Thursday, October 10, 2013

Teal Green Kelly Skirt


I've started with this photo because it's literally the only photo we got of Freckles while she was stationary. As you can see there's something really interesting looking over there.

So I made a Kelly Skirt! I was one of those people who didn't like this pattern when it came out and then I saw version after version after version after version of amazing easy to wear skirts and it wore me down. No, not really. It just took me a while to realise how versatile this pattern is.

So I decided to make my first version from this Teal Drill I had in my stash. I looked back and realised I had it marked for another project but I'm glad it got turned into this instead.


I've paired it with my Black & White Striped Peplum Top here. Another reason I'm still in love with peplum tops. You can wear them with high-waisted skirts and suddenly it's like a whole new top.

This skirt was really easy to make throughout. I'd never done a placket before but it was so simple. I'd also never made a buttonhole before (shame!) but I wanted to make this skirt so much I finally sat down and watched a tutorial on how to use my buttonhole foot and voila I've got me a button down skirt. The buttonholes aren't all amazing (I'm looking at you waistband) but they're good enough for a first try and I'm OK with that.


I chose to make covered buttons mostly because choosing any other colour would have been hard. Plus I like the way these look. We recently had a Japanese store open near where I work called Daiso that's kind of like a $2 store - except everything is $2.80. They have a ton of craft stuff in there and amongst it all I found a kit for making 18 covered buttons for - you guessed it - $2.80. They were quite fun to make too.


I was planning out this skirt when I saw Lauren's Corduroy Kelly Skirt where she mentioned leaving off the second button on the waistband if you wanted to wear a belt with it. I thought this idea was genius since I love wearing belts over skirts and dresses for no practical reason at all. So I skipped this button and instead sewed on a hook and eye. So glad I did.

I also used some black and white geometric quilting cotton I had in my stash for the pockets - which you can't really see.


Except in this photo I took before I sewed it in. But I know it's there, so that's cool.


And there you have it. My first Kelly Skirt. I'm sure I'll make others but I've got such an awesome line up of fabrics and patterns I can't do duplicates yet!


Next up is a white cotton cap sleeved Alma.


22 comments:

  1. Huh. How have I missed this pattern? It's lovely! Your pockets are so cool, I love secret pocket bags. And the Alma is going to be so pretty!

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    1. Yeah it's a lovely basic pattern that you could do a lot with.
      Can't wait to pair it with the white Alma!

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  2. The teal colour looks fabulous on you - great choice of fabric!

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  3. I love the teal skirt with the black and white top, such a good look. And I can't tell you how many photos I have of my dog's tail or behind - he never stands still for photos either!

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    1. Thanks, yeah I love the combo.
      It's so satisfying when you're me-mades match.
      I think we were pretty lucky to get this photo of her standing still to be honest.

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  4. This is lovely! The teal works very well with this pattern and those buttons look perfect to me! I've not used this pattern yet, but I love the flare to the skirt in yours! We have Daiso here in Singapore! Everything really is $2 though, so maybe it's because we are closer to Japan? I love the notions and knitting needles section! Strangely, when I lived in Tokyo for two years, I never saw a single Daiso!

    And Freckles is so cute! She's getting quite big now! :-)

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    1. Yeah I think that's the magic of this pattern. It can even flatter you if you have wide hips (like me). I don't mind the flare, I quite like it.

      I wondered if the $2.80 was because of the exchange rate? It's a great store for craft stuff though.

      I swear this puppy gets taller everytime she wakes up from a nap!

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  5. hi Scared Stichness,

    Did you use your Singer machine to sew the button holes? I own too Singer Machine and it is Singer Heavy Duty Model 4423 and god, I just do not know how to sew the button hole using the machine and I have been searching and following the manual given with the machine but I just can't do it. Could you please help me?

    Thank you.
    With love from Malaysia.

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    1. Yeah I did use the Singer. Turns out I just needed to watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOImaKwv4fU
      I'm lucky to have a 1 step buttonhole foot so it was a LOT easier than I thought.

      I hope you have the same kind of foot for your machine?

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  6. I love the colour of your skirt and the self covered buttons are great! I've never done them before but I'm definitely tempted to make them for my next Kelly. I love the Kelly pattern, I've made four so far (two of which were for other people) and I've got another two planned in my head for autumn/winter! I like using different fabric for the pockets too - doesn't matter if no one else knows it's there, it's like my own little secret!

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    1. Thanks, I'm pretty chuffed with my buttons and buttonholes if I do say so myself.
      I think I'll be like you with this pattern - always planning my next one!

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  7. Lovely summery skirt, love the color and your buttonholes look pretty good for your first attempt. Wow Freckles has grown and can image she doesn't sit still for very long and your back yard would give her plenty to investigate!

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    1. Thanks, yeah the buttonholes on the placket are fine it's just the waistband one that's a hot mess. But that's cool, they can only get better!

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  8. That colour is bombastic! I love it. It really suits the skirt and look how neat your topstitching is!? I'm jealous. Looking forward to your Alma too.

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    1. Bombastic! Thanks for the compliment.
      Yeah I love me some topstitching especially when I can get it straight.

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  9. Freckles is so CUTE!! I'm loving seeing her all over instagram.

    This colour is amazing and those buttons look totally professional ($2.80 weirdly specific). I love that your top goes with the pocket lining too ;)

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    1. She is a cutie!
      Yeah the buttons turned out pretty good. I hope they're ok in the wash.

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  10. Lovely colour and the Alma looks like it's going to be divine

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    1. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to the Alma but the wedding dress is winning at the moment so it could take a while to make.

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  11. All the pretty online versions (yours included now!) wore me down too and I bought this pattern last month (along iwth 2 others, hehe) :) Love the colour and I'm a sneaky-patterned-pocket-bag kind of girl too. Fabulous! xx

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    1. Thanks! Yeah I'm always late to the party with sewing patterns.
      Fashionably late I say.

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