I marked them with a Sharpie at 31" and started cutting.
Gulp. No going back now.
I don't own a serger (nor would I know how to use it if I did) so I zig-zagged the ends to keep them from fraying. Which they did. Immediately.
Slightly uneven. I didn't think it mattered, but oh, it most definitely did.
My instructions said to pin a 1" hem and sew it.
So I did. And then they were too short. Thank heaven for seam rippers.
I repinned a 3/8" hem and sewed right down the middle of the zig-zag. (And that's why it was important it wasn't crooked. Oh well.)
And, now for the finished product...
Drumroll, if you please...
Okay, before you see it...my jeans were really baggy after three straight days of wear, so they look awful. Pretend they're dryer-fresh.
And, my butt looks big because I'm standing awkwardly trying to make my stomach look small. Hah.
Still shorter than I like (I had to cut off SO MUCH because they were shredded) but I guess you are better able to see the cute shoes.