Completed: A Solid, Structured Hollyburn

19 May

It’s official. Hollyburn is my new favorite skirt pattern. Also, that post title makes this skirt sound like it can stand up on it’s own. Well, it practically can, I guess.

Navy Twill Hollyburn

After knocking out a drapey rayon version, I was ready to try this pattern in a fabric with a little more body, like you see on the Sewaholic site. I’m a flared skirt girl at heart, but I’m kind of over circle skirts for the time being (I don’t know what happened, but I suddenly feel like I’m in costume every time I try to wear one!), so this marriage of flared-but-not-circle skirt combined with a fabric that has some structure was pretty perfect.

Navy Twill Hollyburn

I used this navy solid organic cotton twill from Mood Fabrics that I bought while I was in NY (but, thankfully, you can also buy it on the website. Which is good, because I’m definitely gonna need to buy more asap!). This stuff is AWESOME. It’s a great, bottom-weight cotton twill with no stretch, and very saturated color. I’ve used this fabric to also make my tie-less Miette and my Red skinny Thurlow pants (albeit in different colors, obviously) and it’s just a joy to both sew and wear. Seriously, those red Thurlows get the HELL worn out of them and the fabric still looks totally pristine. I love them!

Navy Twill Hollyburn

There is not much more to say about this pattern, apart from what I wrote in my previous post. I almost didn’t want to post this skirt because I feel like it’s a little redundant… like, cool, Lauren, you made another flared skirt. YAWN. However, I felt it was important to at least show what a major role fabric choice plays in when it comes to putting together a garment. This skirt is obviously much more structured than my previous Hollyburn – it practically stands out on it’s own. That’s just the fabric, by the way – I didn’t add anything to the hem, nor am I wearing anything under it. I like it though!

Navy Twill Hollyburn

The only change I made from the first skirt (and the pattern itself) was to put in a lapped zipper. I don’t think invisible zippers are strong enough for this sort of fabric, so I like to go lapped in that case. The zipper goes all the way to the top of the skirt, and then the waistband is finished at the top with a hook and eye closure. I should have taken a picture, but, I didn’t (I actually did try, but it was already late and every photo ended up super dark and grainy). You’ll just have to trust me on this one πŸ™‚

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Although I didn’t take these photos on the same day I wore this outfit, I decided to repeat the overall look because I think it works really well – and why mess with a good thing, you know? Seriously, I think this combination of Nettie+Hollyburn is probably going to end up being a sort of summer uniform for me. It’s just sooo good and EXACTLY what I like to wear.

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Speaking of Nettie, I did want to show y’all one downside to the scooped back version – it ain’t bra friendly, at least not on me! Of course, my particular top has a few things going against it that probably keep the scoop back from providing full coverage behind the shoulders. For one, I cut this a size smaller than I should have (this was during testing; the sizing issue has since been fixed). I also used a thick pontie-ish knit that doesn’t have a lot of stretch, which means it doesn’t stretch at key points – such as to cover a bra strap. A prior Nettie in a lighter/stretchier knit (which I’m sure will turn up at some point on this blog, ha) doesn’t have quite as much bra-showing. So, something to keep in mind, again, with fabric playing a huge role in how a finished garment looks!

I also realized after making this that I don’t really like the way the scoop back looks on my body. I’ll continue to wear this Nettie because, dammit, I love this fabric!, but future makes will probably stick with being high back.

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Also, in case you were wondering, those shoes are Fergalicious brand. Yes, I know. lol forever. They’re really cute, though – and surprisingly comfortable (says the girl who hates wearing heels. Flats 4life).

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Landon took these photos, by the way! He’s such a good sport – and I’m 99% sure he offered to do these because I told him we would go for a run after, and my solo ~photoshoots~ (if you can even call them that; I mean, let’s be real – no one comes to this blog to look at pretty photos or whatever) take about 3x as long haha.

Also: outtakes!

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Navy Twill Hollyburn

Ok, so these aren’t that great… but I’ve been saving some of my better outtakes from MMM (as Landon has been taking most of my pictures for that, too, bless him), which I am going to subject all of you to at the end of the month. Well, there’s two of them, and they both involve Amelia being pissed, ha!

Navy Twill Hollyburn

I guess that’s it! What are your thoughts on Hollyburn now? Are you camp swingy or camp structured?


