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Denim Hearts Kelly Skirt

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Kids Clothes Week starts today! I am gearing up for two projects for Liam this week. True to form, I’m already behind and the fabric is supposed to arrive in the mail today! This is probably wishful thinking, but I’m hoping to have both completed and photographed this week. Wish me luck!

I do have a bit of a backlog of completed projects to share, so here’s another Kelly skirt!


My office is fairly casual so my normal uniform is a cardigan + tank top + pants/skirt. On Fridays we can wear jeans so I specifically made this denim skirt for Fridays. When I finished it though, I was too excited to wait until Friday soooo I’ve worn it on a few non-Friday days! Ooh, rebel!

This fabric is from Jo-Ann’s. I bought two yards, but I really need to measure how much I used because I’ve ended up with quite a bit of excess every time I make the Kelly skirt. I think I probably use about 1.5 yards.

This fabric has 2% spandex which is exactly what I felt the Kelly skirt needed. I find my first two skirts fit a bit loosely when I’m standing but are a bit uncomfortable when I’m sitting. I probably just need to get rid of my gut, but I took the easy way out and altered the pattern instead.

heartskelly4Love these little white buttons!

So first thing was getting a slightly stretchy fabric. I did not interface the waistband because I wanted it to maintain its stretchiness. I also cut the waistband a bit narrower – I think part of my issue with the pattern is the waistband is just too wide for my extremely short torso.


I also cut the skirt pieces narrower but made the pleats a bit smaller. I think the fullness of the skirt is kind of overwhelming on my frame. I’m pretty sure this means that I would really like the Beignet skirt by Colette Patterns but I’ve got other patterns on my to-do list before I can really justify another skirt purchase at the moment!

I added a huge hook and eye closure up top instead of buttons. I just think it’s cute, even though no one is ever going to see it!


The pockets are lined with leftover fabric from our Valentines shirts! I thought it was fitting with the cupid arrows and the hearts.


I lopped off two inches so it would hit just above the knee. This is probably the most flattering skirt length on me, which bonus! is still work-appropriate. I wouldn’t recommend the denim for a corporate job, but it works for me and I’m glad to add a casual but polished skirt to my wardrobe! It works really well for weekends out as well, paired with a t-shirt.

By the way, I am super proud of myself for being able to match up the rows of hearts across the front and sides. I’ve never really worked with fabric that needed matching up like that so I’m pretty much still giving myself pats on the back for that. I know, amateur.

And with that, I think I’ve finally gotten the Kelly skirt to TNT (tried & true) status!


One thought on “Denim Hearts Kelly Skirt

  1. Hello – where are you ?? I miss reading your blog.
    Hope you’re ok.

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