Monday, October 3, 2011

The Tale of the Yellow Skirt and the Shopping Ban

Top: Target (Thanks for the tip, Lilly!)  |  Skirt: JCPenny via Buffalo Exchange  |  Wedges: Target

See this yellow skirt?  Looks all innocent and cute, and maybe like it'd be fun because it's such a bright color, but don't be fooled, friends.  You see, this lovely little thing caused me to put a shopping ban on myself during September.  

I KNOW.  I thought I would cave in, but I'm so glad to say I prevailed and it wasn't even that hard!

I got this skirt from Buffalo Exchange in the middle of August, and since I recently learned to sew I intended to take up the length a few inches.  It was originally like this:  

Please excuse the horrible lighting...

The longer length was fine, but I felt that taking off a few inches would allow it to be more casual, which would be more versatile for my lifestyle.  But it sat on the back of my computer chair for a month and a half.  A MONTH AND A HALF, PEOPLES.

And some days I'd come home with new purchases only to have this yellow skirt staring back at me.  Finally, sensibility kicked in.  How could I buy more clothes when there is a garment lying around that I haven't ever worn?

So, I hunkered down and tackled my fear of doing my first hem, which especially scared me because it involved cutting off fabric.  I'm proud to say I did it...but don't look closely!  :)  It's not perfect, and it was hard because there are actually pleats in the back like this:

Photo from www.jcpenny.com

But I did it!  I love the color of this skirt and am so proud that I hemmed it!

Linked up at The Pleated Poppy and EBEW's DIY Month!



  1. Wow!  I would never have been able to accomplish that hem job, especially with those kick pleats.  Cutting off a piece of the skirt scares me to death so I don't ever do it.  I just fold and sew.  The length looks great on you!

  2. OH my gosh.  This is hilarious.  We are twins.  I think we're long lost friends.  I wish I knew had to sew and I would totally hem mine. 

  3. YAY!!! That looks so great! Ohhh and you know I'm in the same boat. I have a pile of "fix me" clothes and still I was coming home with new purchases. You've inspired me to do a little sewing :)

  4. I have been wanting a yellow skirt! Love it!

  5. YAY! Audrey, I'm learning to sew, too. So proud of you. A couple weeks ago, I finally hemmed up a pair of stretch denim, as well as, took in the sides of the legs about 1/2" inch. I messed up on one leg (can't sew straight) and had to remove the stitching, but the second time I tried it was straight. This led me to the recent diy ankle boots project and there are others that I feel empowered to tackle now. I credit other bloggers, including you, for the motivation! Thank you.

  6. woohoo!  It looks great post-alterations!  I can't sew at all... like not even buttons back on to my shirt, so I respect any attempt at craftiness and sewing!

  7. I love this skirt (I own it too, of course, because we probably have the same closet and I just haven't noticed yet), but it's a little long on me too. I'll probably leave it though since I am lazy and don't feel like slipstitching the entire thing. You did a great job hemming it!

  8. I tackled all of my "I'm so gonna fix this" projects this summer and boy am I glad I did. Congrats to sticking to your guns AND making the hemline rise. It looks great to me. (:

  9. Well done, it's always a bit daunting to cut fabric off a piece of clothing ... and especially since this skirt had the pleat - you are one brave gal.

    I visit here often and think your style is lovely - I believe you're already found it :-)   I am not a yellow wearer and have all of two yellow items in my wardrobe, but this skirt is making me think I need a yellow one now.

    I also have items from our last summer (I'm in the southern hemisphere) that need to be mended and they're hanging on my wardrobe door, but it has not stopped me from shopping, although I do think I need to impose a shopping ban for at least 6 months on myself.

  10. That's great! I can't sew at all, so I am in awe that you fixed your skirt so beautifully :)

  11. Great job!  I love how you updated a thrifted find, and it looks adorable.

    And you're inspiring me that I should probably put myself on a shopping ban until I actually get down to business and make the simple elastic waist skirt I've had supplies sitting around forever for... As a beginning sewer, starting in on that project seems soooo much more overwhelming than a shopping trip :)

  12. Glad you got the shirt :)   And great job on hemming the skirt. I so need to learn how to sew. 
    Funny...today I'm wearing a mustard skirt with that same polka dot top lol (haven't taken pictures yet).  We seriously are closet twins :)

  13. Yay for conquering sewing fears.  Such a great color on you... and pleats, how fun! :)

  14. Love this new skirt- learning to Sew is on my must-do for the New Year (I'll have more free time since I'm done with college in Dec-yay!). I made it through my shopping ban too, but now that I can shop, I'm saving for the iphone 4s :)

  15. so cute! i love the color and love the top!
    I think both lengths look great on you! Stopping by from pleated poppy

  16. Great job on the skirt! I have a pair of jeans that I've been staring at for longer than a month and a half. I'm afraid to hem them. But now I will!

    The color of your skirt is fabulous. I like the new length a lot better. It's very versatile now.

  17. Such a fantastic coloured skirt!  Great job with the hem :)

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  18. I absolutely love the color of your skirt too! and it looks like it turned out great! I'd be so happy if I could learn to hem!

  19. That skirt turns out to be looking casual, chic and creative. Love the new look. Great DIY, eh.

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