I've been eyeing these J.Crew shorts for a couple months. But, I am simply not willing to pay $60 + tax for a pair of shorts. A pair of shorts, people! J.Crew, you are not that cute. Okay, you are. You totally are. Nevertheless, when I can create something similar to what you're trying to sell me at a 75% margin? With items I already own? Not willing. Sarah is my name, and creativity driven by frugality is my game.
Supplies: denim shorts, pencil with an unused eraser, measuring tape, fabric ink, dish to serve as paint palette, and newspaper to protect the table.
In progress: I didn't care to be perfectly precise, but I didn't want random dots all over the place, either. So, I used the measuring tape as a guide to keep my dotted rows more-or-less straight. For the first row, I started at the waist, and placed each dot about halfway between the sewed seams, roughly 1" apart from each other. Each subsequent row is approximately 1" below the one above, and staggered ½" laterally, too. See the pattern?
And, yes, I've worn these in public*, completely oblivious to the fact that the right leg sports a good 1½" more denim than the left.
*at Disneyland, no less! See bottom collage.