Tranform those dowdy bermudas into shorts
I'm not sure why I bought these bermuda shorts. Maybe because everyone else was wearing them at the time. But they looked so unflattering on me. I needed to throw them out or change them immediately.
MARK THE SHORTS LENGTH
I choose a pair of shorts with an inseam I like as a guide. An alternative method would be to try on the shorts and mark how short you want them.
Mark with tailor's chalk or a water soluble marker the hem line of the shorts. This will be the fold line.
Next, decide how wide you want your hem to be, and whether you want to single fold or double fold the hem. I want my hem to be 1" and single fold, so I made mine 1 1/4". Mark a line the width of your hem below your fold line. So I made a second line 1 1/4" below where I wanted my shorts to hit. This is your cutting line. Cut off excess fabric below the line.
Repeat for the other side.
Using a seam ripper, carefully open up the seam up to the zig-zag stitching.
Repeat for making the side slit on the other side.
Now is a good time to finish your raw edges. Serging would be best if you have a serger (I don't). Otherwise, you can use an overcast or zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.
HEM YOUR SHORTS
Fold up your hem along your fold line and pin into place. I'm single folding the hem to reduce bulk, but you can double fold if you want a cleaner finish. The top of my inside hem ended up being about 1/4" shorter on either side of the side slit (because the shorts tapered), so that's why the side slit is important.