Thrifty Thursday ~ A Kelly skirt refashionThursday, August 08, 2013
I've been on the fence on whether or not I was going to blog this refashion. I love the Kelly pattern I used however I'm not really happy with the way I had to put this skirt together like a puzzle piece which resulted in seams that shouldn't be. First let's take a look at the tragedy it was before...
I know your looking at it thinking, whaaa?? Well the first thing I thought when I seen this was Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt. I've been wanting to make this pattern for quite some time but you see my sewing machine turns into a real bitch when it comes to buttonholes. I can't figure it out. I can practice for hours and it works perfect but when it comes time for the real thing I end up with the most janky looking buttonholes known to man. I thought this would be the perfect way to cheat and use the existing buttonhole placket. I'm also a fan of green. While it's not really this particular color of green it did however win some bonus points with me.
So first things first I cut that awful looking waistband with belt loops off and prayed I'd have enough from the excess length to make the waistband. I also cut the the side seams open so I ended up with one back piece and two front pieces. For the front since I already had my button placket I placed the pattern piece accordingly and cut with fingers crossed and did the same with the back piece. So far so good. The only difference so far between my Kelly and yours is that my back piece already had a cb seam so I just had to deal. All was well until it came time to cut the waistband and pockets. I didn't have a long enough piece for the waistband so I had to piece two together which resulted in two seams, the existing cb seam and the one I had to create. It would of been cheesy if the two seams would of perfectly aligned with the side seams but that was not the case. Oh well, I was not defeated since I planned on wearing a belt with this skirt anyway. I somehow managed pockets. I had to make them a lot smaller and used some leftover fabric from my stash for the insides. I can barely get my hands in them but hey whatevs!!
The construction of this skirt was great..well of course it was I got to avoid probably the hardest part, the button placket!! I only had two buttonholes to make and yes they turned out janky! argh!!! I used a contrasting thread and topstitched as the pattern suggested. I switched out the buttons for some plain white ones and really like how they pop.
I do have to say it's a major improvement from it's former self. And it's sooo dang comfy!!
Here you can see that seam in the waistband I was talking about...sigh...
Don't you hate when you have a belt with a floppy end??
It just kinda wants to hang there and flop around.
My hubby was outside washing his truck when I was taking these pictures. He was jamming to Pantera so I just felt like I needed to...
So I dunno, not my favorite refashion..that waistband seam just really bugs the crap out of me! But no one has to know as long as I wear a belt, eh? I do however love this pattern and will make properly once I figure out my buttonholer!!
Here's what I'm working on next..
Has anyone worked with Sis Boom patterns before? I just happened to run across this pattern on Kollabora and thought the Ikat jersey knit I had from Mood would be perfect for it since I didn't have enough for the Miz Mozelle I had originally planned. sniff, sniff.