Over the last couple of weeks I’ve made 2 new skirts
Let me introduce you to the gorgeous girls.
First off meet Hollyburn
… she’s makes me feel kinda sporty and has a fresh spring look
My Hollyburn skirt came about after seeing a post on Rachel’s website to join her for a Sewalong she was hosting.. well I took up the offer and decided to have a little fun and sewalong. I’m so glad I did as now I have a new skirt that fits me perfectly to add to my wardrobe.
The Hollyburn skirt pattern only goes to a size 16 with a waist measurement of 35″ and mine waist was 40″ so I needed to add 5″… mmm I think I enjoyed myself a little too much over xmas ah well easy come easy go and I know those extra couple of inches will soon be gone agin. To increase the size of the pattern I used the slash and spread method and also added a little extra length as I don’t have the best looking legs you’ve ever seen and prefer my skirts a little longer.
I really took my time with this skirt. Normally I jump right into my sewing projects as I can’t wait to see them finished. This time as much as I wanted to skip ahead of the sewalong I thought “NO… don’t do it… sewalong with Rachel and have a little fun and have a little patience… you never know you’ll probably learn something and pick up a few tips”. I’m so glad I did as not only did I pick up a couple of tips I also felt like I wasn’t sewing alone.
I decided to add a lining to my Hollyburn as my fashion fabric has a lose weave and a little see through especially when the sun or a little light shines through.
The lining is attached to the inside of the waistband… a lining is not including in the Hollyburn pattern but Rachel shared two versions in her sewalong which is great for anyone who’s never sewn in a lining to a skirt before… it’s really quite easy to do and adds a nice touch and a finish to your skirts as they look just as good on the inside as they do on the outside.
Here’s a pic of Hollyburn on the inside… you can see she’s just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside… a lining really does give a nice finish and adds that little extra special touch.
I used cut a 1″ strip of fusible interfacing and added it to the lining to give the zipper additional support as the lining fabric is very sheer and light weight and wouldn’t be strong enough to support a zipper on it’s own.
Here’s a close up of Hollyburn’s zipper finished on the inside… you can see the zipper is stitched through the interfacing and has less chance of strain the lining fabric.
This is what the zipper looks like on the fashion fabric. It’s a little distorted where the waistband meets the skirt but hey who’s going to look that close when I’m wearing it LOL… it was too minor for me to worry about unpicking and stitching it again so this is how she’s going to stay.
This is what Hollyburn looks like from the rear… I think the fabric drapes well and yeh I know it’s not the best looking rear end you’ve ever seen buy hey it’s mine and she’s been with me for a long time and I can live with it LOL
So there you go what to do think of Hollyburn… do you think she’s a great addition to my wardrobe?
Big thank you to Rachel from MyMessings for a wonderful sewalong experience
Now… let me introduce you to Hollyburn’s new friend Simplicity?
I made this skirt using Simplicity 2058 – Amazing Fit Pattern purchased as a download pattern…yes I was impatient and wanted it straight away.
I think she’s a little cutie and love the print and colours in the fabric… she actually makes me feel kinda sexy and makes me want to put some heels on and dress her up a little.
I also added a lining as this fabric is super sheer… this time I used a non sheer silky fashion fabric for the lining as I needed something that wasn’t see through.
This skirt has an invisible zipper and I think I did a pretty good job installing this one as you can see it’s hardly noticeble at all.
I really love the style of this skirt and little flare on the bottom… I think it compliments my curves quite well and gives me a little shape.
I have a feeling I’ll be using both of these patterns again as they were both super easy and quick to make and they both fit my curves perfectly.
I think Hollyburn and Simplicity will be friends and sharing the same closet for some time to come… hope they don’t get jealous when I chose to when one and not the other?
So what do you think of the two new girls Hollyburn and Simplicity 2058?
Do you think they’re keepers and great little additions for my wardrobe?