Sunday, September 09, 2012
FO: Kelly Skirt for Every Day
Another weekend... another Kelly skirt!
This time it's the dark denim version I have been imagining all along.
I have a thing about denim skirts. I have had at least one in my wardrobe every year since 1978.
This one is most like the 1982 version, except it was "prairie style" with a flounce at the bottom. Same abalone shell buttons though!
I am hopeful that this one is smart enough to wear to work, because it is my dream of an everyday skirt: simple, practical, goes with everything...
Pattern: Kelly Skirt MN2201 from Megan Nielsen, size XS.
Fabric: One metre of Japanese denim from Our Patterned Hand, £16.50. Expensive? Yes, but it is truly lovely stuff - soft and drapey enough for a dress or a shirt and in a really rich deep indigo blue.
I lined it with bog standard dark grey polyester from the stash.
Buttons: Nine shell buttons found on eebaay, from a packet of ten, about £2.
Straightforward sewing. I know what I am doing with this pattern now, and I just got on and did it!
Only one thing to note, about the buttonholes. I sewed them all vertically. When I made my print version, I ran the top two horizontally to allow room to breathe / eat lunch. That was a mistake. They shift around and annoy me.
And on the topic of buttonholes - I finally used the correct presser foot on my Bernina machine and it was so much easier to see what I was doing! All these years, I have been using the wrong foot - duh!
Fab, fab, fab! Exactly what I wanted! Wardrobe gap plugged! Now I just have to be persuaded to wear something else occasionally...
PS: Don't forget to enter my pattern Pyramid giveaway- you have until Friday 14th at midnight!