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31 Days: Color – Day 3 (continued) – Yellow…and a little more mellow

Hello! Happy Monday!

So I’m still trying to decide if I’m just going to start where I am and skip the days I skipped or try to “catch up” with my original plan. Still haven’t decided. Even though I’m a reformed perfectionist, I still REALLY want to post my 31 projects. So I’m probably going to double up. Maybe. We’ll see.

First, just to update you on life outside of the blog:

The Rummage Sale. HUGE success! We beat our previous record! And it was amazing. And fun and exhausting and LONG and crazy and glorious and EXHAUSTING! I told Husband, I feel like I hiked Mt. Tallac two days in a row. (I’m not a strong hiker, so if this wasn’t challenging hike for you, don’t judge. I remember almost crying on this hike. Or maybe I did cry. I’ve blocked most of it. I just remember it was HARD.) I started Rummage Sale day at 4:30AM, got there around 5:30, got home around 3:00, napped 4:00-5:30, ate dinner, then back in bed by 8:00. Slept 10+ hours and woke up feeling like I had the flu. Spent most of Sunday recovering. But by afternoon, I was feeling much more like me, so I tackled my yellow project.

yellow pants

Remember these pants? They are J.Crew cords I thrifted a few weeks ago. I knew the moment I saw them that they wanted to be a skirt. Luckily, they were several sizes too big, which makes them perfect for converting.


I started by slowing ripping apart the seams with  my trusty seam ripper. Then I got impatient, so I used scissors to cut along the seam. Took about 15 seconds. That’s about my patience level right now.


I turned them sideways so the side seams were in the middle and the front and back seams were on the sides. I pinned these to make a straight line (because when you cut apart pants, there are lots of wonky angles). I sewed a straight stitch along these two lines.


I used an iron to press open these seams. I got a little nervous when the iron made the corduroy appear to change color, but it was fine. I trimmed the excess fabric and used a zigzag stitch to secure the seam edges. Then I hemmed the bottom of the skirt using my ruler trick.


Done! A yellow skirt has been on my “thrift list” for over a year. Instead, I made one.



If you’re going to make a skirt from a pair of pants, know the pockets will look a little different than normal skirt pockets. But like Myquillen says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”


I think a yellow corduroy skirt in October is beautiful.

yellow cords

And making it from pants is pretty fun, too.

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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2 thoughts on “31 Days: Color – Day 3 (continued) – Yellow…and a little more mellow

  1. I love the skirt! I also love that color but sadly, it does not look good with my complexion so I just admire it from afar :) Great job with the rummage sale- it was so well executed! Congratulations on a successful event, Nicole!


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