Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wool Hollyburn Skirt

The hollyburn skirts that I made previously for pattern testing and the sew-along have proved to be very versatile work skirts, so it was bound to happen that I'd make more at some point. For this version I used the last of the wool suiting that I used for my Mad-Meh dress. I had pretty much exactly the right amount left over.

This time around I made myself the 'middle' option (in both length and flare). My previous versions were the short and most flared-option. I ended up having to hack off quite a few inches, as it was a little too long on me, settling with this knee length, as any longer was a bit overwhelming on me.

Similarly to the dress in this fabric, I'm not completely loving the finished make. I still love the fabric, but the skirt itself doesn't quite feel right when I'm wearing it. Having said that, it's gotten plenty of wear since I made it.

I lined this version, and inserted the zipper as per the sewalong, and also added the button tabs to the waistband (which I do really like).

The t-shirt in these pictures is also a me-made and unblogged. It's my standard t-shirt block, and the first thing I made on my new overlocker, what feels like yonks ago when I got it but realistically is a few months ago, early May maybe? I love the jersey but hadn't plucked up the courage to sew with it as it curled terribly. I even tried the cornstarch trick but that didn't even help enough.

However, with quick and minimal handling between cutting and overlocking, and a fair few pins and an equal amount of patience, the t-shirt came together really well and was well worth the effort.


  1. I actually really like this skirt! It would look awesome, in fall in TO, with some tall boots. I also think you might like it with a fitted, waist-height slim, 3/4 sleeve sweater.

  2. That is one incredibly professionally-made looking skirt! x

  3. Wow it looks so well made and perfectly fitted! And I love the Tee as well. Well done gorgeous lady. P.s. your hair looks fabulous :)

  4. You picked the right pattern for this fabric. Love your styling choice too.

  5. I agree! It's looks super on you Rachel and the button tab looks very professional.

  6. Perfect wardrobe staple items here!

  7. After wearing pencil skirts all year, a fuller skirt is growing in my mind. Love your version.


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