I finished this project in September, my first attempt at the Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt. Here’s what I like about it: the pattern is pretty festive for how simple it is, the directions were super clear, and the pockets quite commodious. When I’ve worn the skirt, I generally get a compliment about my outfit. Overall, it’s a great basic item that looks lovely with my more colorful shirts.
My other mistake (and one I can’t fix) was my fabric choice. I think this skirt would really do best in a thicker fabric than I used, one that doesn’t wrinkle up so enthusiastically. I’ve already got a thrifted and shoddily-sewn wool plaid maxi earmarked for a Kelly makeover, so I’m game to try!
The other change I’d like to try is something else with the back. Maybe inverting the pleats or tucks (I can never remember which is which!) I also spaced these closer to each other than the pattern recommended, after an exchange with Nathan. “Does the back of this skirt give me shelf-butt?” I asked. He hesitated and said “I don’t know what that is…” (pause) “… but the answer might be yes.”
Finally, I may break the waistband up into three pieces instead of one. Though the gaping at the waist is much-improved since I made the right size, I think I’d still prefer something more graduated like my beloved Simplicity 2451s.
Anyhoodles, happy almost-Friday to you all! I’m getting close to finishing my Minoru and can’t wait to show you all soon. (I can’t believe I set it aside for so many months!) And Kirsty, Ginger and Gillian, thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comments about your sewing philosophies. It’s awesome to meet such thoughtful creators!