The Summer Twirl - Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt
Posted on Saturday the 17th June 2017 by Not Sew Simple
Hi again - I'm delighted to be back with some summery projects over the next three months.
I was struggling to decide what I wanted to make next until one morning on my way to work I saw someone wearing a short flippy print skirt and I immediately wanted one exactly the same!
I decided to go for a slightly longer skirt and I remembered the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt Sewing Pattern. I made a blue linen version about two years ago - you can see it here - which gets a lot of wear each summer, but I wanted to use a lighter and drapier fabric for a twirly summery skirt.
This is View B - medium length and medium amount of flare. The pattern offers three lengths and three different amounts of flare. I cut a straight size 14 - I love the way Sewaholic drafted for a pear-shaped figure - usually I have to grade out at least one size between waist and hip!
When I made the Hollyburn skirt last time I used a tutorial from A Fashionable Stitch to convert the straight waist band to a curved one and I re-used those pattern pieces again. I also used an invisible zip rather than a centred zip as the pattern suggests - just because I prefer how it looks.
This fabric is this Viscose Challis Fabric - I love the red wine colour and the slightly abstract big black and white floral print. I didn't make any attempt to worry about pattern matching and I think it looks fine!
This is quite a lightweight fabric, it is slightly sheer and can stretch out of shape very easily if you handle it too much. It would be perfect for a breezy kimono or flowing shirt - the Sewoverit Ella blouse maybe?
Because the fabric was so light I needed to add a bit of reinforcement in key spots. I made sure I interfaced both sides of the waistband, along the back seams where the zip is inserted and on the edge of the pockets. I also top-stitched the outside edge of the pockets as they were sagging a little and I made sure to leave the skirt to hang for a couple of days to let the hem drop. I finished the skirt with a narrow hem.
Finally I will leave you with my attempts to capture the skirt in lovely twirly motion!
Thanks to Minerva for the supplies as ever,