Thursday, 4 December 2014

pineapple kelly midi

my personal fabric buyer lara has certainly come through with the goods recently! after seeing a great linen printed with pineapples on darn cheap fabrics' instagram feed my personal shopper was kind enough to pick me up 1.2m.

my first thoughts were it would make a great skirt.  i love the megan nielsen kelly skirt, which i made here and here last summer.  so i thought a midi kelly would work for the fabric.


i lengthened the skirt by 6 inches, mainly because that is the length my 1.2 metres of fabric would allow and am really happy with how the length looks. i didn't make any other alterations.


construction for this skirt is the same as my two previous kellys. i really love the kelly pattern. i like how easy it is - mostly straight line sewing, but that the finished skirt has a really nice shape to it.  the fabric was a dream to sew, it has a nice linen feel and you can finger press it well as you go along.


i have read a few bloggers say that the back pleats on the kelly add volume at the back where its not really wanted, but given the busyness and weight of this fabric i think it works ok in keeping a slim look.


the weather of late in sydney has been quite tropical, hot days and late storms - its actually hailing as i type this.  the light has made photo taking challenging with my limited abilities, the pic below was the best of the full length shots, but still blurry and dark.


like my last two kellys i finished the pockets with bias binding and french seams for the side seams to keep everything clean and neat on the inside.


i used bias binding on the hem too to keep the length close to what it was cut at.  i absolutely love this skirt and have already cut another in the wax print i bought in south africa at the start of the year, but have added 7 inches to the length so i can turn up a proper hem.



yep this one is a winner!

quite a few other bloggers have this fabric and am really keen to see what they all make up.


emma

14 comments :

  1. Love this skirt! The pleats are much more flattering on the back of the skirt in this length.
    Maybe I need to make a Kelly Midi as well...

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I think I prefer the midi length in the Kelly, nearly finished my next one and starting to think about a third one!

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  2. Looks fabbo! The pineapple fabric is the bomb and I love the midi length on skirts.

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    1. Thanks Bec, i love the midi length too - lately its all i want to make!

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  3. All. The. Pineapples. *boom* That was my head exploding in joy! Em, you have seriously the most epic settle and this is yet another rad make :D

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    1. Thanks! I was checking out the #sydneyspooletes the other day when i posted to it and i saw you with the pineapple cocktail to think the pineapple congo has been going since then!

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  4. Love, love, love! I love the drape and body in the skirt fabric, it's just perfect for this style. Is this a heavy linen? I think I need me some pineapples :)

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    1. Thanks Jillian, yes the drape of this linen is absolutely beautiful - I really love wearing the skirt. Yes its a heav'ish linen but it has a fantastic drape and doesnt crush much - a perfect fabric!

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  5. This looks fantastic and thanks for the pineapple inspiration!

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    1. Thanks! Love you culottes too - how nice is this fabric!?!

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  6. Such a great skirt - pineapples yay! and I think I actually prefer this length to the usual... Gorgeous skirt on you :).

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  7. Thanks Gabrielle, I agree i prefer the midi length. Funny how we both just posted our outfits that we wore to the last lunch meet up!

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  8. This fabric is just beyond amazing...I want it...desperately! I think it looks so great as this skirt and with the top/shoes it a really modern/funky silhouette. I'm as jealous as a bag full of pineapples I tell you (aka A LOT jealous).

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  9. Hi,
    Please forgive my leaving this in a comment, I couldn’t find an e-mail address for you. I’m making an index of Australian sewing bloggers, which you can find here: http://iammsfrizzle.blogspot.com/2014/12/sewists-of-australia.html I hope you don’t mind being on it- just let me know if you want to be removed. Thank you!

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