Completed: Polka Dot Denim Hollyburn Skirt

23 Mar

Hey y’all! I just got back from a fabulous weekend in New York – in addition to teaching a very successful Weekend Pants-Making Intensive at WORKROOM SOCIAL (seriously, my students were total rockstars and sooo much fun to chat and hang out with!), I also managed to take in a pretty good fabric haul. It was a very fun, very delicious weekend in the city, but I gotta say – I’m so happy to be home, back in the lovely 75* weather. Oh, Tennessee, how I have missed you! Today, we celebrate with my new favorite skirt, which is perfect for wearing with bare legs. Yay, no tights!

Denim Hollyburn skirt

I figured it was time to revisit the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt, so here she is! I’ll confess that I actually finished this skirt a few weeks ago, but I haven’t actually worn it until the same day these photos were taken. It’s just been too dang cold here to wear skirts with bare legs, and I was bound and determined to wear the skirt without tights. Now that the season of bare legs is starting to creep in (watch, I bet I just jinxed it with that announcement), imma wear dis shit with PRIDE and JOY.

Also, you’ll notice in about half these pictures that the sun was sooo bright, I could barely hold my eyes open. Ain’t complaining.

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Anyway, right, Hollyburn! I love this pattern so so much (see previous versions: one and two), so naturally I had to make a new version for 2015. This skirt pattern is probably my favorite, at least for right now – nice flared shape (without being so flared that it looks costumey), separate waistband with belt loops, back zip, and those wonderful pockets. I think it’s a great, solid wardrobe basic, so it made sense to add a couple more to my summer wardrobe.

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Denim Hollyburn skirt

For this version, I changed up just a couple minor things – just enough to warrant a whole blog post about it (JK I’d post about this anyway because IT’S MY BLOG AND I DO WHAT I WANT lolz). The fabric I used is a medium weight stretch denim that is printed with thousands of tiny polka dots – if it looks familiar, it’s because I made a pair of Jamie jeans with it. I LOVE putting my leftover yardages to good use, and I really really loved this fabric, so double win! Since the fabric is a stretch denim, I changed up the cutting layout just a little and cut the waistband so the stretch ran the entire long length (aka, around my body when I’m wearing it). The waistband needs to be interfaced, so I used a fusible tricot interfacing, which gave the waistband a little bit of structure but didn’t compromise the stretch.

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Also, I wanted this spotted baby to be pretty short, so I cut a few inches off the length. Yeah buddy!

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Good thing I don’t work in an office anymore, because I could not see this length (or lack thereof) being suitable for work! Ha! But isn’t it cute? The structure of the fabric really works well with the shape, which is extra exaggerated the shorter it gets.

There’s not much else to say about this skirt, so have some flat shots:

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Denim Hollyburn skirt

Construction was plain and straight forward – all seams were serged and pressed open, and there’s a bit of topstitching at the hem and waistband (not that you can really see it against this fabric, but, know it’s there). And, I gotta say, I’m super pleased with how nicely that invisible zipper went in. Look at that beautiful seam match and the sharp corners at the top!

Denim Hollyburn skirt

I’ve been meaning to remake a new denim skirt for AGES (sadly, my Kelly and Hummingbird are both way too big at this point, and have thus been passed on to eager friends with grabby hands), as it’s a good wardrobe basic to have that goes with pretty much everything. Actually, prepare for me to sound like a broken record for the next few months because that’s where a lot of my sewing is headed – no, not more denim skirts, just more wearable basics to replace the pieces I had that don’t fit anymore and/or are due to retire. And maybe more denim skirts. I can’t make any promises here. I actually just bought a great yellow denim at Mood this past weekend, so you can at least expect a sunshine Hollyburn in the future πŸ˜‰ yay for summer clothes and summer colors!

