Wednesday, 31 August 2011

DIY Shorts and New Beginnings

I'm not very accomplished at DIY - I really wish I was, because I'm a bit of an awkward size and I love the idea of creating something new and fresh out of something old and tired. Anyway I figured even I can't mess up something simple as a pair of shorts?

So here's some old topshop jeans being transformed into new topshop shorts!

I don't think I need to explain the steps to you, it's pretty self explanitory. Here's the outfit I put them with:

Tights - Primark, Cardi - Primark, Boots- Vintage

I really like these primark tights as they have a great pattern but are still nice and thick - however I managed to ladder them the other day so will have to buy some new ones. Sad times indeed.

I'm really excited about the coming of autumn, it's my favourite time of the year and I love being able to snuggle up in knits/scarves/hats. Autumn should be a time when things come to a close, when trees shed their leaves and winter signals the year is coming to an end. But for me autumn has always spoken of new beginnings as it's when the new school year starts, when things begin to change.

I'm starting at university (again - long story) and although I'm so pleased that my life is kick-starting again, instead of feeling like I'm stuck at the station and the train is whizzing past me, it's still nerve-wracking. I might be jumping on the train, but my destination is still unclear - I don't know what is going to unfold in front of me. But I guess, if you're going to move forward, that's the risk you have to take. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

Any other freshers out there?  


  1. Are these the tights?!

    If they're laddered then DEFINITELY do the two-coloured leg thing =]
    I really should come up with a name for it...

    Lee x

  2. Those shorts came out great, i really love those boots too!!

  3. Hey, I was thinking about cutting one of my jeans into shorts! (the hole at the knee is about the size of my head now) thank you for the reminder haha, and I agree the tights are pretty funky!

    Excited about your uni news! What are you studying?? I was listening to some song today and it was all about not being afraid to take risks and inevitably fall down along the way because ultimately you take leaps for what you think will make you happy. Not sure why I had to ramble about that but I had to share with you because I admire people who have the bravery to follow through with big changes! So kudos and good luck!

  4. So cute! I love your shoes!

  5. hah...great idea. I have a few old tattered jeans too. I should probably do something with it too :)

    Starting Uni? hmm...I don't know what to say.
    I'm kinda sick of mine. Can't wait to get out. Not really helping, am I? lol.

  6. I'm an autumn girl, too! I love all the colours and cozy clothes. ;) I was gonna start a 4 year program in NYC this month, but decided to put it off until January, so I guess winter will be my beginning this time around, which is a little ironic. Oh well. ;) Have fun at school! The outfit looks awesome, especially the combination of colours.

  7. Good luck with university! Love your cardigan. x hivenn

  8. I've been wanting to do this to my jeans for months but never had the courage to cut incase it goes wrong! Good luck with uni xxx

  9. Cool DIY!

  10. Sad about the tights, but I have to congratulate you on a more successful DIY than I usually find myself doing, hehe.

  11. i always cut my jeans after wearing them a few times. haha! I'm not really a jeans person. thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

  12. Considering how much I wear shorts and how much I wear jeans... I should really do this with my old jeans instead of tossing them.

  13. lovely outfit, i especially love the cardigan and well done at DIY-ing your jeans, i'm too afraid of ruining mine, had to get my mum to do them! haha
    xo Elly @

  14. This DIY went pretty well in my opinion, and I love your outfit! - Mar
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  15. These look great! And yeah, I'm a fresher too!