In my first month of sewing I’ve made two Hollyburn skirts. The sewalong at Lavender Lane helped enormously through the process.
I printed out the PDF pattern, and even just taping that together was a real learning curve for a newbie like me! Somehow I ended up with wonky grainline markings in the pattern – but I think I got away with it.
I made this green version first (my first ever garment!):
I was pretty pleased with myself. Within a few days I had turned a length of fabric into a wearable item of clothing!
Just don’t look on the inside… The tension on the zig-zag seam finish is off so they’re all scrunched up. And the waistband interfacing is exposed in places! Some of the seams are wonky, too – I could not get that cheap polycotton to hold a pressed fold for more than a few minutes.
All in all though, this skirt is the end product of a serious learning experience. I had a lot of fun making it, even the frustrating bits along the way like redoing the zipper four times. (Now I understand why basting is always recommended.)
Then I made this version for my birthday, and all my feelings of pride about the green skirt were blown out of the water:
I’m really happy with this one! I took all my learnings from the first version, and applied them fastidiously and painstakingly. And isn’t that fabric gorgeous? I picked it up at Spotlight.
I didn’t match up the print on the seams, but other than that I was possibly a bit too perfectionist. This afternoon I read in Love At First Stitch that if you mess up a couple of stitches, you don’t actually have to redo the whole seam. I’ll get through my future projects a lot faster with that bit of knowledge!
I wore the floral skirt out on my birthday – my husband treated me to dinner at Lime House, which was great fun. I loved the jerk chicken carpaccio (bold but delicate) and the macaroni pie (wholesome and comforting). I ate a huge amount – by the end of the night I was grateful for the ease in the skirt’s waistband!
I see myself making many more Hollyburn skirts – they are exactly my style, and so easy to wear.
2 thoughts on “Two Hollyburn Skirts”
Wow, your skirts are fantastic! I can’t believe they’re your first real garments, they look so great. I’m so glad that the sew along was helpful.
And who cares what they look like on the inside, most people (fellow sewists excluded) won’t even think about the inside, and the outside looks fantastic.
Hi there, thank you for your lovely comment! The sewalong was very clear and comprehensive, and I wouldn’t have done half as good a job without your guidance – so thank you!
You are so right, nobody thinks about the inside. I’ve wore the green skirt the other day and I was so pleased about wearing something I made myself that I forgot about the imperfections anyway!