Oh, and in case you were wondering – my Merchant and Mills tshirt is from Uniqlo! You’ve no doubt already seen these aaaaall over Instagram, but I thought I’d point it out because we don’t have a store here and I didn’t even realize you could buy that shit online. You can see the entire collection of available goods here – and, ugh, now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t see those tote bags! Oh well! I bought 2 tshirts – which, considering that I don’t buy new clothes anymore (except for underwear, and a new pair of jeans in both 2013 & 2014), is a bit of a big step for me. I feel very strongly about fast fashion and knowing where my clothes come from and aaall that good stuff, however, I also tend to see things as very black and white with no grey area and I’m trying to get past that mental hurdle. Sometimes, you just gotta choose your battles and know when to compromise. Two little tshirts don’t make me a terrible consumer, especially since it’s not like I plan on dumping these when the season ends. For the most part, I try to shop locally and ethically, and be aware of where my food and goods come from. But every now and then, you just want to buy something mass produced from China. At the very least, at least it’s supporting (or advertising)Β Merchant and Mills, I guess, which makes me feel a bit better.

Anyway, that’s about it! I’ll be packing and moving for the rest of the week, and hopefully by this time next week I’ll be settling into my new house IN THE WOODS. Cannot wait! πŸ˜€


36 Responses to “Completed: Polka Dot Denim Hollyburn Skirt”

  1. Katie March 24, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    I totally agree with your ethical stand on fast fashion but i want to know what about where your fabric comes from?
    In Australia fabric is quite expensive from most places and then the big chain store we have I’m sure their fabric has dubious origins also dubious quality.

    • LLADYBIRD March 24, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      I try to source fabric from ethical companies (or at least origins where the workers are treated and paid fairly, such as the US), but there are definitely plenty of pieces in my stash that I’ve no idea their origins. What little research I’ve done suggests that the clothing production is the more of the two evils (a lot of fabric production can be automated, vs clothing is all made by a human), so that does make me feel better. At the end of the day, though, there’s only so much you can do. You have to pick your battles or you’ll kill yourself trying to do everything at once. My battles are clothing production and the treatment of whatever animals I’m consuming.

      • Veronica Darling (@veronicadarling) April 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

        I’m with you on all this… I love your stance on these issues on fast fashion… I feel the same. And yes, you have to pick your battles because it’s endless and you can go bananas. We just moved to China, and now it’s another huge open bag of ‘unknown origins’!

        I didn’t know about the Merchant & Mills Uniqlo range, and it looks SO cute! A couple of store bought items won’t get you off track… I fell off my DIY bandwagon with moving/having a baby, and felt bad for a while, but realistically… for 10 years I’ve made my own clothes & thrifted my wardrobe… so I’m fine with that!

  2. carlalissa March 24, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Hey Lauren!!! I am glad you made it safe and sound back to Tennessee. Love the skirt and the t-shirt!!!

    • LLADYBIRD March 24, 2015 at 8:40 am #

      Thank you!! It was so fun getting to hang with you this weekend πŸ˜€

      • carlalissa March 24, 2015 at 8:42 am #

        Same here…we still have more gossip, oops; more to talk about hehehe

  3. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs March 24, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    Twins! I made a navy-with-white-polka-dots Hollyburn this past weekend! I am still deep in love with that pattern. (Lolz, I’m wearing a grey corduroy one right now!) As a side note, I am so jealous of your belt collection. I am nigh incapable of finding cute belts. And you probably buy them at your fabulous flea market, don’t you?

    • LLADYBIRD March 24, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Ha! I’m wearing my paisley Hollyburn right now as well! We are TOTAL twins, I love it!! Also, girl, I get all my belts at the thrift store! Goodwill tends to have the best selection and they’re $1-$2 apiece. I’ve bought a few belts at my flea market, but most of the really awesome ones are thrifted πŸ˜‰

  4. Aj Ylizaliturri (@smaktcat) March 24, 2015 at 10:27 am #


  5. vaxtorino March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    I’m glad you made it back okay, this weekend was AMAZING! You didn’t have to move your fabric for any more old people, did you?
    I also realize it would totally go against the Merchant and Mills aesthetic but I feel like they missed a good opportunity for a “mind your beeswax” shirt (I still need to buy like all of what they have)

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      Haha, nope! No more old people vs fabric for the rest of the weekend haha πŸ™‚

      Also, I totally agree with your proposed slogan and now I kind of want to make one of those tshirts for myself πŸ˜€

      • vaxtorino March 26, 2015 at 9:24 am #

        I forgot to mention that we went to Marietta and it was SO GOOD, I told the waitress that you said their steak was really good and she said “oh my god I know it’s the best.” My friend also loved that their restroom had a giant chicken on the door.

        • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 9:33 am #

          I know, it as really good! Major props to Jennifer for suggesting it! And yesss the giant chicken on the door made me so happy! πŸ˜€

  6. Caroline Joynson March 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Super cute skirt Lauren x

  7. Erika March 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I love that you so basics! really making me want to do so myself. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      You should! Basics is the best kind of sewing because you can wear them every day πŸ˜‰

  8. Katy March 25, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Ahhh I LOVE this Hollyburn. Makes me really want to make my own!

  9. Kelly March 25, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    Ahh I recognise that fabric! I want to be back in Paris! Lovely skirt, I love Hollyburn, I need to get on and make the many I have planned! I loveeeee the Uniqlo Merchant and Mills T-shirts (they have finally found a way to sell clothes to people who prefer to make them!) – I may have indulged in a couple of T-shirts and the sweater with the scissors all over it (my hairdresser was jealous of it!), but those tote bags don’t seem to be available over here – shame! Good luck with the move!

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      Meeee too! I miss our swanky Paris pad and I miss trolling the streets with you ladies! (although I think next time we should go when the weather is warmer πŸ˜‰ silk sundresses strolling through Paris, ooh la la! haha).

  10. *Sew and Smile* March 25, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Love this! this skirt looks so fun! πŸ™‚ and the sewing as spectacular of course..

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      It’s pretty fun to wear! I feel fancy haha πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  11. Kyema March 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Lauren, you make this all look so easy! I’m so excited to take lessons with you, and I just so happen to own this pattern, too!

    /Sew all the Sewaholic:)

    I’ve wanted to make some new work clothes, I think the standard length would be perfect. Anyway, it looks awesome on you! Very vintage and cute. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      It *is* easy! Especially when you’re sewing Sewaholic patterns, I think πŸ˜‰ I’m so excited to sew with you; I think we are going to have a lot of fun πŸ˜€

  12. RenΓ©e March 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Great skirt. The polka dot denim looks like a great staple. Perfect with pops of red. I’ve just fallen for the hollyburn so I’ll have to keep my eyes out for some denim.
    As for buying a t-shirt, it’s great to be mindful of how we consume things but also not feel awful about the times we make an exception.

    • LLADYBIRD March 27, 2015 at 7:23 am #

      I agree! I think the main thing is to just be aware of the impact of our purchases, and try to shop wisely whenever possible/affordable.

  13. Candace March 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Love the Merchant & Mills t-shirt, I spotted the collection online at Uniqlo. I also don’t have a store close to me, though I’ve been to the SF store several times. Can you tell me what size you ordered. Little to no reviews on the website. I know it’s 100% cotton. I’m not sure if I should order a small according to the size chart or go with a med because it could shrink, any advice? Most of the items at Uniqlo run big from my experience. Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD March 27, 2015 at 7:25 am #

      I bought the XS, and I took it in at the waist because it was a bit big (just a quick whip through my serger; I’ve been doing this to RTW tshirts since I learned how to sew. Actually, it’s the reason why I learned how to sew! Ha!). I have washed both shirts and have not noticed any shrinking. I’d say go with the smaller size, but if you’re concerned about it being *too* small, you could always get the medium and just take in the sides if you feel like it’s big πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

      • Candace March 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

        Thanks for the info, love your blog! I missed your review of the last new Vogue patterns, your comments are hilarious (I hope you start up the reviews again) I’ve done the same things with t-shirts which seem to vary so much in size. I noticed the bags also, so cute and I would have missed them had you not mentioned them. Might have to order one of those. I did look on the actual Merchant & Mills website and then searched for US websites that carry the products from England. Fell in love with the “oil skin bag kit” sold through http://www.the saturdaymarketproject. Love all thing Merchant & Mills πŸ˜‰

        • Candace March 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

          Update: this weeks promotion at Uniqlo: Merchant & Mills t-shirts on sale for $10 and sweatshirts for 19.90 + shipping.

          • LLADYBIRD March 31, 2015 at 8:19 am #

            Ohhh, that’s an awesome sale! Almost makes me wish I’d waited to get mine for cheaper – but I’ve enjoyed wearing them these past few weeks, so I ain’t too mad πŸ™‚

  14. IZABEL April 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    TrΓ¨s jolie cette petite jupe en forme ,j’aime beaucoup le tissu Γ  petits pois


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