A Pair & A Spare blog has a fantastic post about DIY coppery sequin shorts. What better way to keep up with the sequin trend without spending a ton of money. These can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sandals and flowy shirt. Check out Geneva’s directions below and visit her site for a visual walk through:



  • 2m (or around 2 yards) of sequin fabric (go for copper or bronze for a more subtle look)
  • Elastic to fit around your waist
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Shorts to use as a pattern or your pre-made pattern (get Geneva’s pattern here)


  1. Make your pattern – check out how I did it here to make your own and keep your pattern for your next projects. Alternatively, just fold a pair of shorts in half (back pockets together) to get your pattern.
  2. Fold your fabric in half and lay your pattern (or shorts) with the long side along the folded edge of the fabric.
  3. Cut your piece of fabric out. I usually add a cm or so along the edges just to be on the safe side.
  4. Now do this again so you have two identical pieces.
  5. Unfold your pieces and lay together with the right sides (the side with the sequins) facing each other.
  6. Pin along the two rounded seams.
  7. Sew using your sewing machine (or do a backstitch by hand).
  8. Now this bit can be a tad confusing. Once you have sewn along both rounded seams hold up your two pieces (which should now resemble a tube of fabric). The sewn seams will be on the outside edges, you want to switch them up so that they sit facing each other in the middle of the tube of fabric – and hence make up the crotch.
  9. Lay the crotch you have just created flat and pin together. Sew along the pin line using a zigzag stitch.
  10. To create a simple waistband, fold over the top 2 inches of the shorts – leaving enough room to fit your elastic, and sew down. Leave a small hole at the seam through which to thread the elastic.
  11. Finally, thread your elastic through the waistband – I use a chopstick and masking tape the elastic to the end to make it easier. Once it is all threaded on, sew the elastic together and then finally, sew the hole in the waistband shut (refer to this post for more detail on how to do the waistband).

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