What The Hack? An Accidental Skirt

Ikat Woven Skirt with Pockets | a happy stitch

Hello friends. I’m not exactly sure how it happened but it has been nearly a month since an update.  It was completely unintentional but it turned out to be a ridiculously busy time; I had a birthday (41!) and my sister got married.  In fact, I was the officiant at my sister’s wedding. It was a beautiful honor to marry my sister to her incredible husband but I was really nervous.  I did manage to get through the whole ceremony without too many tears. Score!  Nobody wants a blubbering officiant.  I wish my recent sewing had been as successful as my words, but no luck. Instead, I present to you this accidental skirt.

Woven Skirt with Pockets | a happy stitchIt was supposed to be a dress and now it’s just a simple skirt and a mess of a tank top on the studio floor.  I was attempting a second hack of the Sanibel dress based on my Liberty of London romper.  The idea was to adapt the top of my fancy pants romper by removing the button-up portion and attaching it to a skirt instead of shorts for a simple tank dress with an elastic waist.  The problem is that I added too much length to the dress top but it was lined on the inside and the combination of too much fabric and extra length made for a crazy, blous-y ill-fitting mess.  Basically, I hacked the hack so much and try to correct my mistake with even more hacking until I was in the deep weeds of the sewing jungle.  And by that I mean, sitting in the middle of a mess of fabric with my seam ripper.

Ikat Woven Skirt | a happy stitch

But hey! You gotta make lemonade, right? So, I added a simple chambray waistband to the top of the skirt portion and made a simple elastic waist skirt.

Easy Little (accidental) Skirt | a happy stitch

Not much too it, really. I just couldn’t bear to waste this lovely ikat fabric. The skirt is a pretty short but wearable. It has pockets, though, and pockets are good.  Not too bad for an accident, right?

Ikat Woven (accidental) skirt in Black | a happy stitch

Woven Accidental Skirt | a happy stitch

By the way, I’m still on track for a few more items on my handmade summer wardrobe but the (somewhat) cooler weather has me thinking about what I might put on my fall sewing list.  Watch for the last few items on my summer list, coming soon!

4 Comments on What The Hack? An Accidental Skirt

  1. melanie
    September 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm (1 year ago)

    You’re adorable. Cute skirt!

    • Melissa Q.
      September 12, 2016 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks mama!!

  2. Lynsey
    September 13, 2016 at 3:06 am (1 year ago)

    Great skirt especially from from something that’s gone wrong, I have a dress in the naughty corner so maybe I should give it the same treatment.

    • Melissa Q.
      September 13, 2016 at 10:44 am (1 year ago)

      The naughty corner! I love that.


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