My First Kelly Skirt
Guess what? I finished a new skirt a couple of weeks ago, and I can tell that she and I are going to become good friends over the next few months.
I wore this skirt last week, as you saw in my MMM post on Sunday. I finally got around to taking some pictures of it.
When I came across the floral denim, I knew immediately what I wanted to make with it. As soon as I got home, I ordered Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt pattern.
On the selvage of the material, I found that it was titled, Urban Cowgirl. I didn’t really think of it as cowgirl material, but how amazing would it be if I could find a pair of blue boots to wear with this skirt?
I made a blue shirt, because I pictured the skirt with a blue top. I used Sewaholic’s Renfrew pattern to make a shirt, but the shirt didn’t turn out the way I hoped. The neckline got stretched out, and it’s just too hot at the moment to wear an extra shirt underneath. The top ended up as a bit of a reject. It worked out though, because it gave me a me-made item to wear on Sunday while we worked on our house. It’s prefect paired with a sports bra.
For those who might be wondering, I made between the XS and S. I cut the waistband between the XS and S and I flared the skirt out from XS at the waist to S by the bottom of the skirt. The only reason I was able to make an XS/S is because of how much room there is in the hip region of the skirt. I love it when a project is so easy! If this were a fitted skirt I would’ve had to make the waist an XS and the hips a M, or even L. Such is my plight in life. :-/ I’m just glad that I no longer have to struggle to find RTW clothing that fits me.
While I really like the skirt, I actually don’t think it’s necessarily the most flattering look on me. Since my waist is pretty short, I think the waistband may be a bit too wide. Plus, the side view makes my butt look even bigger. Whatever, I still like it!
I wish I’d picked up some topstitching thread for the topstitching. It would look a lot better, but it isn’t the end of the world.
We just put up a new wall and window trim in the living area, and the finish nailer and drywall cutter were both laying nearby. So, I figured I had to pose with them. I do love me some good tools, sewing or otherwise. ;-P
The light in these photos doesn’t do the skirt justice, but at the moment, I refuse to go outside for extended periods of time when I don’t have to. I know you’ll forgive me when I tell you why.
*Warning: skip quickly to the bottom if you don’t like bugs.*
The 17-year magicicadas are out of the ground, and I’ve already been hit about five times by the clumsy, bumbling idiot bugs. I know they aren’t harmful, but why, oh why do they have to look so freaky?
I know there are many of you who probably have experience with these buggers, but where I spent most of my life (the desert of Southern California), we didn’t have monstrosities like these.
For those who don’t know what cicadas are, let me enlighten you. They have red eyes, orange and black bodies and wings, fat striped bellies, and just look at the horrifying face on the one below…
Have I succeeded in giving you nightmares? Just in case I haven’t…They’re like zombies (minus the flesh-eating part). They’ll keep crawling around, even when they’re missing half of their body.
Long story short, it’s too much for me to handle. Luckily, this particular type of cicada will only be around for a few weeks. Until then, I’ll be almost exclusively indoors, and I will not be apologizing for it.
I have so many things swirling around right now, and I’m trying not to fall behind on posting about completed projects. I should have the post for the final week of Me-Made-May up later today or tomorrow. To my pleasant surprise, Erin extended the deadline for the Great Gatsby sewing challenge to Tuesday. So, I’ll be finishing that dress up over the next couple of evenings, as well as catching up on some blog reading and responding to comments on the previous few posts on this blog.