Okay, so your shorts don't have to be white. You could make them blue, red, yellow, teal, cerulean, seafoam, hyacinth, striped, spotted, dip-dyed, appliquéd with your home-made N*Sync fan art, or printed with a mosaic of stills from Rebecca Black's "Friday." Mine just happen to be white, because something about white shorts says "summer" to me. Like white wine, white weddings, and white-cresting waves. But this is a set of directions for making shorts, period. Choose the style and the fabric that you want. This is a moderately challenging project that you can finish in about an afternoon. Even if you've never set a fly before. Promise.
Here's the inspiration board for my project. Naturally — as with so many potentially ill-advised sartorial flights of fancy — it all started with Audrey Hepburn. (And yes, as soon as I finished the shorts, I copied her entire outfit and no, I'm not the least bit embarrassed about it.) The other vintage photos of fine ladies and their white shorts are from here, here and here, and I found the woman in the awesome vintage crochet shorts here. My shorts are in the middle. While I was Googling "white shorts" a lot, I also found this, which I think is a pair of white women's shorts intended to carry a concealed weapon. Really, sometimes I am just overcome with gratitude that the Internet exists.
For next week, look out for a post on how to make a knitted leather clutch purse — loosely inspired by the bags Prada was selling in fall-winter 2010.
Click here for past Friday DIY columns, including how to make a custom dress form, and how to paint your nails with stripes.