Hooray for a sewalong! Rachel at Mymessings is hosting a fabulous hollyburn sewalong, and as I need more work skirts, why not join in?
Some fabulous pale blue eyelet was sitting at the op shop for a mere $4, and was just crying out to be a pretty new skirt. And then the ghosts of poor seamstresses threw all my plans into disarray. While untangling the eyelet to pre-wash it, it turns out someone had already cut this eyelet into strips, with the cuts going across the grain and each piece only 25″ narrow. So narrow. Too narrow for a hollyburn. WHO WOULD DO THIS?
Woefully I dried it and packed it away into the stash. There was no other hollyburn fabric in my stash (at least for a work skirt), so most tragically, I had to go fabric shopping.
Nipping into GJ’s fabrics in Brunswick yielded fantastic results, with two “wool blends” on the remnant table seeking a good home. With kindness in my heart I adopted these blends for $27 for 4.5 metres. Someone had to do it.
You know the really awesome thing? Out of the 2.5m drapey soft wool blend fabric, I’ve managed to cut one hollyburn and two jenny skirts. Ace right?
This skirt is easy to fit due to the style, and only the waistband is fitted. It’s firm around the waist, and then skims over the hips. I should have followed Rachel’s advice and maybe measured after a big meal, this is going to be a little tight if a pasta comes my way!
The pockets are the same style as the Cambie dress, so if you liked those, the hollyburn is a great skirt. For this version I’ve gone for a unlined option, but I would consider next time make a fully lined hollyburn.
I cut view B, which was the mid-length option, which was a little long. I realise there is a shorter length, but that had to much ‘flounce’ for my work (and gust of wind risk) for my purposes. I’m close to the height sewaholic patterns are designed for, but I have a long torso and short legs. Don’t be too jealous now. All the skirts I’ve had to knock about 2″ off the hem, so this is going to become my standard sewaholic pattern adjustment.
I have no idea what is blended with this wool, but it’s lovely and soft and likes to disintegrate when you sew it. I finished the seams with a line of stitching and then pinked the seam allowances, but you already can’t tell that I used pinking shears. This skirt may fall apart while I wear it, but we’ll worry about that later right? Perhaps some fraycheck might solve this problem.
As one hollyburn and two jenny skirts were cut from 2.5m, a few concessions had to be made. Like the lining of the pocket.
I did commit to making my clothes with whimsy! The pocket linings are from a fat quarter of fabric, which was $2 also from GJ’s discount fabrics. The pale pink spots that no-one can see, are my way of resistance like this skirt isn’t totally corporate and the man can’t keep me down. Yeah, I’ll look professional, but BAM. I HAVE CRAZY POCKETS.
This is the perfect beginners skirt. Four panels and a waistband, and between Tasia’s very straightforward instructions and Rachel’s comprehensive sewalong posts you really couldn’t go wrong. If you’re considering learning to sew, although this has a zip in it, you can totally nail it.
This skirt really reinforced something for me, it’s faster to hand baste than sew and then rip out a seam. I hand basted the waistband and then stitched in the ditch along the waist band, as this skirt is to be thrown in the washing machine in a rough fashion.
I don’t love this skirt just because it’s a tad boring, however boring is the go-to for work clothes, After wearing this skirt all day, it drapes and moves in a very flattering way, and there really isn’t much to be done for that. The details make it more fun for me, but I’d like to have another go at the hollyburn and use colour blocking.
Does anyone have suggestions of how to make boring clothes more interesting? I’m thinking solid colours but crazy design details. Or will I be veering away from ‘classic’ pieces and into the territory of disposable fashion?