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Kelly Curve Tester Round-Up

Kelly Curve Tester Round Up

It’s time for one of our favourite parts of releasing a new or updated pattern…the tester round up! We consider pattern tester to be a vital part of the development process and our testers are the people who let us know what works for them, and what doesn’t and sometimes they can suggest something that becomes an integral part of the pattern. We actually did two rounds of testing for Kelly Curve to make sure we got it just right and there were some important changes we decided to make based on the feedback we received as well as from our own internal testing.

Based on our testers’ feedback we changed the ease in the front skirt, pleat placement, and also added an elastic back waistband, so you may notice that some tester makes may differ a bit from the final pattern due to these changes. We’re so excited with the final result, a thoughtful Curve pattern that we hope you love as much as we do!

Thank you to our wonderful testers, who were so generous with their time in testing the pattern for us. We’re so excited to show you their incredible makes, so without further ado…let’s check them out!


Hope Kelly Curve Test
WHO

Hope @hopefullysewingsomething has made View C Button front midi length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

The pockets are amazing. I mean, they are perfect pockets. I would really like one in 8-oz denim. I honestly hadn’t thought of denim for this pattern until I read about it in the instructions and I fell in love with the idea.

This is an excellent pattern for someone looking for their first (or possibly second) sew. I can see how proud I would feel if I had completed this really early on in my sewing journey.


Emma Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Emma @sewdoitemma has made View B Button front knee length gathered skirt with elastic back waistband.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

I love the silhouette this pattern gives. The pattern will be great for a variety of fabrics. It’s simple yet elevated and I’ve been looking for something like this for a while! I’ve got a future version in mind!


Sandra Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Sandra @stylish_seams has made View D Button front midi length gathered skirt with elastic back waistband.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

The design with a button placket and pockets is very friendly to a large hip to waist ratio. I have more planned and the only variation I plan for next is to shorten the height of the waistband.


WHO

Rachel @the.rachel.ann.edit has made View A Button front knee-length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I was very impressed by the easy of construction. I have 1.5m of a denim fabric I hope will be enough to make another version of the Kelly Curve skirt.”


Tanis Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Tanis @rockymountainstitching has made View B Button front knee length gathered skirt with elastic back waistband.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“The construction of the waistband was excellent and led to such a professional-looking finish. This is such a versatile pattern, and having a few different ones in my wardrobe in different materials will go a long way to make my wardrobe more varied. I will be making a long pleated version in wool or corduroy for winter.”


Denise Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Denise @denise.does has made View D Button front midi length gathered skirt with elastic back waistband.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“A great beginner skirt with some skills to level up. It fills the ‘work appropriate but comfortable’ skirt gap”.


Jackie Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Jackie @sewjackiesue has made View A Button front pleated skirt with fitted waistband, lengthened.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I liked that it takes a small number of pattern pieces to get a great looking skirt and with that type of starting point there is so much you can do. I am planning to make view C so I can try the elastic back waistband and my idea is to add machine embroidery along the placket and possibly the hemline. I also plan to make covered buttons that have been embroidered.”


Virginia Kelly Curve Skirt
WHO

Virginia @ginny_does_stuff has made View D Button front midi length gathered skirt

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“This is the perfect skirt for dashing about on the weekends. I can’t wait to wear it to my local farmer’s market. It’s casual yet a step above, and I love that it has pockets! I made my Kelly in lightweight chambray with wooden buttons, and I love it. It’s just what I was hoping it would be.”


Christina Kelly Curve Test
WHO

Christina @c.pikas has made View A Button front knee length pleated skirt with fitted waistband.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“My favorite thing is the pleat option. It provides a nice fullness at the hip and is sleeker from the waistband. I’d like to make some wintery ones in the fall. I’m thinking corduroy would be great.”


Lisa Huggins Kelly Curve Test
WHO

Lisa @little_sewing_van has made View B Button front knee length gathered skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

I love the simplicity of the construction and versatility of different fabric choices to give a finished garment which will be a great wardrobe staple. I already have more planned in denim and linen!


Emilia Rose Tester Kelly Curve
WHO

Mia @knitandgrace has made View A Button front knee-length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I absolutely loved how simple this pattern is. You wouldn’t think that a few simple rectangles would turn into such a cute and classic skirt. The skirt is very simple to dress up or down, so it is extremely versatile. The pattern was easy to follow and because of the clean lines, you can avoid wasting too much fabric if you are creative with how you layout your pieces. I received tons of compliments when I wore it to the office.”

“I’m planning on working up the midi-length version in a beautiful floral linen fabric I recently picked up during the spring sales.”


Liane Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Liane has made View A Button front knee-length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“The wide waistband is awesome and I like that pockets can be made of a different fabric and can be seen. I also like the topstitching steps.”

“I’d like to make another once I’m no longer pregnant!”


Christy Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Christy @tandarady has made View D Button front midi length gathered skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I’ve been sewing for about a year and a half, and I still consider myself pretty new to sewing, but I could really see ways to adapt the pattern to add different design features. And that’s both in terms of embellishments and fit modifications. I have only made the midi length version, but I’d consider making the shorter length. I generally like the style and think it adapts nicely to both casual and office wear, and I could see it working well in a variety of different fabrics.”


WHO

Katelyn @indigothreadwares has made View A Button front knee-length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I love that this skirt is fairly easy and doesn’t take too long to make but it looks awesome! It’s great that there’s a few variations within the pattern so I can make a bunch of skirts, all a little bit different from the next. “

“Next time I think I might make the Midi Length pleated skirt with some navy and white gingham linen and make a little matching top to go with it. I’m also thinking about altering the gathered skirt and putting a bodice on instead of the waist band to make a gathered dress with buttons down the front.”


WHO

Chloe @sew.clo has made View C Button front midi length pleated skirt.

WHAT DOES SHE THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“I love the simplicity of the design, but it’s also not too basic. It will be a great summer staple that’s appropriate for work but also just for a casual day out.

I’d love to make a version in a slightly heavier fabric, maybe chambray or a nice cotton gingham. I made my first version in a really floaty viscose.”


Larissa Kelly Curve Tester
WHO

Larissa @crafty.engineer has made View A Button front knee-length pleated skirt.

WHAT DO THEY THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“My favourite thing about this pattern was what a quick win it was. A cute spring/summer skirt with pockets that was an easy sew! Making my first one already has me thinking about future versions.”

“I have only made one so far but I think this pattern lends itself to a great deal of versatility. I like the idea of adding piping to the pocket and waistband seams as a design detail, even in a contrasting colour perhaps? I also think the midi length in corduroy or denim might be something I need for fall.”


Lisa Kelly Curve Tester Make
WHO

Lisa has made View A Button front above knee pleated skirt.

WHAT DO THEY THINK OF THE PATTERN?

“My favourite thing about the pattern is the deep hem. I just thoroughly enjoyed it and it is very comfortable and stylish.”


LOOKING FOR MORE KELLY POSTS?

Here’s the full list of Kelly tutorials coming up on the blog:

  • How to choose between Kelly & Kelly Curve
  • Kelly Curve Tester Round-Up (this post!)
  • Sewalong: Pockets & Side Seams
  • Sewalong: Placket
  • Sewalong: Pleats
  • Sewalong: Gathers
  • Sewalong: Waistband
  • Sewalong: Buttonholes and Buttons
  • Sewalong: Hem
  • Hack: Closed Ruffle Tier Hem
  • Hacks for the Kelly Skirt

Don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNkelly and @megannielsenpatterns when sharing on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to!

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About Author

Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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