Saturday, February 9, 2013

Amanda vs The Hollyburn Skirt

They always say that a good crafter should not blame their tools but themselves if something goes awry. Well here's the rub- I'm not a good crafter, I'm a sassy one. So when my first attempt at making a Hollyburn skirt failed epically I so blamed the corduroy that I used as a the problem. I mean, hello, that sucker just wasn't draping. Sure, it was my fault for picking it but really I feel the cord should have tried harder to drape when it was sewed up to make me happy. So attempt number one was filed away into hot mess territory and I had a second bash at making a Hollyburn but this time in a drapey fabric. And check me and my bad self out because this one is totes a winner!


Yup. That's a one way ticket to drape city! So let's take a moment to process the fact that I made something without a print. I know. This be cray-cray. Amanda without printed fabric is like a schnitzel without mushroom sauce or my phone without 5,274 pictures of my dogs. I'm not going to lie- this actually challenged me quite a bit. I felt extra pressure from myself to make sure everything lined up perfectly because there was no print to hide behind. And even more challenging was the addition of piping. For some reason the idea of piping a make has been terrifying me for ages so I was rather surprised with how stress free it was and also how well it turned out. I mean, check out the piping match on the back of this skirt. Straight as a ruler but far more awesome and pipe-y...


One thing I do want to mention is that I was inspired to make this pattern from a sewalong being held by the always lovely maker of rad clothes and fabulous sorbet Rachel from My Messings. And because I am also a bit of a lazy time-efficent lady I am so using this as well as my double sewing dare as provided by the sassy Gillian from Crafting A Rainbow. Gillian totes threw down sewing in a block colour and also trying piping. Three birds, one stone- I'm calling this a win... But I'm hyper-competitive with myself so I say why stop the shenanigans there? It was time to go even nuttier so I added an epic striped bias binding to the hem and then spent a few lunch hours catch stitching that sucker down good. Thank god I had to finish this before Thursday otherwise who knows where I would have gone next... Bedazzled pockets, a Victorian bustle, propellor wings. You know, the usual.



So let's talk about what worked with this pattern:
  • The fit was nice and simple. Based on the adjustments I made with my Crescent Skirt I decided to trace the size down from what was suggested. And even with my ill fated corduroy make the skirt fit perfectly around the waist. It is super comfortable to sit in and the waistband lays flat when I'm standing. Win!
  • I love the flow and drape of the skirt (once it is not a hot mess of cord). I just want to spend the whole time spinning around... If only I had a montage to show this...


Oh yeah. I totes went Rocky on you but with the added bonus of Pterdactyl arms. Yup. I went twirling dinosaur montage just for y'all. I montage because I care.

So what I would change for next time:
  • I'd like to try the different lengths. I really like the look of the below the knee one for autumn/winter with tights and boots. Could be a winner.
  • Tabs. I felt like it could verge into to much craziness happening with this skirt if I had piping and tabs with buttons on them. Who knows, it could have been the right kind of crazy. Or just plain old hot mess. I'm thinking tabs and I are going to be BFFs when I make a patterned version of this.


This skirt is just super cute and adorable and I must admit to being a little unsure on how to rock it. I mean, wearing this makes me want to skip through fields of flowers, hug puppies and ride a unicorn or something. Actually, that gives me an idea... 


Miss Bimble approves of this outfit. She also approves of your reading this post and commenting on her adorableness. Miss Bimble may be a little vain and fluffy but who am I to question her...

84 comments:

sarah said...

"I'm not a good crafter, I'm a sassy one" is my favourite blog quote... ever! The skirt looks awesome. You always manage to make things that fit so well so I am guessing you are good at measuring at least?!

Top marks :)

Jacinta said...

Hello Drape Queen! I must admit I did fall off my chair when I saw this SOLID COLOUR SKIRT... like hello? what is she doing? ;)
Gorgeous as always, as well as the best read of the week. :)

Belinda said...

Loves it! The piping looks totally awesome!

Amanda said...

I hope there is a gold star in there too, Sarah! (such a teacher's pet!)

Amanda said...

You and me both, Jacinta! I'm having to have a little lie down to try and cope with the lack of print ;)

Amanda said...

Thanks, Bells! I so own piping now!

poppykettle said...

ayyyyy I love it! Maybe you should try the block colour thing more often Ms Pimble? It looks schmick!! My fav line - "I montage because I care". Hilarity ensues.

Judith said...

You and plain colours certainly go hand-in-hand! Have you stopped spinning yet???? ...J

Amanda said...

