Measure once with shoes:
Try on and evaluate measurements before cutting (remember the number one rule of sewing/altering, even carpentry: measure twice, cut once)
Cut off the excess fabric
Fold under and press
Iron on hem tape. I like to use iron-on hem tape because it secures the new hem and keeps the fabric from fraying. But this stuff just wouldn’t adhere, maybe because my iron wasn’t hot enough, so I decided to scrap it and move on.
Whipstitch new hem in place
Press and… final decision: perfect! (or at least good enough to wear without trashing the back of the pant leg)
Whew, that felt good. Now I can move on to these other things that have been calling my name all week – much more exciting than shortening pants.
Hope you enjoy the last weekend of summer, before Autumn begins on Monday.