My Kelly Skirt – Too late for Red (ish) October?

photoI really wanted to make something for Red October but the UFO I was planning on finishing turned out to be uncooperative. As a last resort I turned to the Kelly skirt pattern. I ordered this as soon as it was released as a PDF. Call me weird but I actually prefer PDF patterns to most normal ones. I hate tissue paper and tracing and would much rather stick the pages together then cut them out. And if I need a different size I just print it out again.

This skirt has been made and blogged a million times before, so I will just add that it really is as easy as everyone says it is. Even with the seven buttonholes it only took a few hours.  Pockets, no zip, a quick make, what’s not to love?

(Even if the button holes are some of the crappiest I’ve ever done, due to rushing, but they don’t show too much so keep it quiet, okay?)

photo 2I used this gorgeous Alexander Henry lorenza fabric that I got at the Birmingham swap. It originally came from Louise of Thread Carefully, so thank you Louise.  It has red stripes and I used red buttons so it definitely counts for Red October, yes? And I did finish it in October, even if I am a couple of days late in posting it.

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If I was going to make it again I would possibly hem it a little shorter but otherwise I really love it. It should see me through winter with leggings and boots and still work when the weather improves.

I’m afraid my November posts will probably be a less frequent than usual. I have decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year.  Not a completely sane decision, I am already short of time but I really really want to. I guess it will do my family good fending for themselves for a month. And my boss does need to learn who’s really the boss, and who needs sleep anyway?  I would highly recommend it as a way of getting focused on a writing project and developing a habit (a writing habit, not a gin, caffeine or crisp habit, although that may be a side effect if last year is anything to go by).  Last year I managed to ‘win’ and wrote 52,407words of a novel in November. I have almost finished tarting it up to make it presentable so I’m going to give it another go this year to produce some more raw material to work with.  I will need breaks so I may still get some sewing done, but no promises.

Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year? If so good luck and I’ll see you at the finish line, if not before.

17 thoughts on “My Kelly Skirt – Too late for Red (ish) October?

  1. sewbusylizzy

    I used the hate PDFs too – but now I love them for the same reason you do – NO TRACING. I didn’t even get annoyed when I stuck the maritime shorts pattern together THREE times…

  2. Vicki Kate

    I love this skirt! Looks fabulous! I don’t mind PDFs if there’s not too many pages. Print at copy shop is my kinda instant gratification, particularly as the office supply store a couple of miles away will very soon have that facility!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thanks! I have yet to try the copy shop option, I might see if there is one nearby, it is a killer sticking if there are too many pages or it is not a particularly user friendly format.

  3. Béa

    I love those stripes – they’re cute, yet grown-up at the same time. I’d love a skirt like that- I’d wear it week in week out!

    Now go and put a jumper on, you’re making me feel chilly in your vest!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thanks! It’s funny you say that – It turns out that I was actually running a temperature for those photos, which is probably why I didn’t feel cold. I had to go to bed that afternoon (where I wrote the post, dosed up on Lemsip) and spent the next couple of days in bed with flu. I’ve just about recovered now though. And I have my jumper on now 🙂

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers, and thank you so much for donating. I admit I may have used my elbows to nab this fabric at the swap. Writing is going slowly, I’ve been ill so only managed about 6000 words, but hopefully it will pick up now I’m feeling better.

  4. Kim

    Great skirt! I really like pdf’s too, since I really dislike tracing.. And saturday I even had my first pdf pattern printed at the copy shop, which means no taping, so it’s even better! Good luck with your busy month!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers Kim! I really need to try the copy shop option, I’m going to see if there is one near me. No taping or tracing sounds like heaven. Now if I could just find someone to press things for me as I sew…..


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