This is my second Hollyburn skirt (the first remains unblogged, as of yet). Apparently I've gotten rusty when it comes to garment sewing because this thing just killed. I started cutting this skirt out right after Halloween. I cut one back piece with the grain running vertically instead of on the diagonal *facepalm* and was so disgusted with myself I had to shove it out of sight until after Christmas. Of course, I had other, more Christmassy things to be working on at that point, so that was just as well. It's easier to face the epic quilt of Christmas when you've just failed at a skirt. Cuz, duh, if you fail at a skirt then why are you sewing dumbass? Obviously because I can't take a hint. But what else is new?
I pulled it back out New Year's Day, determined to either make it or trash it. I went ahead and cut the other back piece the same way. It actually turned out to be just fine... I'm not sure that it's detrimental in any way. I think it actually looks better than my first Hollyburn. I won't go so far as to attribute that completely to my "design feature" though.
My theory is that consistency is key. Consistency is what turns a mistake into a design feature. I kept the original grain lines for the fronts since I didn't know how the grain change would make things flow. An ugly skirt front is much more bothersome than an ugly skirt back. Speaking of which...
Zipper! One of my sewing goals in the coming year is to figure out zippers. I never can seem to install one without tears (and possibly the occasional blood and/or sweat). As a matter of fact, the only reason this one looks passable is that my thread really is that great of a match. In truth I had to rip out about an inch on one side because the zipper would.not.shut. At all. Ahem, I have a problem of sewing too close to the zipper teeth and then, obviously, the zipper pull can't move :(
|I will explain why my kitchen looks like this very soon...|
|Awesomely large pockets!|
|My pretty handstitched hem... and not so pretty zigzagged SAs|
As it turns out, I love this skirt. Having the center back on the straight of grain made it waaay easier to put in the zipper without weird ruffliness at the edges. A plight that, sadly, my first Hollyburn skirt suffers from. The whole zipper area on that one is kind of a clusterfuck as a matter of fact. Plus, I never got around to the hook and eye. Because, obviously, who has time for sewing on hooks and eyes? Oh wait! Apparently I do! (For this skirt anyway.)
End result: I love it! It's my new favorite skirt. I'm already eyeing all the pieces of fabric in my stash that might be suitable for Hollyburn skirts. Muuust haaave moooore! By the way, with all the supplies this skirt couldn't have cost more than $5 to make. Which is pretty exciting. I know that this post is about the least exciting garment on the planet (dark grey A line skirt anyone?) and it probably doesn't warrant as many photos as it got... but what can I say? I'm kind of excited about it.