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Making Denim Cut-Offs: We Tried It And Almost Succeeded - Put To The Test (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Want some new denim shorts? Make your own!
Want some new denim shorts? Make your own!

At some point, we've all purchased something whose results were, er, questionable, and didn't live up to our expectations or deliver the results we were so boldly promised. But no more! For the sake of you and your hard-earned money, The Huffington Post Canada Style team is putting the latest products to the test every week.

Testing: FabSugar's How-to video to make your own cut-off jean shorts

Testing Period: Approximately 20 minutes

Tested By: Meredith Gillies, Associate Editor, Style

Price: $10 + Tax

What It Is: An online how-to video which teaches you how to make your very own jorts (jean + shorts= jorts). With just a few steps, you will have a brand-new pair of shorts that cost significantly less than a pair of cut-offs sold in stores.

How To: Follow the video instructions! Your video guide Alison McNamara takes you through the steps slowly enough so you can follow along with only a few pauses along the way. It's mainly the step of cutting through the denim that takes a little bit longer. The steps are so basic (lay out jeans, measure, cut) you'll wonder why you ever bought a pair of vintage cut-offs.

What We Thought: For someone who is the least crafty person on planet Earth, this was the easiest DIY I've ever attempted, and with good results. I'm unique in the fact that I bought second-hand jeans without checking first to see whether they would fit around my thighs and booty. So alas, I made jorts for a Cabbage Patch Kid-sized person, but they look really good otherwise.

I'm really into the denim cut-off in the summer because of the ease of wearing it all the time. They are comfortable and look good with every shirt already in my closet. I bought white Levis because I thought it was something that my closet was lacking, but alas, they are too small.

The Downfalls: Other than the jorts not fitting whatsoever, I found nothing wrong with this how-to. When one of the ladies of the office managed to get the jorts on, they looked awesome (even though she couldn't do the button up).

Tips: Try your clothes on first -- A life lesson I must have missed somewhere along the road. And measure twice, cut once! Just like a good carpenter. You don't want two short legs that are different lengths.

Final Remarks: I'm going to try this how-to again but this time with an oversized pair of jeans. Perhaps even a men's pair like the video suggests. Having baggy denim shorts for the hottest months will definitely be ideal.

Our step-by-step guide to making a solid pair of jorts:

How To Make Jorts
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