Mustard Wool Hollyburn

Mustard Wool Hollyburn

Posted by Helen | March 14, 2016 | Into My Closet
Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet

I finally got around to making another Hollyburn!  You know when you finish a new project and you say “I am definitely going to make this again”, but then other projects take priority and you don’t get the chance to re-visit it right away?
This is almost always the case for me, and it is nice to come back around the Hollyburn because it was the first thing I made for the blog. 

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
For my previous Hollyburn, I made the longest view because I liked the dramatic look.  It rarely gets worn because it is so long, and I have been meaning to shorten it for a while now.  Knowing now that the longer length wasn’t quite right, I thought I’d try the medium length version.   I did not include the tabs in this version but I wish I had put on the belt loops.  Truthfully, I completely forgot until it was done!  

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
The fabric I used here is a lovely mustard wool, with some subtle rust and turquoise lines running through it in a plaid pattern.  I fell for this fabric at first sight because of the colour and simple print.  I had been eyeing plaid ½ and ¼ circle skirts on pinterest, and I love the way the plaid pattern arcs over the garment when it is cut in the circle shape.  For this reason, I opted to eliminate the center front and back seam from the skirt  Without the center seams, the plaid pattern can flow across the skirt they way I envisioned.  On either side, I was able to pattern match it somewhat so it looks pretty fluid.
Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
Because I eliminated the center back seam,. I had to move the zipper to the side and put in an invisible zip.  I was concerned it would be bulky with the pocket getting in the way, but it worked out totally fine.   Somehow my waistband got a little wonky, but I’m going to let it be – at least the invisible zipper insertion went well 🙂

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
I love the easy construction of the Hollyburn, with it’s one-piece pockets and straight waistband.  It took me 2.5 hours to sew this skirt after cutting, which is pretty quick considering how long it takes to hem a ½ circle (I always forget this!).  For the hem I used a contrasting bias tape and folded it under.  This is my favorite thing to do with skirts, so you get the little peep of colour underneath.  I finished the pockets and one side seam using french seams.  For the zipper side seam I strategically cut the front and back pieces right along the selvage so I could use it for the seam. Wool selvage is so pretty, don’t you think?

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet
Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet

Needless to say, this skirt is a classic and I am so happy I got to make it again!   I would like to try the shortest version next, with the belt loops this time.  Maybe in a nice tencel denim for Spring – a little bird told me BlackBird Fabrics is getting more of this in stock soon, yay!  

Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet Wool Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt by Helen's Closet

Final Stats:

Total project time:  Approximately 2.5 hours, not including cutting pattern and fabric.

Fabric: 1.5 meters of wool

Pattern: Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt – View B, Size 14

Adjustments: Eliminated center front and back seams, moved zipper to the side and forgot to add the tabs.

Top is also me-made, it is the same as this flamingo top here. Check it out for more details!

 

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Your skirt is so beautiful. I adore that fabric. I might have to snag some when it is back in stock. Lovely!

Thank you, Andie!

I love half circle skirts! Your is gorgeous and that fabric is definitely envy-worthy 🙂 I love the pictures in the rain!

Thank you Anya! The rain was actually really fun 🙂

They are so fun to wear 🙂 Thank you, Anya!

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