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Denim Hearts Kelly Skirt

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!


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Corduroy Kelly skirt

Another Kelly skirt in my repertoire!

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This is uncut corduroy from Jo-Ann’s in Biking Red.

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I found these lovely buttons at Jo-Ann’s during their BOGO buttons sale during Thanksgiving weekend. They look like hammered gold.

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I love the look of uncut corduroy. It looks almost velvety and it’s super comfy for this cold weather!

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This time I cut the skirt pieces Small and the waistband Medium. Not sure what I did but the waistband could’ve been a Small as well. I also think both skirts are too long by about two inches so I will probably rehem them both.

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I lined the pockets with the silver shot cotton I was talking about for my failed Laurel. I bought it at Fabric.com – I don’t see the silver anymore but this is the dark green one (which I think is actually quite lovely… I’d love to use that for a scarf!) This is one use I’ve found for it – another more exciting one is waiting to be pictured!

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I was taking these pictures but Liam kept looking at the LCD screen and waving at Mummy inside the camera… he nearly knocked the tripod over a couple of times. Never a dull moment.

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Navy Kelly skirt

I’m trying to sew more cake and less frosting for myself and well, it’s really hard. I’d much rather sew the floraliest, most heartastic, kitten-adorned dresses in the world (evidenced by my fabrics Pinterest board) but I really need some separates as well, and I need to be able to mix and match them to some extent so I can pretend to be a normal person at work.

That doesn’t mean I can’t be ADORBS too! I’ve wanted the Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt for ages now but I have a thing against paper patterns. The tissue paper just makes me really nervous because I feel like they get so rumpled and I will NEVER be able to use them again. Oh, and also my fear of the buttonhole foot on my machine.

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WELL not only has Megan Nielsen started converting their patterns to PDF format, I have since conquered my fear of the buttonholer! I was super productive over Thanksgiving weekend and sewed not one, not two, not three, but FOUR garments with buttons. Ok, one of them only had one button, but TWO of them were Kelly skirts so I got a lot of practice! My machine does four-step buttonholes which sounds really terrifying (anyone else? just me?) but it turned out fine! I wouldn’t say they’re the most beautiful buttonholes in the world, but I’m getting a lot better.

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I used this cotton twill from Jo-Ann’s, lined the pockets with leftover Bouquet Sprout from my Ruby dress, and used these faux (?) wooden buttons, also from Jo-Ann’s. I’m not sure why I only ended up with five buttons (they came 2 to a package) so I used an old 1″ tortoise shell button I had in my stash for the top instead of two smaller buttons.

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I love the pleats on this skirt! It actually may be a little TOO full for me. I made a second Kelly skirt this weekend and cut a small for the skirt pieces but kept the medium waistband and just shifted the pleats to fit. I like the second skirt better and may adjust this skirt as well to tone down some of the fullness.

One thing about this twill though – holy lint trap, Batman! It comes out of the dryer completely covered with all the lint from the other clothes, and attracts dog hair like a magnet. A dog hair magnet. It even attracted lint from my sweater all day long.

Also, I swear I’m not wearing black tights with a navy skirt! They’re gray, I promise!