Denim Kelly

22 Jun

Denim skirts have been out of my wardrobe for a long time. Skirts in general were out of my wardrobe for a long time, but with my goal of trying to increase my skirt-robe (that’s skirt+wardrobe don’t ya know) I figured a casual skirt would be necessary and give me a chance to work with denim.

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If you’re sick of hearing about the giveaway then look away now. Would you believe that it’s lasted this long? I’ve still got a voucher to spend!!

I got this denim from myfabricplace.co.uk as part of THE Giveaway. A little bit risky as it was bought unseen but mostly it’s fine. The colour is exactly what I wanted but it’s a bit stretchy which I didn’t know.

It was so stiff though! Like, the stuff didn’t even move, ever. I washed that shit 3 or 4 times in vinegar and then tumble dried it to get some movement in it- I had to follow internet directions for how to vintageify stuff ‘for that washed-out, worn look’. But finally I had a usable fabric!

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Sewing with denim is actually not as big a deal as I thought it would be. I used a denim needle and it went through no problem- no breakage here. It’s a little more difficult to press, but that was about the biggest difference.

Everything else I did pretty much the same as my first Kelly except I topstitched all the seams here for that proper denim look. I’m actually pretty pleased with how they turned out, not too much wobbliness going on.

AAAAAAAAANNNNNDDDD LOOK AT THESE POCKETS

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Because denim and zebras go together. Obvs.

(Look at my t-shirt if you don’t believe me. Zebras4life.)

My husband said it was ridiculous having polka dot zebra pockets in a denim skirt. I told him he was ridiculous and did it anyway.

I even used hammer-in denim buttons- and I used lots of them. In my first Kelly I realised that the buttons were spaced too far apart for me. Maybe it’s because I work in a school but I’m always conscious that there’s a gap between the buttons so I added in an extra one or two for this skirt.

 

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I’m not 100% happy with it though. I mentioned this issue in my first Kelly post but I think this shape is not a good look for me. It’s funny because somebody I’d never met before actually said to me ‘where did you get your skirt? I love the shape of it’ but I feel a bit conscious in it and I’m always trying to adjust the pleats. I think I would have been happier in a normal A-line skirt.  I do have some denim left over, probably enough to squeeze an A-line skirt from. So even though I’ll have gone from 0-2 denim skirts in a few weeks I might do it, in the name of science.

 

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2 Responses to “Denim Kelly”

  1. Kaitlyn Emmett June 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Such a lovely skirt, very practical, and absolutely love the zebras

    • Courtney June 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks! I knew my husband was wrong…they usually are.

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