Sunday, September 15, 2013

Blue Hollyburn Skirt


So I'm a little behind on the times here but I made my first Hollyburn Skirt! I say first because I am certain there will be more! Very certain.

This was my first time working with an indie pattern (gasp!) and it was such a pleasure. The instructions were clear and had great pictures and I felt confident at every step. I enjoyed it so much I actually stretched it out over a couple of days to get the maximum amount of sewing enjoyment out of it. Sewing dork alert.


I made a straight size 12 straight out of the packet with no muslin and was stoked to have it fit perfectly. I was pretty confident that I could make it without a muslin after reading reviews that the fit is spot on.

I made View C and after trying it on I lopped off some fabric to make it sit above my knee. I'm 5"2 (and proud!) but it does present a problem when making skirts. I need to have them sit above the knee so I don't dwarf myself. I ended up taking 11 centimetres off the front and 8 centimetres off the back to cover my booty.


I also opted to make it a lapped zipper because I like the look of them and I find them easier to sew.


I love this fabric, both the colour and the fun print. It's some kind of mystery fabric that has the look and weight of linen but drapes like a lightweight cotton. The weave is quite loose making the skirt a little sheerer than I'd like but I'm hoping the colour and the drape of the fabric will allow me to get away with it.


I've never been one of those bloggers that show the innards of my clothes before but I think my sewing has reached a level where I can proudly show off my seams. Here goes!


I can't wait to make some summery tops to go with this skirt. And I'm sure there'll be more Hollyburn skirts in the works too. Stay tuned.

18 comments:

  1. So pretty! Love the colour, and that waistband is sewn so perfectly on the inside, which is something I always struggle with.

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    1. Thanks! This was the first pattern I actually did some handsewing on.
      It requires you to slip stitch the waistband down.
      Normally I would ignore this and try to topstitch because I'm all about the topstitching but I've been converted now that I can see what a nice and neat finish this gives.
      I feel a bit growed up.

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  2. It looks perfect for summer, great print! The Hollyburn does seem like such a versatile pattern, I'm tempted. :)

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    1. Yeah it think it's a pattern I can use year round.
      Cottons/linens for summer and then wools for winter.
      I love it.

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  3. Lovely colour fabric and a fun print. Well done on sewing your first indie pattern!

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    1. Thanks! It's certainly not my last, I went on an indie pattern binge.
      Can't wait to make them all.

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  4. this is lovely. I am too have several clothes made by me for me and I do love what you are doing. I really do. I will make this for my sisters. Thank you.

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    1. That's so lovely that you sew for your sisters!
      I find it hard to sew for anyone else mostly because my sewing list for myself is waaaay too long.

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  5. Gorgeous! I wear my hollyburn with pendrell and portrait blouses

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to make some Alma's to go with them.
      I'll be head to toe Sewaholic.

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  6. That is lovely and so well finished. You certainly can now proudly show off your innards.

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    1. Why thank you.
      It really does make a difference on your enjoyment of sewing it as well as wearing it when you know you've taken the time to finish it properly.

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  7. Nice seams! I'm also someone who doesn't show my seams off too often, but I am certainly starting to feel guilty for not spending just a little more time finishing them off now... Yours look great! I'm very much in love with that fabric too - it looks perfect for spinning about in!

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    1. Thanks, this is one of my best finished projects so there was a large amount of pride behind posting those pics!
      Yeah I adore this fabric and I've got some great fabrics lined up to make some tops to match.

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  8. Cute skirt!! I have this pattern cut out, but I just can't make a decision on fabric for it. I need to make a decision soon!

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    1. Ooh can't wait to see what you make of it.
      I really like how drapey this skirt is.
      I think I will eventually make one in a cotton to see how it falls differently.

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  9. I wasn't mad about this pattern when it first came out - but it's really grown on me and I think I need one! lovely fabric choice

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    1. Thanks, yeah I often do that with patterns.
      I wasn't sold on the Kelly Skirt but here I am about to sew one up.
      They butter you up these patterns.

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