Why not just buy shorts, you ask? Well, there are a couple reasons. First of all, I got the jeans for $3 at my local thrift store. Jeans are more readily available than shorts there. Secondly, I suspect a conspiracy, just like the intimate apparel/swimsuit makers have. I have no problem finding jeans I like, but shorts – as I said in my last contributor post here, I have a hard time finding ones that fit and flatter.
So, start with a pair of jeans. For this particular style, I chose a looser fitting trouser style pair of jeans.
Try on your pants, and mark where you want the shorts to end. Make a long, straight mark. In my case, these pants already had a wear line (from being on a hanger?) right where I wanted them to end, so I used my ruler and made another line 1 1/2 inches below the fade line.