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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