Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Autumn Kelly Skirt for Minerva Blogger Network




For my first Minerva Blogger Network garment I decided to work with my Autumn Winter wardrobe plans.

As part of my long term goal to build an entirely me made wardrobe, I had planned to make quite a few separates this season. I've made Megan Nielsen's Kelly skirt before (but never blogged - must get onto that!) It's a great pattern for both summer and winter as it works with so many fabrics.

When I was planning this I was looking for fabric with a bit of body as it really helps to keep the shape of the skirt and the pleats. I chose a cotton drill as it was a perfect weight and colour - it comes in loads of other colours too but I wanted to stick to my winter colour palette.  Of course by the power of Twitter I could check with Megan herself and Vicki from Minerva that it would work well.

When it arrived I was really happy with the weight and sheeny texture of the fabric - much nicer than the twill I used before.  I also got some perfect interfacing which has spoiled me for the cheap stuff I normally use! It's a woven interfacing that fuses really easily without wrinkling or stretching.  Perfect for keeping the wide waistband of this skirt in shape.



The skirt is really easy and quick to put together, especially since i had made it before. It would be a great beginner project or for someone who wants to practice buttonholes. I made a medium and lengthened by a couple of inches so that i could keep the nice deep hem.

Even the buttonholes came out well! I sewed the buttons on with my machine - if you have a button foot I highly recommend getting to grips with it as it's so easy! My el cheapo machine came with one so it's likely lots of others do too.



As I have terrible indecision when it comes to buttons, I was happy to get help from Vicki at Minerva. She helped me pick some great navy ones with a slight texture to them which look great.

If you want to stalk my Kelly skirt you can buy a kit with the burgundy twill, fab interfacing, buttons and matching thread from Minerva Crafts.

Pictures were taken on a recent trip home to Glasgow - it's such a great city for photo locations!

16 comments:

  1. I love the Kelly, and have a soft spot for it in red! Great make! I am sure it will stand you in good stead for the autumn and winter!

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    1. Thanks Helen. I love it too. I think it was your me made may version that made buy the pattern!

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  2. Really cute! This is a great color for A/W!

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  3. It looks great and I really like that you chose a fairly bold colour for a winter skirt. We need more colour in the wintertime!

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    1. thanks eitchy! i love colour and would get so depressed in winter if i stopped wearing it!

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  4. Such a great skirt! I love this color, and the sheen makes it even more lovely!

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    1. thanks laura. the pics really don't do the fabric justice!

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  5. This looks great - the Kelly skirt seems to have been made for these beautiful jewel colours and it looks just darling on you. Looking forward to seeing you soon my lovely! x

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    1. thanks my love. can't wait to see you too (wear the georgia!)

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  6. Like it! Especially like the colour. I made a Kelly for A/W but the fabric I used has a bit too much body, quite voluminous! Yours looks spot on. Didn't realise Minerva sold woven interfacing (but should have guessed I supposed), must stock up next time I order :)

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    1. thanks - i guess too much body can be a bad thing too. it's something i'm stillg etting to grips with, especailly for online ordering. i think minerva sell everything!

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  7. This is really lovely Jo - I love the colour and the contrasting buttons! I'm a little bit obsessed with this pattern at the moment - I've made two in a row and have more lined up!

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    1. oh thank you! I'll need to check yours out!

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  8. Looks great! It's really lovely. I love the color and the fabric choice! I thought about getting this pattern actually.

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    1. thank you kathy! i'd such a versatile pattern - definitely worth it as you can make for summer and winter.

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