The Kelly skirt by Megan Neilsan is a fun high waisted skirt featuring four box pleats and a button down front. I am all about high waisted lately. They accent your smallest part while sucking in all the changes babies make to the body 🙂
I loved making this skirt. The pattern was clearly laid out and had great descriptions. The only thing I would do different next time is baste the entire top portion of the skirt before attaching the waistband. I had a hard time keeping the pockets and pleats flat when sewing the waistband on.
I love that this pattern has pockets. When I wear skirts I am always trying to decide what to do with my phone or keys, especially in the summer. So having pockets in this skirt is a major plus!
When I got to the waistband part it wasn’t long enough to have 5/8″ hanging over on each side. It could have been because I didn’t get my box pleats together close enough making the top of the skirt slightly wider than it should have been. Or it could have been because I didn’t staystitsh the top and it slightly stretched out. I had enough to do 1/4″ on each side though, so that’s what I ended up doing instead of re-doing my pleats.
When I got to the hem it directed me to hem it 2″. It was already just below my knee so I opted to hem it 1/2″ and another 1/2″. I don’t like skirts over my knee so I was glad it included that big of a hem allowance so I could choose to make it a little longer.
In the pattern it says you can interface the button placket, it doesn’t specify how wide to cut the interfacing so I just winged it. I would have liked a little bit more specifics on that step. It was an optional step, so I guess it wasn’t that big of a deal.
I love how the pattern is so simple (only 5 pieces) making it easy for confident beginners. I would say the hardest part is the button holes, and with a little practice those arn’t even hard. Megan’s illustrations and steps were very straight forward and easy to follow. Again, I would reccomend stay-stitching the top portion of the skirt before attaching the waist band, especially for that beginner!
The fabric is a chambray from fabric.com. I honestly had a hard time deciding if I wanted to use the right or wrong side of the fabric. I have quite a bit left over I may have to make something else with the wrong side!
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