48 Responses to “Completed: A Solid, Structured Hollyburn”

  1. Sofie May 19, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    Nice skirt, great bodysuit. Love it. I really want your shoes though!

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Aren’t they fun? I bought them in the dead of winter last year (earlier this year? Don’t remember haha) for like $25! Woohoo for buying shit off-season!

  2. Bethy May 19, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    I’m pretty sure I’m camp “I want one of each too!”

  3. Lissa May 19, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I’m with Bethy! Yes, please! Great job on the skirt… I think it’s a really attractive silhouette on you.

  4. hayley May 19, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    I’m camp structured, but I definitely like both!

    You seem to love Sewaholic patterns (and I love the company and blog but haven’t tried a pattern as I’m not a pear). Do you consider yourself a pear (if you don’t mind my asking)? And if not, do you find many pattern alterations are required? Thanks.

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      I’m not a true pear shape – I think my bust is slightly bigger than the pear proportions. But a pear shape is essentially the same on the bottom half as an hourglass shape (which is more of what I fit into), so stuff like skirts/pants from Sewaholic fit me perfectly. As far as tops, I actually haven’t had a problem getting my bust to fit – but I don’t have a super large bust to begin with, so there’s that. Most of the Sewaholic patterns are fitted in the waist and free through the hips (other than the Thurlow trousers, which I would definitely recommend for someone who has those proportions on their lower half), so they work for both pears and non pears πŸ™‚

      • hayley May 20, 2014 at 2:20 am #

        Thank you!

    • Laura May 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      I’m a larger hourglass type, and I haven’t had to do a FBA on Sewaholic, providing I pay attention to the finished measurements given. When I sewed the Pendrell I might have sewn the princess seams with only a 1/4″ seam allowance, but the princess seams let you make adjustments pretty easily. Patty the Snug Bug might have done a fitting run down of the Pendrell on her blog!~

  5. Kelly May 19, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    I like them both! It’s amazing how different fabrics make such distinct looks. How does the Hollyburn manage in the wind? I have a couple circle/half-circle skirts, and hardly ever wear them for fear of flashing the world…

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean – I feel the same way with my circle skirts HAHA! Hollyburn isn’t super full, so I’d feel pretty safe going out in the wind in one. If you look at last week’s Hollyburn, you can see the amount of swish in my twirl picture – I don’t think there’s enough to make it indecent if there’s a strong breeze πŸ™‚

  6. jenna (@KittyCatStevens) May 19, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    gotta say i’m in camp structured! as soon as i saw the first pic i knew i would make one for myself. yay– i think i found my second skirt to sew and my first zipper project. eep, we’ll see how that goes πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      You got this!! And you got ME if you need help ahaha πŸ™‚

  7. Maggie May 19, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I thought I was definitely in camp swingy but now I would say that I would be open to both. Such a cute outfitβ€” I love the two patterns together!

  8. Ruth May 19, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I made myself a denim Hollyburn that looks very similar to this a couple of months ago and it’s pretty much my favourite skirt now, and goes with everything so gets worn all the time!

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Ooh denim SUCH A GOOD IDEA. Ripping you off asap πŸ˜€ haha

  9. sallie May 19, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    love this look on you – the bodysuit + full skirt has been my go-to look as of late as well. I think both of your hollyburn skirts are fantastic! It’s always fun to see how fabric choice changes a pattern. I love structured, flared skirts on other people, but in my heart of hearts, I’ll always be in camp swingy for myself!

  10. Corinne May 19, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I’m in both camps – it just depends on the mood I’m in. πŸ™‚

  11. Heather Lou May 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m working on a post right now to explain how to widen the shoulders for just this reason. I don’t have bra strap issues so much (narrow back) but moving the scoop over a half inch would really help.

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Ooh, good to know! I’ll be keeping an eye out for that post πŸ™‚

  12. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs May 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Are the belt loops that come with the pattern that wide or did you make your own? I’ve never made the version with belt loops, but I love how wide yours are — defs going to put some in my next version. The twill is super nice-looking, btw. I am definitely going to get some the next time I order from Mood. Good twill is tough to find!

