Sunday, 30 June 2013

Winter wardrobe extension

Now that winter is well upon us, I have been getting into sorting my wardrobe out and finishing some basics so I can get on with the fun stuff. Sometimes the basic cake makes are just as rewarding as the frosting, and in the cast of these two skirts they are a welcome addition to extend my winter options.

Version 1 of the Sewaholic Hollyburn blogged here gets worn often and I find this shape skirt goes with almost everything I have, it was almost inevitable that I would make this pattern again.

For version 2 I had some lovely double wool crepe that I bought on Goldhawk Road for £6/m - a total steal! Knowing this would only be a winter wear, I lined the skirt to stop it sticking to my tights. The heavier fabric makes it hang differently, it sticks out a bit more than my other one, but I don't mind, and it is super warm to wear. I made the version with the waist tabs and finished them with a couple of vintage buttons from my recently bought stash .  Sorry forgot the close up, but they are cream with a black spiral on them.


For version 2 I used the same patch pocket variation as my first version (tutorial this week I promise), the fabric is a chocolate brown gabardine and is unlined. I wore this all day today and had no sticky tights issue, so yay for gabardine!


I did have one issue changing out of it this evening, the stupid invisible zip broke and I had to unpick myself out of it!!  This is not the first time I have had issues with an invisible zip, I am tempted to not use them ever again.  I don't have any issues with a lapped zipper, they never seem to break and seem to always insert with no issues.


I really like this pattern (obviously having made three) and think I will make it up in a patterned fabric next time- do you know I don't have any patterned skirts??

On my work table now:
- a dress in need of hemming, but I need to find someone to help me, it's too uneven (circle skirt) and needs serious attention (anyone local able to offer assistance?? Marjorie, Erin??)
- a dress my sewing machine hates - all it needs it hemming, but the stitches keep skipping with this fabric
- another Papercut Coppelia cardigan - so far going well

Don't you just hate when things don't go as planned??


  1. Great skirts Liz and I would be more than happy to help you hem. I will dig out my ancient Burda hemming contraption which is wonderful for uneven hems.

  2. Your skirts look lovely, and Hollyburn is a great pattern. That said, I don't have it because I thought it was very similar to Victory Patterns Madeleine skirt, and I've made three of those! Good luck with the hemming.

  3. Your winter skirts look fab! The style really suits you and I do like your shoes too (particularly those in the second photo!).

  4. Love your skirts , so pretty.. Sorry about your zipper. I too, have found that the invisible zippers break much easier.. Not sure why?
    Happy sewing.

  5. All skirts look fantastic - a definite winner in style for you! And the zipper issue is a real problem for many people, the old lapped ones do seem to be a little sturdier for everyday use, also not sure why this is...

  6. The skirts look great! I break and jam zippers fairly often, always have done, and I'm not sure why. I find non-invisible zippers are the best bet (although not guaranteed) and now I generally hand-sew them in for easier unpicking when I break it. I opted for hand-sewing after breaking two new zippers (not invisible ones either) in rapid succession on the same pair of pants. They're a loose pair of pants too, so it wasn't a fitting problem.

  7. I am loving these work wear Hollyburns! I need to make one for myself- epic epic makes!

    1. You totally need to make this pattern, it is super easy and a quick make too. Since only the waistband has to fit there are not loads of fitting issues!

  8. OK, I have a headache now from trying to drag my eyes away from those amazing shoes to look at the skirt! Cruel you for doing that to me.

    1. Thanks, they are from an Australian company Django & Juliette - check them out!