I hate it when I get a pair of jeans home and find they are too short! I don't always try things on when I'm blowing through a thrift store and this pair fell about 3/4 of an inch too short. Not horrible, but it drove me crazy! No fear -- I had a solution. Yes, I could have cut them into shorts, but I wanted something sort of capri length -- but I didn't want to have to hem anything. My solution was to cut five inches off and start a fringe.
I used pinking shears so that there would be less fray. Even though most people prefer frays, the denim is a bit darker and heavier and I thought it worked with the more thick/rough character of the fabric. Well, and also because the only pair of fabric scissors upstairs were my shears and not my regular cloth scissors!
Well, I won't wear them much during the winter, but I feel better that I found a way to to save this five dollar pair of second-hand Rough Hewn jeans.