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Nope, those are the belt loops from the pattern! I love how wide they are, feels extra classy for some reason haha πŸ™‚ And yeah, that twill is awesome! 100% Lauren approved πŸ™‚

      • StaceyMade May 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

        How do you get the loops to look so perfect? Belt loops always look wonky and cheap when I make them! Also πŸ˜€ for outtakes

        • StaceyMade May 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

          LMAO ignore above request, helps if i remember I’ve already asked this and got an answer hehehe πŸ˜€

  13. SeeKatSew May 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    I think I am camp swingytured because I love both on you. I really have to get that fabric for that skirt that really is a perfect outfit. If you are not digging the circle skirts right now, have you thought about the Chardon skirt from Deer and Doe? I just made one and ran out to get more fabric for a second one. Now I have to get more fabric for another Hollyburn skirt thanks to you !! Sad bank account happy me.

    • LLADYBIRD May 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      I have wanted to try that pattern!! I was going to buy myself a copy as a birthday gift, but then I went to the yarn store and dropped a wad of cash on wool instead πŸ™‚ haha! Maybe next paycheck πŸ™‚ It’s definitely on my radar, though!

    • Andrea McDowell May 20, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      I’ve made two Chardons and love them both, with fabric ready for a third. The pleats give it just the right amount of bell-ness, especially in a stiffer fabric, don’t they? (I know you weren’t asking for my opinion but I had to put in a good word for the Chardon as it’s one of my favourite patterns!)

  14. Anonymous May 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Both! I love how the fabric can change the shape of the skirt. I didn’t consider the Hollyburn pattern before, but you’re making me rethink it! Man, I need to make the nettie too because I hate how my shirt bunched up after a while.

    • thenerdyseamstress May 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      That comment is from me, Kathy from the nerdy seamstress. I’m not exactly sure why it says anonymous.

  15. Jo May 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I’m in camp swingy AND in camp structured! I made a hollyburn from a lightweight corduroy and worried it wouldn’t drape well enough, but I actually love it! It’s navy too… pattern twiiiins! (Haha). Yours looks great! I can’t wait to try a super drapey hollyburn too. I love when you sew basics, it’s not boring at all πŸ™‚

  16. faye May 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I’m camp structured! Love it with the narrow red belt πŸ™‚

    Faye |

  17. missjoiedevivre May 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m generally in camp swingy but you wear this so well I could be converted! It looks great!

  18. Lisa May 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    That skirt is cuuuuute. And I need to get my hands on some of those Fergie shoes, this whole outfit is adorable. Bring on the summer! πŸ˜€

  19. Kelly May 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I think I prefer the structured one, if only because it allows you to see the gorgeous shape of the skirt better. I’m into structured skirts right now – I wear my denim Kelly all the time, and on Saturday bought 3 different kinds of denim to make more skirts with πŸ™‚ Like you said in your last post on it, I’d kind of passed up Hollyburn, given that I have a couple of similar-ish patterns, but I like it more and more now. FWIW, I think the scoop back looks great on you.

  20. Basya May 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    The Hollyburn was my first skirt pattern. Easy. I love it. So much so, I gave the one I had to a friend (she loves it now) and bought myself a brand new one.

    I never thought to make it in a drapey fabric. Now, I might just have to. What do you think of silk jersey? I’m hitting up Mood in a few weeks:)

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      I’d save the silk jersey for something that requires stretch, and make this pattern out of something more stable. Silk crepe would be AMAZING. Or, ooh, get some of that silk chiffon in a crazy print and drop in a solid silk lining, omg ❀

      Also, pls take me to Mood with you.

  21. lisa g May 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    i love this skirt! so cute *and* practical! i’ve been looking for a nice navy linen to make something similar. i just picked up the lonsdale dress, so i think i’ll borrow those skirt pieces and shorten the length…

  22. Lucy May 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    I have to admit, the Hollyburn left me cold when it first came out. But I have seen so many nice versions of it, styled so well, that I’ve definitely warmed to it. Though since I’ve banned myself from buying any patterns, I’ll just use my Lonsdale skirt – they’re similar enough, I think. It looks really practical – and I can just see it made in something nice and heavy for our upcoming winter.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Yep, I think the Lonsdale and Hollyburn have the same skirt pattern haha! DO IT!

  23. Elle May 20, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Team swishy for me, but the structured look is AMAZING on you…it’s all about personal style, I think. I’ve been eyeing up those organic twills for some time now as they seem the perfect bottomweight. Glad to hear they’re so nice!

  24. weefrills May 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Love the whole outift!

  25. charityshopchic May 24, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Ah you look great in red, white and blue!

  26. Birgit May 24, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I really like it!


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