Feeling the buttery soft, faded fabric in my hands, the memories rolled by. Summer parties on the lawn, barbecues, vacations and late nights filled with debauchery. I had these chino’s for about 10 years and it was time to retire them.
Or was it? It seemed like a shame to toss them out.
I decided to cut the legs off and make them “new” again. I could also save myself some dough from buying a new pair of shorts.
I got to work.
I marked them with a pencil just beneath my knee cap. I laid them flat over a table, marking the other leg at the same spot. I lined up a ruler on the pencil mark, making certain it was parallel with the bottom of the pant cuff. I traced a line across with a pencil and did the same with the other leg. I then cut the pant leggings where I marked the pants.
Don’t make the mistake of lining up your ruler with the top of the pant. Most men’s pants have a rise in the back and a dip near the front. If you use the top of your pants as a barometer, it will leave your shorts with a rise on the outward side. This is not good.
You can either leave them with a fray or get them hemmed. Shorts with a fray are trendy this season, but personally, I’d rather wear something that works for any season. I took them to a tailor and $5 later, I had a “new” but “old” pair of comfy shorts.
I was ready to make new memories.
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