It's a scary scary world in block colour land but I am game to have another bash at it again. Perhaps. Polka dots count as a block colour, right Mel?!?!?

Amanda said...

Judith, I may have spent an inordinate amount of time spinning around this afternoon. So much so husband refused to take any more photos. Bah, what fun is he?!

House of Pinheiro said...

Ohh the colour, piping and draping makes it a total awesome skirt... Loooove it

Amanda said...

Thanks, Rach! I'm so happy with it. And I can't believe I made something in blue I like...

prttynpnk said...

This is fabulous! Spinnably fabulous! Do I need to buy another pattern for saucy sewin' summer?

Suzanne said...

So adorable! (The skirt and the dog).

Amanda said...

This pattern does spin one right round, Annie, right round. Like a record.... ;)

Amanda said...

Miss Bimble thanks you for your lovely compliment, Suzanne. She feels she is far more deserving of praise rather than the skirt...

Kat said...

Gorgeous! I love a twirly skirt. How rude that the cord wouldn't drape for you! Iran really, just drape, it's not that hard. I just got my sewing dare to make myself a dress and use the same material to make Imogen something. I am pretty excited about it! Oh and miss bimble = super cute!

Amanda said...

Such a lovely dare, Kat. I can't wait to see what loveliness you make for yourself and Imogen- I'm sure it will be rad! Miss Bimble sends her regards ;)

Vicki Kate said...

Miss Bimble, you are gorgeous! Amanda, you have made a gorgeous skirt that I want to steal from you!

Jamie said...

Oh Miss Bimble, you are just so adorable! Speaking of adorable, that skirt! So cute. My figure won't allow me to wear this style skirt (baby belly, ugh) but your version makes me want to go to yoga class and work on my abs. You know, so I can wear this skirt. ;)

gMarie said...

Anything Bimble Approved is a winner! Actually this skirt is super, super cute! Nice job. g

twistedyarns said...

Love the piping - well done! And I wouldn't mind seeing Miss Bimble's furry face more often, lol - she's adorable.

countrygirlcouture said...

LOVE!! The piping and that gorgeous shade of blue is just perfection. :-) See? Solid colors can be fun too! ;-)

Sabs said...

Miss Bimble sent me an email to say she wants an awesome matching Hollyburn too. But in red with black piping. She would've told you herself but she's having a diva moment after being featured on your/her blog...

punkmik said...

this is soooo cute! the piping is perfect! great make! love the twirling shots and the blue really suits you! looks like a winner!

gingermakes said...

Adorable! I love this on you! It's a great color, and the piping looks fab!

notchesnnotions said...

Lurve this Amanda! That piping is to die for. Well done you, a big virtual pat on the back to you!

Suzy said...

Looks great, love the contrast piping! I made this up in a linen awhile ago and thought it looked terrible on me but I think it's cos the fabric had no drape so might have to copy you and try it again in a lovely drapey fabric!

Amanda said...

Miss Bimble approves of your comment on her cuteness and I say say thank you very much, Vicki Kate! :D

Amanda said...

Jamie, you are a brave lady. Yoga scares the bejeezus out of me! Though this pattern is totes worth yoga fear!

Amanda said...

Thanks, G! I think Bimble got the the stylish gene in our family...

Amanda said...

Piping was not the terrifying monster of the depths I thought it would be, Koko! So super happy with how it turned out :D

Amanda said...

I'm still sceptical on solid colours, CG.... But I may give them another go ;)

Amanda said...

Miss Bimble can be such a diva,, Sabs! She wants a dressing room now filled with white roses and fancy dog treats. *sigh* What have I created?!?!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Kim! I'm so stoked with the piping- not as scary as I thought at all!

Amanda said...

Cheers, Sonja! I would not have thought the blue would appeal to me but it so has. Win!

Amanda said...

Merci, Miss Sarah! I'm really stoked with how this turned out. Now all I need is a picnic to wear it to!

Amanda said...

Lack of drape is totally evil, Suze! You need some flowy fabric STAT!

Chris Lucas said...

Your Hollyburn looks fabulous... love the piping detail. I love mine as well and really enjoyed Rachel's sewalong! Looks like two of us have accomplished a sewing dare this week. Mine was to make a pencil skirt... 1 down and now I'm making another as the lining turned into a skirt of it's own LOL.

Rebecca Wagner said...

Ahh very cute skirt!
Also in love with Miss Bimble.. I think her and Theo could make the cutest little babies ever..

Amanda said...

Check us and our bad selves out, Chris! I can't wait to see your dare!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Bec! And how cute would those puppies be?!

