diy lace trimmed shorts

Inspired by the original Lover shorts, Chow from Heart + Bleecker‘s penchant for wearing them, and DIYs from both The Velvet Bow and A Pair and a Spare, I decided to jump on board the lace-trimmed shorts bandwagon. I had intended to do a step by step kind of post, starting from scratch. But that went down the drain when I mixed up my measurements and made my shorts too small (even though my practice pair turned out fine). So it turned into a salvage mission and, at the end of the day, I don’t think those instructions would have been of much help to anyone. The only instructions I can give are: get yourself a pair of shorts and sew some lace along the edges! If you can’t sew, hot glue guns are your new best friend.

On another note, please take the time to check out the following links. In the wake of the Queensland flood disaster, more and more people are coming up with ingenious ways of donating to the cause. I’m sure there are many more out there, but these are just two that have come to my attention:

1. Art4Heart Art Auction: With the likes of Courtney Brims, Kelly Smith, Catherine Campbell, Flossy P and Lauren Carney on board, the main question here is which piece of art to bid on! If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece by any of these artists, now is the time to get buying.
2. Flood Relief Auction: a range of items and experiences are on offer here. From personal photo shoots to a tailor-made Gail Sorronda dress, there’s something to suit everyone.
So have a browse and if you see something that you like, don’t hesitate in placing a bid!


  1. Sushi January 20, 2011

    They look perfect! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm really inspired to make a pair too now x Sushi

  2. Vicky January 20, 2011

    These looks lovely! I'm so jealous you managed to make them yourself (even if things didn't go as planned) x

  3. muchlove January 20, 2011

    cute! I so need to get into more fashion diy.

  4. Rachelous January 20, 2011

    Wow they look lovely. I'm sure I'd created a disaster if I gave it a go, although maybe it is doable! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. Chloe Trayner January 20, 2011

    such cute shorts, no one would ever know something went wrong. love them paired with the polka dots.

  6. Fantastic shorts! Sometimes DIY's are good at pointing you in the right direction, but in the end you've got to figure out a new way. I love these! I think I'm going to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Christina January 20, 2011

    The shorts turned out really well! I kind of want to make a pair now!
    And the auctions are a great idea and I hope they are beyond successful!

  8. Rachel January 20, 2011

    Turned out great! Wonderful finishing details! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Merowyn January 20, 2011

    I want to do that to a skirt!! You just reminded me, I think I'll go and get the fabric this weekend. Great DIY lady!

  10. A Pair & A Spare January 20, 2011

    Thanks for the mentioned lovely!

  11. Paola January 20, 2011


  12. ching January 20, 2011

    i keep seeing people with lacey shorts, and it loooks soooo good on you.

  13. katerina January 20, 2011

    amazing! and you made that on your own? cool!

  14. i definitely have to buy me lace and attach them on my boring shorts! your pair looks amazing…<3

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  15. I love lingerie for outerwear, or just outerwear that looks like lingerie. The black shorts are gorggggggggggeous.

    lovely blog!

    sweetness xx
    hope to hear from you*!

  16. Michelle January 20, 2011

    Adorable! The polka dots and silk/lace combo is so luxurious but with such a cute twist.

  17. Zarna January 20, 2011

    wow, great DIY! you look amazing!

    also thanks for the links, i've been trying to find out ways to help out.

  18. Mariรฑa " La Marquesa" January 20, 2011

    recently I am so crazy in love with dots!!! and your shorts are very cute I bought a simmilar model at UO for sales and I feel so exciting about them..

    thanks for the links!

  19. Beatrice January 20, 2011

    Love the shorts and also that dots top! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Abby January 20, 2011

    argh I want I want!!! amazingly pretty diy lady!


  21. chow (heart+bleecker) January 21, 2011

    these are fantastic!! you did such a good job on them! i wish i was that handy…


  22. Larissa January 21, 2011

    i'm loving those shorts! great job!


  23. Jennifer and Sherry January 21, 2011

    those are SUPER cute!! you did a great job! i might just make a pair now..hehe.

  24. Jessica January 21, 2011

    you trimmed it very well.
    i love the idea of lace there.
    and im in love with your polkadots top!

  25. Whoop it up! January 21, 2011

    loove those shorts (:
    and thanks for visiting our blog!!!


  26. Stacy January 21, 2011

    Great look. We used to call those 'tap shorts'.

    A great concept for the flood relief. The link had some great stuff. I donated some vintage stuff to the Etsy Golf Relief Fund.

  27. alannah. January 21, 2011

    i wish i was as skilled as you are, they honestly look like something i would pay a lot for in a shop, wanna make me a pair ๐Ÿ˜‰


  28. Abi January 21, 2011

    Those turned out great! They do look similar to the Lover shorts. Nicely done

  29. skeletaldreams January 21, 2011

    these are lovely! thanks for sharing!


  30. Emma January 21, 2011

    Ooh, those turned out lovely… love the polka dots with it. Very pretty. x

  31. Fashion Me Chic January 21, 2011

    Tuned out well. Should try to do the same.

  32. Jazzabelle January 21, 2011

    oh, your shorts are beautiful, you are ever so talented! i adore the shoes in the post below too, the lighting is just wonderful in the photographs. xx

  33. Hannah January 21, 2011

    Ohhh they're SO pretty! Great DIY idea ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hannah s

  34. CENDRITYSS January 22, 2011

    Nice short !
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  35. The Velvet Bow January 22, 2011

    Soph! You did such a fabulous job. Way more wonderful than mine, I am just blown away. You make me want to do a retry but I can't seem to find just wonderful wide lace. Did you buy yours online or at a store?


  36. ahobodancingbarefoot January 22, 2011

    That's some great work on the shorts. It's good you put the links up, hopefully it'll amount to something.

  37. rebecca January 22, 2011

    you'd never guess that you'd made any mistakes at all! they look wonderful (: xo

  38. Blackswan January 22, 2011

    looks like I have to get myself a pair of silk shorts!! great diy, love the contrast with the polka dots!

    x Your Only Blackswan

  39. anouk January 23, 2011

    god, now you have the shorts i was craving for…
    they look so good.

  40. Raji January 25, 2011

    Such a fantastic DIY
    These shorts are gorgeous

  41. Paper Heart Girl January 26, 2011

    They are so fab! Great inspiration lady! xxxx

  42. sojourned in style January 26, 2011

    lace trims!!- what a brilliant idea i belive i will bec copying sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚ i love the look, not to be confused with undergarments! the polka dots looks perfect with it

  43. Melanie February 1, 2011

    So so lovely. Had to hit the follow button x

  44. catwchang March 21, 2011

    lovely diy post! if making your own lace shorts is not an option for anyone out there, check out the ones i picked out that you can buy right now! ๐Ÿ™‚



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