Completed: A Kelly Skirt that any cat can loveWednesday, June 18, 2014
Several weeks ago I forced myself to sit down and sew a basic solid color skirt. Solid pieces are rare in these parts which can be challenging when putting outfits together. I bought a solid navy blue fabric from Fabric Mart and used the Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt pattern. I'm not sure how I feel about the skirt but my cat Orlando seemed to be enamored with it...
Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt
A high waisted A line skirt with pockets! Button placket and front and back pleats.
Great for beginners.
Great for beginners.
Pattern: Available here in pdf -$12.00 and paper (currently out of print)
Fabric: This pattern works well with a variety of woven fabrics. I used a navy blue suiting from
Notions: 7 buttons. Mine are a deep gold with a vintage feel purchased from none other than
Jo-Ann's. Lightweight interface, which now that I'm thinking of it I might of forgot that
Sizing & Fitting: I kinda sorta made this skirt before when I refashioned and old skirt picked up at Goodwill so I was fairly positive about the fit and didn't make a muslin. I cut a straight size XS. It fits nicely around the waist with a little room to spare for shirt tucking and french fry eating. Nothing worse then the feeling you get when you realize you can't eat that last bite of food for fear of popping buttons.
Construction: It's been a while since I made this and since then my brain has turned to mush. However I do remember I breezed through construction. I think it's a great pattern for beginners. I got to use the buttonhole function on my new Bernina for the first time. If your wondering Fannie's her name, cuz she's a fat bottomed girl that makes my rockin' world go round.
The fabric leaves my skirt a little full or balloonie at the bottom. I washed it three times to try and soften it up. I still couldn't help but feel like I had a balloon stuffed under my skirt so I took in each side a half inch starting at the bottom of the pockets. Sorry I have no after pictures. And I know, it looks ok in these pictures. It was worse in real life (or just in my head) however I like the after adjustment much better.
Orlando seems to have taking a liking to my legs. He wouldn't leave me alone the entire photo shoot. I love that cat to pieces. I styled the skirt with a couple different belts. My husband likes the wider one better. I'm leaning more towards the skinny belt. I think I'll probably get the most wear out of this skirt in the winter when I can pair it with tights, boots and a cozy cardi.
Look Orlando a mouse!
Nice try lady, now get yo' crazy ass out of those bushes and come feed me.
While I'm over here sewing up boring old navy blue skirts that probably won't get wear until winter I bet your all sewing up fun, breezie sundresses. Do tell!! What are you working on?