I made a new pattern!
It’s always difficult to choose which pattern to make up next, and last week I decided to try out Sewaholic’s Hollyburn skirt. The pattern envelope back says “flared skirts in three lengths have front slash pockets and centre back zipper closure.” I read on Tasia’s blog that the pattern is basically the bottom half of a Sewaholic Lonsdale dress, which I made up last year, so I assumed it would be a fairly simple project to tackle without many problems.
Believe it or not, I still ran into problems, but I tried not to stress over them too much.
With a new pattern, in addition to fitting a muslin, I always like to make the first version out of a fabric that doesn’t have too much sentimental value. I believe this particular fabric came from FabricMart.com as a free bonus that came with an order I placed last year. I couldn’t tell you what it’s made of, although I’m positive it’s a synthetic something-or-other. Rayon or polyester..? Anyway, it’s a light fabric, and very crisp, so I thought it would be perfect for a flared skirt, and would have lots of body in the hem.
Well…. lesson learned. I made up the skirt, spent lots of time on an invisible hem, and pinned it on my dress form to admire before I realized that the hem was definitely droopy. I thought… maybe I’m just tired from working on it for so long, and if I leave it overnight, I’ll look at it in the morning with a different eye. Didn’t happen – still looked just as droopy the next morning.
I first read about horsehair braid hems on Gertie’s website a couple of weeks ago, when she posted about this dress, and decided that this would be the perfect solution. I went out and bought some pretty cheap horsehair braid from Hancock Fabrics, and gave it a go. I thought the horsehair braid hem would be super-complicated, but it was actually very easy!! And it made the skirt look very professional. :) What do you think? Definitely adds some flair to the skirt.
In the end, I’m happy with the results. I paired the skirt with a black and white striped top for these photos, which gives it a very Audrey Hepburn look to it. Here are some shots of the swoosh test:
Blanca and Canela supervised the entire photo shoot. Either they’re really interested in what I’m doing, or it was past their dinnertime (at 3:45pm). ;)
Hope you all have a lovely week!
xoxo ~ Amanda