Thanks to the good weather, I recently pulled my shorts out of their winter exile. I have three pairs I bought several years ago that are all pretty much the same, and longer – more skimmer than shorts. They’ve been around long enough they aren’t really something I wear out of the house, but I decided to give them a little update by shortening them to above my knee.
Since I couldn’t really ruin these I decided to play around a little while I did all that hemming. As a result, I’m here to share three different methods of adding a side slit, or vent, while hemming.
Wide Cut-Out Slit
Cut the legs the length you ultimately want them to be, plus 2 1/2”. Turn the edge under 1/2” and press. Turn to the outside 2” and pin at the outer leg seam.
Measure 1/4” from the seam on each side and draw a line. Draw across the top at the turned under edge to form a rectangle. Stitch along the line.
Cut the center of the rectangle, stopping about 1/4” from the top. Cut out the seam. Clip from the cut to each corner.
Turn the seam right side out, pushing out the corners. Press well.
Press the remainder of the seam up. Stitch close to the fold.
Repeat the same as above, except instead of drawing a rectangle, draw angles. Measure 1/4” from each side of the seam, then draw the line up to meet the seam just below the turned-under edge. Cut straight up the center.
Turn, press and stitch near fold.
Cut off the length plus 1 1/2”. Measure up 3” on the side seam and make a mark. Stitch over the mark, perpendicular to the seam, which is known as a bar tack. Using a seam ripper, open the seam below the stitching.
Turn the edge of the bottom side under and stitch as close to the bar tack as possible. Stitch along the removed stitching line on the upper side.
Turn the bottom edge up 1 1/2”, then turn 1/2” to the inside. Stitch near the fold. I added a second row of stitching near the first.
I’m pretty happy with all of these, but my favorite is the triangle shape on the grey shorts.
These just might see the other side of my front door now!