So THAT’s what cutoffs look like…

Greetings gators! Today I’m just bringing you a little snippet regarding the sacrifice I recently made to the denim gods. My favorite jeans recently bit the dust. The the dust biting was a long time comin’ – they were a pair of artfully distressed Calvin Kleins that sprung a leak the first time I wore them and pretty much had to get the zig zag treatment after every wash and wear. Eventually the tear wrapped all the way around my leg and when I needed a pair of cut offs last week to go under my babydoll dress, I figured I may as well just make my favorite jeans my favorite cut offs. Very, very short cutoffs…

You will see as the season progresses that when the temps go up, my clothes come off. My favorite summer outfit is a super short pair of shorts, a stringy-sleeved tank and bare feet. Also, I like it super hot and sticky. Also, I have no shame and in the dead of winter could never conceive of going out into public in such a state of undress. But as soon as the thermometer hits 90, something switches in my brain…Anyway, every other time I’ve cut off a pair of jeans, I’ve been very unhappy with the results. Weirdly binding in the front and too short in the back, the results have been unwearable. This time, I put the jeans on, then used chalk to ‘draw’ my shorts on. I slid ‘em off and cut away. Just. Look. At. What. The. Result. Is.

Crocillgators, the back and front waistband are even in the photo above. I know I’ve mentioned before that my crotch depth is super short in the front and my booty is super projectile. Here is some crazy proof of what I’m talking about. You’d think, looking at the cutoffs on their own, that there’d be denim going halfway down to my knees in the back, right? Wrong.

You can see they dip down a bit  in the back – I wanted them short, but still wearable, after all. Even so, I didn’t expect the ‘empty’ shorts to look so very kitty wompus! Crazy, right? Or does everyone’s cutoffs look like this and I’ve just had my head stuck in daisy duke sand??

A little more perspective into the mysteries of the crotch curve!

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  • ginny
    May 11, 2011

    Oh wow, you look absolutely awesome in your new cut-offs! Love your black pumps too, I'm looking for some new ones, can I ask what brand yours are?

  • Rebecca
    May 10, 2011

    I've never been able to successfully cut off jeans and have them look good, but I'm going to try your technique.

  • Casey
    May 9, 2011

    hehe! That is what I feel like all my shorts look like–longer in the back to cover the "junk in the trunk"! Golly, now I don't feel like such a weirdo with shorts that are shaped oddly along the back leg to accomodate my large *ahem* rear. ;)

    I haven't worn cut offs since… gosh… a long time. However I am envying how awesome your's look and thinking I need to dig up a pair of thrifted jeans that I adore the waist-fit, but the legs not so much. Plus, it's really getting too hot here to always be hiding in skirts and linen slacks–sometimes on the weekends a gal could use a pair of cutoffs to keep cool! :D

    ♥ Casey

  • K.Line
    May 9, 2011

    OK, I want to see you wear these with those shoes in the real world! I love that look (and I've even tried it on occasion), but it's bold. Makes me feel very pin up :-)

  • Jeanettec
    May 9, 2011

    Patty, I've got a pair of super short jean shorts that have cuffs and I LOVE them. Too bad they no longer love me. They don't zip all the way up and forget buttoning them. After seeing you in yours (which look great on you btw) I'm seriously thinking about making myself a pair. I absolutely love those cuffs and with "heavy thighs," as my mom would say, they were very cute on. :)

  • oonaballoona
    May 9, 2011

    EYE OPENING. this is why my cutoffs always fail, i cut straight across! PATTY, YOU HAVE SAVED SUMMER!!!!!

  • Shawnta
    May 9, 2011

    As a fellow member of the booty club and also on the hunt to make the perfect short shorts I think the first commentator hit the nail on the head. I playing around with adding some extra length with a contoured waist band under the straight one. Its a sliver coming from the front but gradually adds two inches over the area rump. I think those just look that because they are RTW. Havent had you moxi to do that to an old pair of jeans but I think yours look great!

  • Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood
    May 9, 2011

    Mama got da BOOTY! WERK it girl!

  • merel
    May 9, 2011

    I´m taking a pattern drafting class, and from that I have learned that all trousers are supposed to be about 1/16th of your waist measurement higher at the center back. If you do not align the upper edges of the shorts, but if you lie the short down so that the front waist band is 6 centimeters or so below the back waist band at the center (gradually tapering out towards the edges), then I think the cut-off edges will more or less lign up… So, you´re completely normal :)

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