Sunday, July 14, 2013

Simone's Kelly Skirt

I made my dear friend Simone a Kelly Skirt for her birthday....a year ago.  I kept forgetting to blog about it.  I wish I had a picture of her wearing it.

I bought the fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics (of course).  My favorite part of this project was picking out the fabric.  Simone and I have different taste, so it was fun to choose something that she would like.  (I understand that not everyone loves turquoise, polka dots, and pink floral prints as much as I do.)

I used green thread for the topstitching, which I think is a really cute detail, if I do say so myself.

I pre-washed this fabric before I sewed it and I ran it through the wash again after I finished the skirt to get off all the markings and what not, and the colors ran.  There are red splotches all over place.  I don't know what would cause that to happen.  It made me pretty mad and it makes me pretty mad to think about it now, actually.

On a happier note, I'm going to England with my family!  My father is from there and we are going to London and then going to visit his sisters in Dorset.  My mother and I have some big fashion and fabric related plans, which I am wicked excited about.

In regards to recently finished projects, I finished a knitted cardigan weeks ago but got lazy about taking a picture and then my father left for England with his camera, so no pictures of that until after the trip.  I also have a crocheted cardigan in the works but ran out of yarn with a half of a sleeve left to go and I'm waiting for someone on Ravelry to send me some more.  Here's a little sneak peek of the crocheted cardigan:

 For those of you who are sick of reading about knitted and crocheted projects, I'm sorry.  Warm weather brings out the knitter in me, I guess.  I am hoping to finish two partially completed sewing projects this summer before school begins, so I promise there will be some sewing posts soonish.


  1. i LOVE the skirt!! You should do a blog on what London outfits you are planning to pack :)

  2. That's a really pretty skirt! What type of fabric is it? Sometimes that can rally affect colour bleeding.

    1. It was 100% cotton.

      What gets me is that it didn't bleed the first time I washed it, but it did the second time. And I've also never had any fabric bleed before ever.

    2. That is quite strange! Perhaps the fabric was shoddily dyed in the first place? Another thing I've heard is that some manufacturers dye their fabrics in a certain way that means they can only be hand washed but it is never stated on the fabric bolt.

  3. What pattern did you use for the cardigan? I've been looking for a nice crochet cardigan pattern :)

  4. I actually drafted it myself. It is loosely based on a cardigan pattern from a 1960s issue of Workbasket Magazine. You should take a look on Ravelry. There are some cute patterns for sure.