About a month ago I came across the Lazy Oaf Nasty Gal Collaboration and fell in love with these shorts. They are cute and perfect for summer since it’s watermelon season! I decided to make my own version. What follows is a step by step guide to DIY watermelon shorts.
1. Buy fabric dye. I went to Michael’s for soda ash, dye, and a fabric pen.
2. Obtain shorts. You can use a pair of shorts that you already own, cut an old pair of jeans, or do what I did and go to the thrift store. Starting with white shorts or pants is the best option. I found some levi’s jean capris at a thrift store for $6.50.
3. If starting with pants cut shorts to desired length. Put pants on and stand in front of a mirror with your hands at your sides arms relaxed. Mark the spot on your leg where the tip of your middle finger is and cut straight across. This is a good starting place for most people. Depending on your body type, you can leave this as your bottom edge or make them shorter.
4. Next use tweezers or a similar tool to fray the edges of your shorts. Remember that this step will make the shorts shorter, the more you fray the shorter they will be.
5. Bleach shorts. If you started with a white garment, skip to step 6. Always wear gloves when using bleach and dye. I used a plastic paint bucket, a metal bowl, or the kitchen/bathroom sink will also work. Be sure to thoroughly rinse bleach from fabric.
6. Soak shorts in soda ash for 20 minutes. Soda ash is a fixative and will help the color from fading. This step is optional. Wait until shorts are about 80% dry before moving on to dying.
7. Follow the manufacturers directions for mixing dye. I bought green, red, and pink dye. I am going to mix the red and pink to get the desired watermelon color. Be sure to lay down plastic where you are going to be working. Start with dying the edges of the shorts green to represent the rind. Next color the rest of the shorts pink. You can leave a space of white between the green and pink if you want.
8. Cover Sorts in plastic and let them sit at least 8 hours.
9. Rinse, wash, and dry shorts.
10. Use the fabric pen to draw seeds on to shorts. Wait for paint to dry and set with an iron. I used low-medium setting.
11. Wash and dry shorts one more time and they are ready to wear!
Stay cool during the summer with this fresh look!