DIY Mom Jeans & A Sneak Peek Of The Thrift List August

I love to thrift, but sometimes I just can’t find the right fit. That’s especially true when I’m on the hunt for jeans. I am extremely short with thick thighs, so it’s hard to find something that fits right even in the department store. Sometimes it’s just easier to make my own. Cue the DIY mom jeans. I turned the most un-perfect pair of mom jeans into shorts with just a few simple snips. Plus, in true Thriftonista form, I had to put my own spin on it.

You guys asked me to do more DIYs on the blog, and I have been waiting for the right way to introduce them. The Thrift List for August was the perfect time. In case you haven’t already checked it out, the list has mom jeans or shorts on it. I’ve been on the hunt for a pair that fit me for a while now.

I knew that I wanted something light wash that was either Gap of Levi. I know, I know. Brands don’t necessarily matter when I’m thrifting, but I’m a sucking for those tags on the back.

It took me a few days, but I finally found the right pair. They were high-waisted, from Gap, and looking like they stepped right out of the ’90s. The only problem was that they were waaay too long. Since The Thrift List didn’t specify, I decided on a pair of DIY mom jeans. So, yes, you will be seeing these again at the end of the month, but here’s a little sneak peek.

DIY mom jeans

I am a firm believer that if you can find the exact right item, you should work with what you’ve got. It would be a million times easier to go to an online website, search mom jeans, and have them sent to my house. But where’s the fun in that?

When I brought these home, my mom said, and I quote, “those look like jeans that I used to wear in the ’90s.” SCORE. You guys know I love the ’90s, so I was excited to bring the style into the 21st century.

I got these jeans for โ€” drumroll, please โ€” $4! At that price, I didn’t even feel bad about giving them a little upgrade. Whether they turned out amazing, which they did, or it was a DIY fail, I didn’t invest too much. I find the best DIYs are the ones that you don’t have to plan too much.

DIY mom jeans

I think these turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. All I did was lay them out, give them a chop, and roll them a few times. It was really that simple. I made sure to cut them a little longer than I wanted them, so that I could roll them a few times.

The first time around, they were too long. I slipped them off and gave them another chop. After that was my perfect length. All in all, this took me about ten minutes to complete. All I needed was the jeans and a pair of fabric scissors.

“I am a firm believer in the motto that if you can find the exact right item, work with what you’ve got.”

I didn’t just stop there though. Instead, I made them a little bit more modern with some patches. Pins & patches have been my favorite way to brighten outfits up lately. I purchased these initials a while ago and have been waiting for the perfect time to use them.

All I had to do was lay them down and put the iron on them for a few seconds. It was that simple.ย I wish I could say it took talent, but serious anyone could do this.

DIY mom jeans

I never thought of myself as a mom jean wearer, but I think I have been converted. The high waist and big zipper make these so comfortable. Surprisingly, they aren’t. These might just be the most comfortable pair of shorts that I own.

Not to mention that they have my initials on them. They were made by and for me.

I also really love that I got to choose the length. Unlike the majority of other 20-somethings out there, I like longer shorts. Not pulling them down every five seconds is ideal. It’s a shame that I’m getting into the groove now that summer is almost over.

DIY mom jeans

I know that these aren’t perfectly cut, or even for that matter, but I really like these. If you haven’t DIY-ed anything, you don’t know what you’re missing. It feels so good to make something yourself. Knowing that no one else in the world has these shorts is such an oddly satisfying feeling.

What do you guys think of these DIY mom jeans? I know that it’s a simple fix, but that’s why I wanted to share them. Anyone reading this can do this. All it takes is a little bit of time and the right thrift find. It’s amazing what you can do with a thrift find.



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  • Amelia in Hull

    I love your DIY mom jeans!! They are so cute and having your initials at the back literally makes them the best mom jeans ever!! Xx

    August 23, 2017 at 7:48 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much, Amelia! I thought they were a nice touch too hehe xx.

      August 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • ughmango

    I love love love those shorts, they look great on you I have very similar ones but from American Apparel.. such a nice 90’s vibes!! xx

    August 23, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you! I love the ’90s so much, so that’s exactly what I was going for xx.

      August 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Gluecksgeist

    I love them!! They look so good! Great post Kali xxx

    August 23, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much! xx.

      August 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • outnaboutweb

    They look so amaziing! And I completely agree, going into a shop is so much more fun than ordering clothes online! Great post!!
    love, elena

    August 23, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      WAY more fun, right?! It’s different every single time, while conventional shopping can get boring xx.

      August 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply
  • Brittney Ross

    Ahhhh, I love these and they look amazing on you! Great post girl! xo

    August 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much, Brittney! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • SimpleSerenity

    You did a great job. This shorts looks great. xx

    August 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much, Azra! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • Don't Give a Jam

    these are too cute! I love all things 90’s so I’m definitely not mad about the mom jean trend I love the length you chose & that you made them your own with some adorable DIYing!

    August 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! I LOVE the ’90s too, so I was happy when someone recommended them for the thrift list xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    Stellar fix! Love the letters (:

    August 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks, girl! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • lifeofangela

    These look so cute, I love the KB!! I honestly didn’t actually understand what ‘mom jeans’ were on the list, so I was just looking at jeans Just to clarify, they’re high waisted with a big zipper? ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      They’re high-waisted, often light wash, and have a big zipper. Like something you’d see in the ’90s! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Sophie B.

    Love this, looks so good on you ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that you ironed your initials on the Jeans ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks, Sophie! I thought it was a cute little touch too xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • sayeedahsparkles

    These look amazing on you!

    August 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Lee

    Super cute, those shorts scream DIY there’s so much you could do with them! I love the pink initials! And I enjoyed reading, well writtenโœจ

    August 25, 2017 at 12:13 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I think they’ve inspired me to do even more DIYs! Thanks so much, and I’m glad you’ve been enjoying! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Abby Strangward

    These look so projessional!! You’re gorgeous, too. Loved this post x

    August 25, 2017 at 12:36 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Aw shucks! You’re too sweet Abby. Thank you! xx.

      August 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Keri Elaine

    The patch embellishment is so cute!

    Keri Elaine

    August 26, 2017 at 12:46 am Reply
  • TheFallibleQueen

    I love your mom jeans, that’s such a great idea and I love the personal touch of your initials kali :).

    August 26, 2017 at 7:02 am Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    I love these! And you did such a great job on them! I love the patch on the back so cute! Also you KNOW I can relate. I learned very quickly at a young age to learn to sew/hem pants or else! Amazing job lady! <3

    September 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply
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