Operation Darling Ranges Skirt

Have you ever saved a special fabric for a special project only to have it not go especially as planned? Frustration stations. This was not meant to be a skirt. Not it was not. It was supposed to be a lovely multi-seasonal Darling Ranges dress in one of my absolute favourite thrifted cottons and it was supposed to come together without a hitch. Only I cut a size too small in the bodice. Why? I don’t know!  If anything I go up a size in the bodice due to amazon woman shoulders but this time I threw common sense to the wind and cut the same size all over…hmmm.  I was pretty close to finishing the whole thing when I realized she was going to be a little snug and a little low in front. Not good low either, freeze the gals off in winter low. But fret not, this tale had a happy ending…

…after I hacked off the bodice,  folded the rest back down and under, added elastic at the back, buttons down the front and suddenly it turned it into a very wearable Darling Ranges skirt. Arguably the best feature of this pattern are the cute- as-pie little pockets which I figured made it worth selvedging. And you know what? I’m glad I did, I’ve hardly taken it off! The wardrobe is crying out for separates.

Rather conveniently, the lovely Megan  is holding a Darling Ranges Dress sew-a-long very shortly. I think I’ll be concentrating extra hard in the lesson on ‘choosing your size’. Who knows… at the end of it I might even have a whole dress! Golly!

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  • Kelli Wardwrote:

    Perhaps a happy accident. I love it. I need more separates in my life as well.

  • Katywrote:

    Lovely skirt – I love the fabric.

  • liza janewrote:

    It works very well as a skirt. Love your first photo! Neat view.

  • Stephaniewrote:

    i’d say it’s a happy accident, too! i love the top and shoes you’ve styled it with. that fabric is darling.

  • kristinwrote:

    Definitely a happy accident! Perfect skirt to have in the closet.

  • I will work for Fabricwrote:

    Oh what a shame but the skirt looks great on you anyway. I’m waiting very impatiently for my pattern to arrive so I’m hoping to get in in time for Megan’s sew along.

  • Max of Max California ★wrote:

    I love it! I love how amazing things can come from things you’ve royally screwed up on ^_^

  • Marinawrote:

    Beautiful anyway as a skirt. I’ve just cut my bodice in this pattern and have gone up a size just to make sure!

  • Paunnetwrote:

    Lovely! That fabric is to die for and the tiny buttons are adorable!
    I also realized that I have made not one but two Darling Ranges dresses in the wrong size (the smaller size fits me better), but I blame the metric conversion. Still, I feel rather stupid.

  • experimentsandaccidentswrote:

    I wouldn’t take that skirt off either If I had one! So cute!

  • Laurawrote:

    I’d love to have that skirt in my wardrobe and I’m definitely getting the dress pattern, it’s gorgeous either way.

  • theperfectnosewrote:

    Just found your blog today and I’m loving all your refashions.


  • Neuswrote:

    This one is very nice!!

  • knottygnomewrote:

    i made the wrong size in the bodice as well. i had to recut the bodice and sleeves in a S. so i don’t think it was just you. i’m thinking that since there are only 5 sizes that if you are in between you should actually maybe choose the next size up.

    your skirt looks fabulous regardless.

  • Evawrote:

    Just perfect! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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