Monday, 7 July 2014

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt(s)

I bought my Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt pattern in October last year from Indie Stitches. The skirt is a simple design and much loved by the sewing/blogging community.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

I made up the Hollyburn pretty much straight away in a fabric which I was drawn to in a pop up fabric store. I couldn't decide whether I was drawn to the fabric because I absolutely loved it or hated it. Turns out, I hated it! Off to the opshop this pink, white, and brown flower Hollyburn goes.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

I finally got the nerve up to try the pattern again with some herringbone woven thick grey wool for a winter skirt. I cut a size 10, version C with added waistband tabs from version B. I made a simple change to the pocket piece: I cut the pocket pieces along the fold line (with added S/A) and cut the facing part in a contrasting pink patterned rayon and the other half out of the shell wool. I sewed these pieces together down the 'fold line' and then treated them as a single piece.  I love the flash of pink in the pockets of an otherwise plain skirt.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

The construction of the skirt was simple. I overlocked all the edges to finish and inserted an invisible zip instead of a regular. The wool is very thick so I changed two aspects of construction to avoid sewing through multiple thick layers. 1) I hemmed the skirt with pink bias binding so that I didn't have to fold the hem over twice and create excess bulk. 2) I sewed the waistband tabs on to the waistband before folding under the facing. This made it easier going on my sewing machine. I added some pearlescent white buttons to the tabs.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

I really like how this Hollyburn turned out! It's one of my rare non-patterned makes so it goes with heaps of my wardrobe, while still being a bit special with the flash of pink in the pockets and on the hem. The fit is spot on. I'd usually make a size 8 in Sewaholic patterns but with such a thick wool, and a skirt which only will be worn in winter (I'm talking winter weight here!), I thought the 10 would be a safer option.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

Here, I'm wearing the Hollyburn with a my white Renfrew top and pink Coppelia Cardigan. I'll be sure to make more hollyburn's in the future. Especially in winter medium weight fabrics. I like the idea of trying the longer variations but don't think they'd suit me. I think my next version might be a lightweight dark denim with belt loops.

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

14 comments:

  1. The flash of pink is special. I really like the waistband tabs too! Job well done -- it looks like a keeper.

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    1. Thanks Annie, it certainly is a keeper :)

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  2. It looks cold where you are! I love those special little touches you get to add when you make your own clothes. Great skirt!

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    1. It really is cold in Melbourne at the moment! Thanks Heather! They do make them unique don't they :)

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  3. The added flashes of pink are really fun! I'm sure you'll wear this loads - I made a denim Hollyburn a few months ago and I wear it so much, it goes with everything!

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth! Glad to hear you get lots of wear from your denim skirt. It's on the list :)

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  4. Gorgeous Liz!! I'm loving your head to toe handmade winter outfits :)

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    1. Thanks Renee! I'm loving them too! it feels so good to have an established self -made wardrobe. Think I need to start getting rid of some lemons though.

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  5. Oooh I love the pockets! Great skirt!

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  6. Great take on the Hollyburn! I particularly like how you have it styled here. I need to pull out my copy of the pattern and make a few more before the end of summer. I did my first in wool, but I'd like to try it in another fabric to test out the versatility.

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle. I've seen lots of great summer versions, good luck with yours! For some reason, I prefer the skirt on me in a more weighty fabric.

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  7. This is such a gorgeous winter outfit! Love this skirt on you! A-line doesn't really suit me but not to worry - my "to-sew" list is about 20 garments long haha!

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    1. Thanks Nat :) I often feel like A-line doesn't suit me either, but I like it in a heavy weight winter fabric. Good luck getting through that sewing list. Although, is it every really through?

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