So I know it's not really a secret and people have been doing this for ages, but I haven't. Did you know you can go somewhere sunny in the middle of the winter? Quite something. Vancouver is notoriously rainy and is especially grey and wet in the winter. It was pretty mind-blowing to spend 3 weeks in February/March in 35 degree (Celsius). Here I am with an unfortunate sunburn and sand on my legs.
I started making this skirt in August and didn't complete until September when fall had arrived and it was no longer seasonally appropriate. I packed it up for next summer but realized that I would get to wear it early on our vacation. Here I am in South Africa on a beautiful beach called Strand. It was the last day of our trip and everything had that empty slow feeling that the end of vacation has. This was an impromptu stop over before going to one last family dinner. The beach smelled a bit like urine and cigarette smoke and felt a bit desolate after the end of the summer tourist season but it was very pretty and ice cream was cheap.
This is the Hollyburn Skirt from Sewaholic Patterns. My love for Sewaholic patterns is undying. It's so awesome to have patterns drafted to fit and suit a pear shape figure. This is the shortest view without any details like belt loops and button tabs as I thought I like less fuss when it is really hot. It went together very easily following the instructions. I had to ease the skirt into the waist band a bit as I guess it stretched out a bit during construction but it was fine. The shape and style of this skirt suit my preference to wear things fitted at my natural waist. The pockets are a detail that are handy but I also think they make the skirt look a little more polished and less handmade.
The fabric is a purple chambray I bought to make a Hawthorn dress but then decided that I was in need of some seperates so I actually made this same skirt twice in different lengths in the same fabric. That might seem nuts but I loved the first one so much I wanted a second. My first version was a mid length that I wear to work. Everything I wear to work ends up in a bin to prevent bed bugs at home so I have two very distinct wardrobes that do not mingle so it feels normal to me to have two versions.
I decided to put in a bit of extra effort and so I hand catch stitched the hem instead of my usual lazy method of machine sewing it. It took a bit of TV watching but I think it makes the skirt look a lot better and was definitely worth the extra time and effort. There's probably a life lesson in there somewhere.
You can see my almost invisible stitches above. A slightly lighter thread would have helped with this.
Seams finished with my serger *swoon* and my messy hand stitched hem.
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