I secretly love when there’s leftover fabric after cutting a project. Especially when it’s a lot… it’s a challenge to see what can I do with the extra! It’s like a bonus garment. Because I often change my mind about what to do with a piece of fabric, sometimes I have more than I need for the planned project. This happened with the wild and crazy fabric that I used to make this wild dress.
Which means, it’s time for a bonus project!
I made a Hollyburn Skirt, view C the shortest and most flared version. I did keep the pockets, because why not? Pockets are awesome and unexpected in a skirt like this. (And the opening will blend in with a print this distracting. You can hardly see them!)
Here it is, modelled with my Blank Canvas sweater:
And a closer look:
Too bad you can see the remote in this photo, as the shape of the skirt looks really nice in this shot. Not the greatest photo-taking day but I wanted to get these up!
The lining is hot pink! I didn’t have enough navy on hand, and I had hot pink. I wanted to line it as the back of the fabric is brushed, like felt. It would definitely stick to tights.
How the lining is sewn:
I sew the lining to the other side of the waistband, then fold the waistband along the foldline. (Check out the Hollyburn sew-along posts on Rachel’s blog, My Messings for more on sewing the skirt with a lining.)
I stitched in the ditch to secure the waistband so there is no visible topstitching. I let the skirt hang before hemming so the lining can settle and stretch.
I hemmed the skirt with a topstitched hem, because there’s so much going on with the fabric, the hem stitching blends in, more or less.
I’d originally cut the whole skirt from the same fabric, but when it came time to sew on the waistband, I thought it was just too much. I decided to toss the printed waistband and re-cut a new piece in solid navy.
Here’s a silly photo of me showing the waistband. Hopefully it gives you an idea how nice a contrast waistband would look with a tucked-in blouse for spring and summer.
The navy isn’t a perfect match, it’s a bit darker and less blue than the background of the skirt, but it’s not offensive to me. I love the solid waistband. It looks like a belt from far away, it will help border the loud print, and it’s flat and not lumpy, like the main fabric.
I really like this skirt. I like the dress more, but I quite like how this little bonus project turned out! It’s a good reminder that I want to make solid Hollyburn skirts too. This bright novelty skirt is nice, but a couple of solid grey or navy Hollyburn skirts would be a very useful addition to my wardrobe.
The flare of the Hollyburn pattern is perfect for the weight of this fabric, the silky rayon lining feels great to wear, the navy waistband draws attention to a small waist and feels flat to wear. It’s so cute!
And it goes perfectly with orange sweaters, which is great because I seem to keep knitting in orange.
So there it is – a bonus skirt! Have you made any great bonus projects from leftover fabric recently?