I couldn't stay away from my Kelly skirt pattern, so Wednesday evening saw me slicing into this weird quilted lace to make myself a quirky quilty party skirt. Thursday evening saw me storming ahead with the stitching. Hark at me - I sew in the evenings!
|Give that girl some lipstick please!|
|Does my bum look big in this?!|
No, I really don't know what I was thinking when I bought it.
The quilting seems to have happened in two operations, so there was a strange overlapping stitch effect right down the centre of the piece. This meant that I couldn't just fold it in half down the middle in order to "cut on the fold". So I ended up using the whole length of my 2 metre piece, but not the whole width. Stash-busting points galore!
|Under artificial light - strange glowing green-ness!|
Pattern: Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielson, MN 2201, size XS
Fabric: 2 metres of quilted lace at £6 per metre from Croft Mill and a scrap of stashed lining for the pockets
Buttons: Vintage from Clover Crafts and Curios at Ebay, 8 for £3
Straightforward sewing. Having made this pattern before, I knew what I was doing.
This time, I cut the waistband longer than indicated for my size, and I needed all of the extra length, which makes me think it was not just a fluke last time when I struggled to make it fit the top of the pleated skirt. I recommend you add a couple of cm to be safe - you can always cut off the excess.
I didn't line it, but I think it needs a slip underneath. This fabric is strangely sculptural and yet see-through in strong light!
The funny thing is... despite all my griping about the weird fabric, it is a really fun-to-wear skirt.
I would love to balance its shape with a big hat and a velvet bell-skirted coat with a big furry collar!
The rear view is a bit scary and makes me doubt my plan to use chunky corduroy, but I will probably go for it anyway.
So yeah - a second successful Kelly Skirt! Entirely different from the first, probably to be kept for parties and evenings out. So I still need to make some practical everyday versions. Strike while the mojo is hot!
How Marc Jacobs sent a skirt down the catwalk:
|from The Sartorialist|
How it looked by the time it reached the retailer for £740: images from Matches website.