KELLY’S OTHER SIDE… Megan Nielsen’s skirt returns…


My first Kelly was very sweet and girly. Now this is my other side, grunge mum. I love them both.

Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt in camo

Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt in camo – this is very ‘weekend’ me, camo and boots. I love these boots!!

I REALLY do love this simple sweet little pattern.

Why? Well, because it is SO simple. I can concentrate on adding little unique finishing touches and my energy is devoted to lovely finishes – rather than becoming distracted or frustrated by complex instructions or fancy design lines.

Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt in camo

Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt in camo – I added belt loops and contrast pockets.

That’s not to say I don’t love complex design lines or a challenging pattern. I do. However I have a lot of love in my heart for this pattern, it’s just delightful. It’s feminine, classic and simple.

Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt in camo - back view

Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt in camo – back view

This time I added four belt loops, placed above the pockets and back pleats. I also used contrasting pink polka dot cotton for the pocket lining (leftovers from my Minoru) and finished the interior pocket raw edges with some black bias binding I found at a local op/thrift shop. I top stitched around the hem twice, stitched the waistband down by hand. In general, I just took my sweet time and enjoyed the project.

Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt in camo

Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt in camo – finished off the pockets with some bias binding. French Side seams.

I used buttons with a mottled silver/grey tone and added a black satin ribbon for a belt. I like the mix of grunge and girly.

Megan Nielsen's Kelly Skirt in camo - front view

Megan Nielsen’s camoflauge Kelly Skirt – sweetened up with a satin bow (which I should have tied more neatly – grosgrain next time!). I might try it with a black leather belt too…

Roobeedoo has certainly caught the Kelly fever. She knocked out this fabulous print version (most jealous and impressed by it!) and then this quirky version. And it sounds like she has another on the boil! If you still need convincing, check out the pattern testers on Megan Nielsen’s blog. They are all cute, wearable and versatile.

I’m having a slight love affair with camouflage at the moment. I adore denim and camouflage prints for casual wear. These soft contrasting camo prints look a bit grunge with black or gorgeous with pinks, pastels and lace (well in my opinion anyway…).

I am thinking about a straight camo skirt next, above the knee teamed with a white button-up shirt knotted at the waist with flats… perfect for summer…

And I really need a pink pastel Banksia blouse to go with this one… or another MariaDenmark Birgette tee

However the next project is something a little different (well for me anyway…).

Project details:
Pattern: Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt from Sew Squirrel
Fabric: $3 cotton drill from Spotlight
Buttons: $3 from Lincraft.
T-shirt: Metalicus, black cotton with lace sleeves

DON’T FORGET… You can still comment on my MariaDenmark t-shirt post and go in the draw to win this newly released PDF download pattern… hop on over and comment before next Tuesday 🙂 and read about this inspiring designer!

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