I decided to order the Hollyburn Skirt because of (surprise surprise) Inside Number 23’s Hollyburn Sewalong. I didn’t actually intend for it to be part of the sewalong, and in the end I finished it the day after the FO thread closed, but I started to make it mid-week in between one of my other makes (the blouse which is still unfinished), and I didn’t realise how quick to sew it would actually be.
I made view C, the shortest of the three skirt lengths, mainly because of how much of the fabric I had – it was quite a squeeze! Looking at the finished garment measurements, I made the size 6 just to be safe (the sizes started from 0) because I have a bad habit of ignoring seam allowances and just going with the flow. Generally I appear to stick to the 1.5cm allowance, but this fabric was so fabulous that I didn’t want to risk it.
It soon became clear that I had played it very safe with this size, the length of the size 6 on me (once hemmed) was below my knee, bearing in mind that view C is meant to sit a fair way above. Next time I’ll be making a size 0 (if that) length wise – I’ll have to do some measuring.
Total time made from cutting out to having a finished project (excluding the bits of handsewing I still need to do because I got a bit pedal-happy with my machine) was probably well within the four hour mark, and I am by no means a speedy sewer.
The videos released by Katie (her name is going to be a hyperlink to her Hollyburn sewalong videos) as well as the lovely clear instructions on the pattern itself both definitely helped with my speedy skirt, and prevented any mishaps along the way. I’d recommend this pattern even for a first-time sewer, as the resources available means that anything you could get stuck on is explained thoroughly with a visual guide! (including pockets)
Now it’s time for the photos of my lovely jubbly skirt:
Thread spools fabric from Hobbycraft!