I found these shorts during a recent op shop shopping spree for $5. They are made by Country Road (read $$) and are lovely quality so I had to take them home, even though the cut of the legs was rather unflattering, to say the least.
I tried them on at home and played around with pins and elastic tied in various ways down my legs - rest assured I was in the sewing room, nothing kinky I promise! Eventually I decided that a slimmer leg with a ribbed cuff was the way to go. I have done this before with knit and woven fabric (click on the pictures below to read all about it) and posted a tutorial. I do like this look on me, so I repeated the procedure keeping the leg slightly longer this time.
Basically, what I did was to wear the shorts inside out and pin the side seams in to where I wanted the new seams. I took in both side seams, but if one had had top-stitching, I would have only taken in the other and left the top-stitching intact so it looked properly finished. I then laid the shorts out flat and marked where to sew the new side seams, adjusting as necessary to get both legs the same. Once the side seams were done, I just found matching ribbing (I have a large ribbing stash, also op-shopped and always coming in handy), cut it to fit my calf and sewed it on as described in the yoga pants tutorial.
Much improved shorts :)
I kept the original hem on these as I liked the detail. I top-stitched on the shorts fabric side of the cuff seam for a more polished finish. It's difficult to see in these photos, but you can just about see it here.
I wore these on the weekend when we visited Santa Land in Myer, Perth. Father Christmas was very impressed :)
It was a hot day, and the boys had a great time playing in the new water playground in the city...
...and yes, I made their swim shorts. Speaking of swimwear, I have finished my new bathers and will be posting pictures as soon as I can get to the beach and take some!