Hollyburn Awesome-ness

When Rachel of My Messings announced she was doing a sewalong for the new Hollyburn skirt pattern from Sewaholic I knew I to be in on it.  Not only do I love the pattern, but it was a good opportunity to support a fellow Aussie.

This pattern is just adorable and I was drawn to the retro appeal of the style.  Oddly I have never tried this style before, but now I do believe I am converted!


On the left is how I wore this to a meeting in the morning and in the afternoon I changed it to a more casual look. I can totally see me wearing this in winter too with tights, boots and a jumper. What a brilliantly versatile pattern!

I cut the size 14 for my waist measurement, and view C (the shortest one). The only change I made to the pattern was the pockets, insired by many patterns from the 40s and by Tasha’s skirt, I went for a turned down patch pocket with covered button instead of the set in ones on the pattern.  My pockets don’t have the removable flap like Tasha’s, they are a simple turned over rectangle. If anyone would like me to put up a tutorial on how I achieved these, let me know in the comments and I will write one up.


Ok the back is pretty wrinkly because I made this out of cotton twill, whilst super cool and a good drape, creases like nothing else. In saying that, I had been sitting in it at work for a couple of hours, so some wrinkling is to be expected, they do seem to drop out when I have been standing a while.

I would love to make this with a really nice drapey wool crepe, I think it would be divine for winter.


I am really happy with the pattern and my thanks go out to Rachel, her sewalong was full of loads of great information, inspiration and tips.  Whilst I didn’t actually sewalong as such, I still read all the posts with great interest, it is great to see how others construct garments and there are always tips to be learned!

Quick info:
Skirt: made by me, Hollyburn pattern
Fabric: Cotton Twill
Notions: Lapped zipper & 2 covered buttons
Did any of you participate in the sewalong?  Did you like the pattern as much as I did?

32 thoughts on “Hollyburn Awesome-ness

  1. I love the colour you chose, I can definitely see this as an easy skirt to go from summer to winter. Your pockets look great, very 1940s and it relly changes up the whole look of this skirt! I was lucky to pattern test this one and I wasn't sure about the style on me at first but now I love my Hollyburn skirt too 🙂

  2. This is really nice. I'm not sure I would have been that excited by the pattern picture, but your version has me converted, and this is now on my wish list – this is why I love blogs! I particularly love the colour you've chosen and those pockets. I'm sure I could work the pockets out, but if you are happy to do a tutorial, I'd be grateful (it would probably save me a lot of frustration!):)

  3. Great skirt! Love your variation of the pockets – you are on my reader list now, so I'll be sure to tune in when you do the pocket tutorial. Thank you!

  4. Love your Hollyburn and the pocket details look great! Rachel sure did do a great job with this sewalong and share quite a few good tips with us along the way. I'm really pleased with how my skirt came out and it was the first sewalong that I was patient enough to sewalong with and not scoot ahead LOL

  5. Thank you – I have to admit I wasn't great at following along, but I did read all the posts and followed in my own way! I waited until after all the posts and then made it in an afternoon!

  6. Love the skirt Lizzie! Great pockets and fantastic colour.I participated in the Hollyburn sewalong and really enjoyed it. I also started after all the posts were up. I sewed the skirt over a about a week. Rachel's posts were fantastic. The Hollyburn pattern is fantastic. I think I'll make a shorter version next time. I used a cotton drill fabric on my last Hollyburn skirt and I like the weightiness of it.

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