Here is my version of Sewaholics Hollyburn skirt. I had no idea why I took my sweet time with this skirt, but I just could not sit down and finish it. The instructions are very easy, it’s a nice straight forward pattern, excellent instructions, and there are many online tutorials for adding lining to this pattern.
I think part of it was that this is not my typical style skirt and I was having a hard time liking the cut while trying it on during the construction process. This is a very full skirt, I love the way it looks on others online but I am not used to seeing myself in this shape.
Making this skirt made me realize a couple of things about the shape of my body that I should consider when selecting pattern so my expectations of how I will look in the finished product are more accurate. First, I carry most of my hip measurement in the rear – so my booty is the main part of my hip girth. Apparently this makes my hips look wider in a fuller skirt. I also realized just how short bodied I am. The high waist of this skirt really put into perspective how close my natural waist is to my bust. I should consider this for adjustments but also for imagining what to wear with higher waisted skirts and pants (lol like I am going to make pants anytime soon! pffff!). These are certainly not complaints about my body, just observations I have not considered when I am looking to make new garments.
I made this skirt out of a mystery cotton (maybe) blend from my Paris shopping trip, and lined it with bemberg rayon. The mystery fabric was so light that I had to tack it to the lining which took away from some of the hip width. The mystery fabric was super cheap in all senses of the word so maybe I should consider this a wearable muslin. Next time I make this pattern, I am going to grade down a size or two and the hips, and use better fabric.
I want to learn to love this skirt. I love it on everyone else in the sewing blogosphere, thankfully there are so many who have posted cute outfits with their Hollyburn skirts. Yay internet!! I was looking for something to wear with this skirt and I found a coral top with bows around the neckline that I completely forgot I owned. Why haven’t I been wearing it, it’s so cute.