ShanniLoves said...

The color, the piping wow wee!! I'm hanging on in hopes to still see bedazzled pockets and propeller wings! I need to add more solid colors to my wardrobe. I can't get away from prints!!

Amanda said...

Embrace the prints, Shanni! It's what all the cool kids (read: me) wear ;)

Gillian said...

You've totaly inspired me! i found a couple metres of pale blue chambrey at the op shop recently, and I want to make a sundress from it when the time comes... but now I see: Of course it MUST have piping! I love how much energy and life it adds to the skirt. I'm so impressed with what you made!

Funkbunny said...

Piping! Seriously impressed. Great job. Love the colour of the skirt too.
Lovely to meet you 'in the flesh' on Sat.

Jenny said...

This skirt is AWESOME!!! I love how it looks on you - so cute! Great job :)

Yana said...

love your skirt! and that piping is just fab!

Amanda said...

You so need to pipe that chambray like a boss, Gillian! It will look EPIC!

Amanda said...

It was so lovely to meet you too, FB! We're totes epic Belladone twins!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Jen! I'm loving the feel of it!

Amanda said...

I'm totally starting a piping party and you should join, Yana ;)

Jacqueline Hickey said...

Great skirt, you are also very funny. I enjoyed the post.

Amanda said...

Thanks for popping by, Jacqueline! Glad you enjoyed the post :D

Angela said...

Love the piping! and the pterodactyl arms ;)

oonaballoona said...

"i montage because i care."

A TRUER STATEMENT WAS NEVER SAID.

you rock a solid.

soisewedthis said...

your posts kill me (in a good way).

"I feel the cord should have tried harder to drape when it was sewed up to make me happy"

uh, yeah, come on fabric, do your job!
…and miss bimble is totes adorbs

Amanda said...

Ka-kaw! That means thanks in pterodactyl, Angela!

Amanda said...

Why thank ye, Miss Oona!

seamrippedblog said...

Bimble! What a sweet little face.

Also, that skirt is perfection. Find a field of flowers and just go for it.

Amanda said...

I often feel fabric does not try hard enough to win my love... ;)

Amanda said...

I could so have a Sound of Music moment with I think, Charlotte! Much frolicking to be had :D

sapphicdresses said...

I so feel you on the wanting-everything-patterned business. But I think I need some plain coloured skirts to show off my fabulously patterned blouses.

shivani said...

get out! this is all kinds of fab. and just lookatchoo with the piping!

seriously though, I didn't think much of this skirt pattern until I saw yours. And now, all I want is an awesome blue Hollyburn with fabulous piping.

Mela R. said...

One of the very best versions I've seen of this skirt. The color and piping make it perfect!

Amanda said...

All the cool kids are in prints, Dani! Stay strong with the awesomeness!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Shivani! I'm so proud of the piping- it helps sass things up I think :)

Amanda said...

Merci, Miss Mela! I'm really smitten with the blue...

Symon said...

Very nice! :) I commend you on the piping - I haven't gone down that rabbit hole yet myself lol Nice choice of solid colour, too :) Tabs are a good idea but why not Bedazzle too? ;) lol

BusyLizzie said...

Beautiful, and great job on the piping! I did some piping recently but it was rubbish and a total wadder!! Stupid slippy satin piping, yep , I totally blame my tools too!

Amanda said...

I so need some bedazzling on this skirt, Symon! More sparkle!

Amanda said...

It's always the tools' fault, Lizzie! I vote no to satin piping and yes to lovely cotton!

Caffy Bundy said...

That piping is bloody divine as is the word fortuitous you used on my blog!

Mwah, you look fabulous.... daaaarling!

Caffy Bundana x

Amanda Adams said...

Thanks, Caffy! I'm so very proud of the piping :D

Rosy said...

Beautiful skirt, i love the solid color and works perfect line to break at the seams joining ... Definitely it's a winner!

tors (girl meets wolf) said...

Loving you and your skirt! The piping is flawless, kudo (and much jealousy) to you. Solid colour for the win, although it is a tad weird seeing you without a single print. Whatcha gonna do with the naughty cord, any plans?

Amanda Adams said...

Thanks, Rosy! The solid colour thing has its benefits!

Amanda Adams said...

Tors, that sassy cord is learning to fear me! I'm not sure yet- I may make a pair of winter shorts from it...

Carolyn said...

Totally cute, and perfect for twirling! :)

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Nothy Lane said...

I love the Hollyburn skirt with piping.

Amanda Adams said...

I really like the piping- it's super fun!

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