I have two pairs of corduroys from Anne Taylor Loft that I love, one in dark brown and one in purpley-maroon (I call that pair my Peter Brady pants). They fit well, they're in good shape, and most important they're decent non-denim pants I can wear to work. But they're flared, and they just make me feel like any outfit featuring them isn't really a success.
So, at the advice of my friend Connie, I turned them into straight-leg cords! I laid a pair of straight-leg jeans over them and, using a quilting pencil, traced the sides of the jeans onto the cords. Then I sewed them! I think it went pretty well.
Here are the before and after shots. As a bonus, the "before" photo is an action shot including the aforementioned friend Connie, and the "after" features my trusty sewing machine.