August 9, 2012

I admit it, I want to be Megan Nielsen in my next life.  Doesn’t she seem to have a dreamy life?  Creating a small, boutique style, personal, collection of clothing and patterns, having an adorable family, and living in Australia.

So when she asked me to test her new pattern, the Kelly skirt (great name right?) I was beyond flattered.  It was a dream to sew, just like her other pattern that I have made and I hope that you guys make one too.  In fact, I was purusing Anthropologie’s website and came across this skirt that has strikingly similar lines to the Kelly skirt pattern.  Makes me want to go out an buy some leopard print to make another one.

And one of my favorite parts of the skirt, adding a fun lining for the pockets.

Pattern : Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt

Materials Used : A Navy Rayon Challis from Hancock’s and some wooden buttons. (The pattern called for a more structured fabric, but I knew that I would be wearing it mostly in the summer so I opted for this more breathable option.)

Changes : I may have added a tiny bit of length.  I knew that I wanted it to hit right at the top of my knee.  I added length and then took some off so I am not actually sure if I added any in the long run.

What would I change next time : I might try a version in silk for a dressier option.  I also love the idea of a jean one that is a little longer for a 70s type of look.

Conclusion :  Love the pattern.  Very easy to sew (no zippers!) and great results.

What do you guys think?  Are you planning on making this pattern?

You Might Also Like


  • Reply theperfectnose August 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Sweet. I haven’t tried any of Megan’s patterns because I haven’t spotted anything there that suits my style yet but some pretty cool makes from those patterns around the sewing blogosphere so it must be good stuff!

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      they really are great. you should give one a try!

  • Reply Rachel August 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    You’ve convinced me – that looks lovely on you.

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      thanks so much Rachel, I would love to see one that you make too.

  • Reply kristin August 10, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    oh VERY cute. lucky girl to be a pattern tester!!

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      I know, I love pattern testing. So fun to be one of the very first to try it out.

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe August 10, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Might purty. Oh and the skirt is nice too. Teehee. It’s sooo gorgeous, probably my favourite version so far…

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 10, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      you are so nice, there are lots of great versions popping up all over. its really a very versatile pattern.

  • Reply Meli August 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I love it in this color! It could be a bright standout piece, or it could work as a neutral! LIIIIIKE

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      thanks meli. I am pretty happy with the color too. i have too much black in my wardrobe and needed some navy to add as neutrals.

  • Reply gingermakes August 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Really beautiful! It’s just the right length, color, shape, and fullness– honestly, you are made of win right now! 🙂

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      thanks so much. your compliments mean a lot to me 🙂

  • Reply Crystal August 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I love how your skirt turned out. Yes, I am definitely making up this pattern as soon as I am able to purchase it.

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Thanks Crystal. I can’t wait to see yours!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee August 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    This is, like ,the perfect skirt! I love it! And it does totally bear a resemblance to the Family Affairs dress from Anthro! I’d be hunting down a tiny leopard rayon too!

    • Reply Kelli Ward August 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      thanks sallie! you would totally rock the tiny leopard version.

  • Reply Amy August 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I haven’t tried any of Megan’s patterns yet. This skirt is a nice possibility though – and I do like it in challis. I’m curious about your hemming experience with the challis – did you find that the fabric wasn’t even on the bottom before you hemmed? I love sewing challis but have found that when it comes to hemming things aren’t quite even on the bottom.

  • Reply Trina August 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    This is such a great length! Your fabric has a lovely drape to it too, beautiful work 🙂

  • Reply cuckoochanel August 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Awesome skirt. Looks great on you. Perfect color, length, everything. The lining fabric is SO cool too.

  • Leave a Reply