Yesterday I finally got around to putting together the 'Kelly' skirt by Megan Nielsen which I've had cut out for a little while now -due to picking up a particularly nasty cold I've not been doing much sewing (or much at all) for the last couple of weeks.
Unfortunately due to the stripe the fabric doesn't photograph that well. Either that, or I'm incapable of standing still for even a fraction of a second which could very well be the case. I bought it back at the height of summer to make my other half some more shorts, only he didn't like it (yay for me!).
The pattern is now out of print but is available to purchase from the website as a downloadable pdf which is great if, like me, you're a fan of instant gratification. If you'd rather purchase the real deal then there are bound to be a few online stockists with some left.
It's a great pattern which is suitable for beginners, with clear precise instructions and some great tips -It never occurred to me to use my pinking shears to clip curves! You have to be extra careful not to clip too close to the stitching though as there's very little seam allowance left.
The only change I made was to add four belt loops and a matching narrow tied belt for little extra detail.
I prefer making narrow strips like this belt as if making bias tape (but on the straight grain) then folding in half and top-stitching, rather than stitching a tube as I find the turning so darn fiddly! To reduce the bulkiness for the belt loops I decided to simply overlock the edges then press and topstitch them into place.
I cut an XS going by the measurements given and I'm really happy with the fit. I don't usually wear full skirts but I was drawn to this one with a view to wearing it with thick tights/boots. I'm really pleased with the result though despite my best efforts it has a distinctly summery feel.
If you're thinking about making a skirt this one's a great choice. It'll work well in different weight fabrics for summer or winter (thinking about #2 already -perhaps in cord?) and it comes together really quickly (particularly if you're lazy like me and use Kam snaps instead of buttons and buttonholes!).
For a little more skirt inspiration there are some great examples to check out in the Megan Nielsen Flickr group.