to mark a line parallel to the hem, on both pant legs, where you want to cut. Since I am making capris, I cut off 9 1/2 inches. You could modify that to create Bermuda or regular shorts.
Cut each pant leg across the marked line.
Use a zig zag style stitch around each hem to prevent fraying. The stitch I used was called an Elastic Overlock Stitch.
Turn the pants inside out. Use your quilter's grid and disappearing ink pen to mark a line 1 1/2 inches above the hem.
Fold the edge (wrong sides together) up to the line and press.
Fold the edge over one more time. Press, pin and stitch around the hem.
Now, my former favorite dress pants are my favorite summer capris and will actually get to see the light of day.

Sewing Tutorial: These dressy capris are not your daughter's cut-offs

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The Chilly Dog: Sewing Tutorial: Dressy Cut-Off Capris
Sewing Tutorial: Dressy Cut-Off Capris
Sewing Tutorial: Transform a pair of unused dress pants into spring or summer capris. These are not your daughter's cut-offs.
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