Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY: Huipil Shorts

We were so inspired by all of our new prints coming up this Fall that we decided to dress up an old pair of shorts with a bright huipil fabric that we had lying around the office. Huipils are the traditional blouses worn by Mayan women. They consist of intricately woven patterns on a large piece of cloth. Each town has its own unique style, which is customized by individuals to represent their own artistic abilities. To read more about huipils, take a look at our blogpost on Guatemalan textiles. These summer temperatures are rising quickly, its time to whip out your shorts and this DIY is such a simple way to spruce up an old pair of cutoffs!

What you will need:
-Denim cutoffs (or any pair of old shorts)
-Huipil fabric
-A hand sewing needle

(We decided to use this bright pink multi-colored Huipil)

1. Firstly, cut the fabric into the shape of the front short panels.
Note: its okay if it is not perfect at first, you can come back and trim the sides when you are finished!

2. After you have cut the fabric out, pin it in place.
3. Thread your needle.
4. Hand sew the huipil around the edges. A simple whip- stitch will do, but if you don't know how to whip-stitch click here for a quick tutorial.                      

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the second panel of the shorts. 

6. And they are finished. Enjoy!

Here we paired our wonderful new huipil shorts with a simple grey tank and a fun turquoise necklace. Craft on, ladies! (and gentlemen) 

1 comment:

  1. Love these! Makes me want to get crafty!