Friday, February 6, 2015

Linen-y Hollyburn

Digging my way through my pattern stash: here's Hollyburn!

You might have seen a sneak peek of her paired with my Muse Patterns Jenna cardigan earlier this week...

I've had my eye on Sewaholic's Hollyburn skirt for a while now, figuring it had the potential to be a wardrobe staple for me.


However, now that I've made it, I'm just not sure it's me. Or at least not in this fabric... 


The fabric is some pretty linen-y stuff I got from a vendor in Hong Kong's fabric district. Now that I see it on me, though, I think it's a bit heavy for Hollyburn. Boo. I feel like there's not enough drape, so it sticks straight out, making my hips look even bigger than usual...


I think if I were to make Hollyburn again, I would use an invisible zip. Not loving how visible and distracting the zip is here: 


I dunno... maybe I'm being too judge-y about the Hollyburn. I'm definitely going to wear it and wash it a couple times in the hopes that a) the fabric softens up and b) the skirt grows on me. 


Have you made Hollyburn? What's a good fabric choice for this skirt, ya think?


17 comments:

  1. The pockets on this are great! I think with a little more drape in the fabric (like a lighter linen, maybe blended with rayon), this would be a really good pattern for you. I suspect this version too isn't as bad as you think. Magic closet time!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah,I love that there are pockets, but they are not bunchy and don't add bulk in the hip area. Yep, more drape might be the key here, for sure.

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  2. The pockets on this are great! I think with a little more drape in the fabric (like a lighter linen, maybe blended with rayon), this would be a really good pattern for you. I suspect this version too isn't as bad as you think. Magic closet time!

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  3. I think the way the waist nips in makes the flare of the skirt very flattering. I've been pondering this pattern for about a year and I think I just may buy it now, based on your version. We have a similar body type, me and you, and so I love it when you make up patterns I've been eyeing.... May I ask what size you made? I am usually discouraged by the size number I need to cut for Sewaholic patterns, but then find them very flattering when made up, regardless of the number I had to cut out....

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! I ended up with the largest size for Hollyburn, based on my waist measurement (figured that was the most important one for this skirt). Usually for Sewaholic tops, though, I go with 2-3 sizes down, so making the largest size this time was a bit hard to swallow.

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  4. My first impression was WOW, that looks great! And I'm sticking with it. If you're not comfortable make it again in something more drapey but this one looks very versatile.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Tammy! Based on your reaction and those from other commenters, I should definitely give Hollyburn another chance ;-)

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  5. I think it looks phenomenal. I was surprised that you didn't end up in love...but that's how it goes sometimes! In the mean time I think I'll buy that pattern and fabric as close as possible to make it for myself! (I love it!)

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    1. Ha ha, thanks! I do love the fabric... I'll definitely see if I grow to love this skirt more. Maybe a couple wears will do the trick. It might just be the shock of trying a new silhouette!

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  6. You know, the first time I made Hollyburn I did not like it on me at all. Then a year or so later I made it in a shorter length and loved it!

    This looks really great on you and that color is going to go with everything!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way initially! Hmmm... maybe shorter length would help me, too. In the meantime, I'll give it a go as is and see if it grows on me, because you're right, it goes with everything!

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  7. I really like it and I think it looks really great on you. I think it's perfect for work.
    It could be the fabric throwing you off though - drape really does make a difference. I just finished two aldershirtdresses and one is made of a drapey cotton and one of a quilting cotton. The drapier one looks way better in my opinion and I know I'll wear it more. I would atleast give it one more shot in a different fabric.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! It's totally true: fabric choice is everything.

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  8. I think it looks great - I actually like the structure from the heavier fabric (though I don't recommend a heavy twill - I've made a Hollyburn in that and I like it, but it doesn't drape AT ALL). I actually made a Hollyburn last week in a viscose crepe and it is AMAZING in the drapey fabric - it swishes around me and I felt so fancy wearing it to work.

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    1. Ooh- can't wait to see your Hollyburn, Sophie-Lee!

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  9. I think it looks really cute! :)

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