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.

IMG_7551I 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.

I took down most of the ceiling drywall in one of the upstairs rooms. Unfortunately, I got covered in fiberglass in the process.

IMG_7558For 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.

IMG_7340IMG_7341We 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…

This creeper was hiding out among my lilies of the valley by the garage. No doubt, waiting until I walked by to fly up my skirt, or something. Good thing I’m on Code Red alert, right now. Yeesh!

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.

  1. Sabs

    June 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Love the urban cowgirl fabric! I know what you mean about the shape of the Kellys – both of mine make me look like I have a really short torso too. Next time I make one, I’m going to make a really narrow waistband and see what happens. Yuck on the creepy crawly front btw, I hate bugs too!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! Yeah, I already have a short waist, so I think the skirt just makes it even more apparent. I still think it’s a cute look, though. Hopefully, I’ll get to see your version with a narrow waistband soon. πŸ™‚

  2. Susanne

    June 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Look at all those nice buttonholes! Even with my Bernina’s automatic buttonhole feature mine never look quite that tidy.

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks! I love my automatic buttonhole feature on my Pfaff, although I still have to do some pulling with thicker materials. I also have a buttonhole cutter, which means that my buttonholes aren’t all hairy when I open them up. πŸ™‚

  3. Ripple Dandelion

    June 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Pretty pretty! I think it looks adorable on you; the all-American print suits your all-American girl vibe. But I know what you mean about sometimes just wanting to wear a shape that is maybe not ideal for your figure type. Sewing clothes and thinking about clothes makes us want to experiment and explore. The waistband does make your waist look really trim! And the pockets are great.

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks! That’s a sweet comment. I’m definitely feeling the desire lately to branch out to clothing that wouldn’t traditionally be considered “flattering” on me. I’m developing a “who cares?” attitude. If I think it’s cute, why can’t I wear it? πŸ™‚ I love the pockets. I don’t usually like pockets on my clothes because sometimes it can tend to add bulk to the hips, but I really like the pockets on this skirt.

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Sally @ thequirkypeach

    June 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    So cute! Love this fabric – anything in denim and I feel like it’s indestructible πŸ˜‰

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I love this denim bc it’s tough and durable but cute and flirty at the same time.

  5. larakrjacobs

    June 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Gorgeous fabric and you’ve chosen a perfect pattern to style it with! And I definitely don’t blame you for hiding inside. I’m glad we don’t have those in the UK! xxx

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you! I was pretty excited when I found the fabric and had a pattern in mind right away. That’s a rarity. πŸ™‚

  6. Marie

    June 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Such a sweet Kelly skirt, looks super flattering on you!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks, Marie! πŸ™‚

  7. Nay

    June 2, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Fabric choice – Win!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks! πŸ˜€

  8. Kathryn

    June 2, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I do love the Kelly skirt pattern and yours is particularly lovely! I really like the blue buttons paired with your floral fabric. We don’t have to deal with any bugs like that in the UK, the worst is the wasps but they haven’t hit yet as summer has been late in starting!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much! I knew right away that I had to do blue buttons with that material. Yeah, we have lots of bugs here. There are even Cicada Killer Wasps. Yep, that’s actually the name 8-(…and they are giant. Ick, Ick, Ick!

  9. juanitatortilla

    June 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I LOVE everything about this skirt — the pleats, the POCKETS, and the high waistband. You’re such a good seamstress!

    “crawling around, even when they’re missing half of their body.”… Eeks! Am I glad I’m missing out on them!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ It’s a great pattern, and I plan to sew a few more of these in the future.

      Yeah, you’re definitely not missing out on anything.

  10. Sara Arnold

    June 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I love this skirt!! I think the high and thick waist is very flattering. I love love love it!!!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you! It will definitely be on heavy rotation over the next few months. πŸ˜€

  11. ShanniLoves...

    June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

    This skirt is super and cute and would look awesome with some blue cowboy boots! I know all about the cicadas but I haven’t seen any yet this year around our area.

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Thanks! Yeah, cicadas are yucky. Luckily this “brood” of cicadas should die out by the end of this week.

  12. Kelly

    June 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    This skirt is adorable! And maybe it looks different in person, but from these photos I actually think this looks very flattering on you! I happened to be living in Cincinnati when the cicadas came out….ugh. The worst idea I had was to go running while the were buzzing around- I felt like I was under attack! Hope they are gone soon!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Thanks! I appreciate your saying that. The skirt has grown on me. I just haven’t been in the habit of wearing very many skirts, so I think I just have to get used to it. Yeah, the cicadas aren’t the most pleasant bug to have around. I’m waiting until this wave of cicadas has died off to start adding running back into my workout schedule.

  13. gingermakes

    June 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I love this skirt on you! It’s so cute! I like how it is, but I bet it would look cute with a narrower waistband, too, for a change of pace.

    I’m with you in hating cicadas! I was a little kid last time they came around, and they really grossed me out! They’re so disgusting!

    1. Becca

      June 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thank you! The wider waistband has grown on me, but I may try it with a narrower waistband in the future.

      The cicadas are really gross. I can’t wait ’til this wave is gone.

  14. Alessa

    June 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    The skirt turned out very pretty, I love the fabric! I bet it would look amazing with a pair of denim cowgirl boots…

    Eww, big insects. Boy I’m glad that we don’t have those here.

    1. Becca

      June 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Thank you! I was very excited when I found the fabric. I’d love to find a pair of boots like that…maybe I will one day. πŸ™‚

      Yep, they’re icky, but this particular batch of cicadas is on it’s way out. Yay!

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