Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt

I Love Instagram!

Instagram is a wonderful place. It sounds cheesy but I really am inspired every day by the wonderfully creative people I follow and none more so recently than @Daisy_Crumpet. She is sewing up a storm of beautiful garments! I felt inspired to finally get around to sewing myself a Megan Nielsen Patterns Kelly Skirt.

I seem to be coming around to PDF patterns lately. I spent an afternoon printing out quite a few; this one was free with a previous issue of Love Sewing.

Vintage Fabric

Let's just take a moment to talk about my fabric. This is one of my favourite things about this skirt because this fabric was my Grandma's. I got it with a bunch of others along with a whole heap of sewing patterns and I'd thought about maybe sewing a skirt with it but put it away and forgotten about it. I literally had just enough fabric for the Kelly so it was meant to be. I'm guessing my Grandma had sewn it into a curtain as the piece I had was blind hemmed on three sides. I decided to use the blind hemming instead of unpicking it, so it saved me a bit of time but now I feel like my Grandma has sewn a part of it with me which makes it extra special. I miss her every day.

Back to the sewing... The Kelly skirt was really enjoyable to make and it got me doing lots of new things too. The shapes that make up the skirt are basically rectangles, but I think it's a really well-drafted pattern with the addition of the box pleats, slash pockets and  buttons. I honestly wouldn't have been disappointed had I paid for it. The pattern is good enough that I didn't need any instructions to sew it together. I'm sure the instructions are lurking in the issue of LS that it came from, but do you think I could find them?!

I could waffle on about the construction, but I won't. I will mention that I've never sewn anything with box pleats, slash pockets, piping (which I added) or buttons before. Yep, insert sheepish face here, I've never sewn buttonholes before. I blame my old machine, it hated them but my Juki is a show off and has 16 different types so I will buttonhole all the things. Anyway, here are my photos...


So what do you think? I absolutely love it and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I wore it today and the fit is great (I sewed a large, but cut the waistband as an extra large as I've seen a few people have issues with the length of the waistband from the LS download). In fact I love it so much that by midday today my second Kelly skirt was nearly finished!

I'm definitely getting more sewing than ever done at the moment, which I suppose is the only nice thing to come out of our family quarantine due to chicken pox. I've still got some dresses for my girls to blog so hopefully I'll get some photos if the sun is shining again tomorrow 🙂


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  1. Janice
    1st April 2016 / 10:36 am

    I love your comment about feeling like your Grandma sewed some of the skirt with you. I am sewing with some fabrics my mother gave to me, and that does make it more special! I have a few items sewn by my great-grandmother and I treasure them.

    • toria
      1st April 2016 / 10:37 am

      Wow, that’s certainly something to treasure! It definitely makes something more special when it has a connection to you like that 🙂

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