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Supplies & Tools:
- Flat surface
- Sewing tape
How To Measure Shorts Inseam
Total Time: 3 minutes
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There are two ways to learn the simple steps on how to measure shorts inseam. You can follow the 51 second YouTube video or the step-by-step guide with photos below. Both ways will get your desired measurement with your shorts inseam.
1. Find a pair of shorts
Find a pair of shorts that fit you the best.
2. Lay the shorts flat
Lay your shorts down, preferably on a flat surface like the kitchen table or floor
3. Fold the shorts
Fold your shorts so that each leg is on top of the other
4. Lift the top short leg
Lift the top shorts leg towards your waist and place them there. Be careful when placing the top leg not to twist the crotch area
5. Remove creases
Remove any creases to get a better measurement
6. Measure the inseam
Take a measuring tape and measure the inseam starting from the seam of your shorts till the hem.
7. Measure the outseam
Next, measure the outer seam (outseam) as well. This is the best practice when it comes to shorts.
8. Or measure the thigh
If the outer of the shorts is not seamed, then measuring the thigh will do.
How to measure shorts inseam: quick tips
- When ordering your shorts online or making them at home, you need to consider if the hem is above or below your knees, which will change the length of your inseam.
- Use our other guides on how to measure clothes to help you make the correct measurement each time on any piece of clothing.
A 5 inch inseam on shorts means the that length of the shorts are 5 inches. This is the length it will go down your thighs. A 5 inch short is great for running shorts and also trendy for fashionable shorts.