Grey Quilted Hollyburn Skirt

When I saw this fabric, all I could think about was making it into a skirt. A cute, flippy quilted skirt, with interesting texture that makes an outfit look cool and modern. When it arrived, I was supposed to be working on pattern instructions, but I took a break to sew up a cute quilted skirt.

quilted hollyburn skirt 2

Fabric is from Telio. It’s soft, like a knit, but with a thick quilted texture. (Kind of like paper towels, which why it’s best not to buy these types of fabrics in white.) It’s 82% polyester, 16% rayon, 2% spandex so it stretches! Though I wouldn’t want to make a tight-fitting quilted garment. Or would I?

quilted grey fabric

You can cut this fabric with scissors, but it is a bit hard to cut through. You can also use a rotary cutter, though I had to press harder than normal, and it pulls and moves as you cut due to the stretch.

Here’s my original inspiration:



I feel like I found it somewhere knitting related, talking about the sweater, but I liked the skirt too. I like the whole outfit, neutrals with texture.

quilted hollyburn skirt

It’s the Hollyburn Skirt pattern, View C, sans pockets. I felt like they’d be too thick and lumpy in this fabric.

filling in pocket of hollyburn skirt pattern

If you remove the pockets from the Hollyburn skirt and leave off the side tabs and belt loops, it becomes a very simple pattern to sew! Even simpler than the original design, which isn’t complicated at all. Three pattern pieces – front, back, waistband – and only simple seams to sew.

I went with black thread because the inside of the fabric is black.

This fabric is spongy, and doesn’t press well. So I topstitched along either side of the seam. I tested it out on scrap before topstitching the skirt itself because I was concerned topstitching wouldn’t blend well with the quilted texture. Luckily, I think it’s all right, and it keeps the seams open so they don’t look unpressed.

topstitched seams on hollyburn skirt

If you have a fabric that won’t press well, topstitching is one option to keep seams in place. Just make sure you finish the seam allowances BEFORE topstitching. I’d imagine on many fabrics, you won’t need to finish them if you plan to topstitch because the line of topstitching will help reduce fraying. Test on a sample before deciding on a plan.

quilted hollyburn skirt 4

I’m still not 100% certain I like the topstitching, but I didn’t want lumpy seams, and there would be seamlines no matter what with half-sections of quilted lines. I could have cut the skirt front on the fold, eliminating the centre front seam, but then the flare and silhouette would change. And I really like it the way it is, in a thick spongy fabric like this, there’s a risk of it standing straight out in an exaggerated A-line. Likely I’m just being overly critical because it’s my own project, if I saw it on someone else I’m sure I’d love it!

I also pressed the waistband seam open. This is pretty unusual, but I remember reading about it in Making Trousers by David Page Coffin. He talks about reducing bulk a lot and one of the ways to keep your waistline smooth is to press your waistband-to-trouser seam open. This will also make the zipper easier to insert, more so than if both seam allowances were pressed in the same direction.

press waistband seam open

I finished the lower edge of the seam after pressing it open. The upper edge was going to be enclosed in the waistband, so I trimmed it down to reduce bulk.

I also trimmed the seam allowance at the zipper. It would have been even better if I hadn’t caught the edge in the serging, but I can really feel the difference before and after trimming.

Definitely baste the zipper first, in a fabric like this. Unpicking is hard to do when your stitches sink into the fabric’s surface.

baste zipper before sewing

Then I realized: I’d topstitched all of my other seams, why not topstitch the centre back seam from the bottom up and just keep topstitching along the zipper opening? It worked so well! What an easy way to set in a back zipper.

I finished the top edge of the waistband, and when I went to fold it to the inside, realized it would line up nicely with the other finished edge. This also meant I could stitch in the ditch to close the waistband. In a fabric like this, the stitches would definitely sink into the ditch!

line up waistband edge with finished seam allowance

I pulled the lace trim when I sewed it to the hemline, so the edge of the hem would curve without puckers. I can’t say exactly how much I pulled, I went with my instincts. It worked quite well! If you wanted to be exact, you could press up the hem, and then measure the circumference of the skirt where the hem edge falls.

pull lace trim when applying to the hem

I wanted to topstitch the hem for speed, but knew it would look so much better without visible stitching. So I hand-stitched it. Actually, I started hand-stitching it but it was turning out very round and puffy! So I ripped out my hand-sewing, inserted fusible web into the fold of the hem and basically glued the fold flat. Kind of wish I’d thought of this before closing the waistband as it would have looked nice with a good crisp fold on top. Also, now that I think of it, it would have held my seam allowances down too! Ah well. Live and learn, at least I can record the information for you and for my future self.

puffy waistband in quilted fabric

Handling this puffy fabric required a little extra thinking, but I really like the end result!

quilted hollyburn skirt 3

Wouldn’t it make a cool bra? Maybe I’m just obsessed with bra-making but I can totally see a long-line bra sewn in black and quilted grey panels. Black straps and elastic, maybe?

I think this is my way of sewing basics (cake, if you will). I can sew simple styles in versatile colours, but there has to be a little something extra to hold my interest. In this case, it’s the texture of the quilted pattern. It’s a grey skirt, but it’s not a boring grey skirt.

quilted hollyburn skirt 5

I was hoping for a modern, cool textural look. Something a little out there, but still wearable. What do you think?

quilted hollyburn skirt 6

Ps. I made the sweater in these photos! More on it later.

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79 Responses to Grey Quilted Hollyburn Skirt

  1. elle May 6, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    This is stunning! You totally nailed cool, modern and textural, that’s for sure! I love it.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Ah thanks! That was my goal :)

  2. Marie May 6, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    I love it! I really like grey, it’s a staple colour for me. I also really like the simplicity -with the texture to add a little interest.

  3. Rebecca May 6, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    I love it!

  4. sewing princess May 6, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    So cool! perfect. I love grey. Yes, do go ahead and make a bra!!

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      I will! It might be weird but I’m doing it!

  5. Debra May 6, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    I had my reservations about a quilted skirt but this is adorable.( I’m thinking a slightly longer version would be cozy for our Ontario winter)

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      A longer version would be great, like a vintage quilted circle skirt!

  6. Nayla May 6, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    This is gorgeous! It looks comfortable and warm for cooler days.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      It is very comfortable! Even the waistband is soft and cushy.

  7. Michelle @ needle and nest May 6, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    I love it! Your version is just as awesome as the inspiration photo!

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Thank you! I especially like her sweater, mine is much simpler.

  8. Nakisha May 6, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    This is crazy awesome. CRAZY AWESOME!!!! Now if you want to ship me a yard or so of that fabric…just contact me for my address ;-)

    Love the skirt. love.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Thank you so much! I have plans for the rest, just wait!

  9. Michelle May 6, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Oh, I LOVE it! That fabric was destined to become a Hollyburn!

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      It definitely was!

  10. Maris Olsen May 6, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    REALLY darling, Tasia! I wish I had found that fabric for a zip-front jacket I recently made!

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      It would make a great zip-front jacket! It would be super comfortable too, almost like a sweatshirt. But a cool, modern sweatshirt.

  11. CGCouture May 6, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    I’m pretty much a sucker for anything grey (or teal, blue turquoise or emerald), so this is a win IMO. :-) I like the textures, it keeps the neutrals from being too “neutral-y”. Cute! :-)

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

      Oh me too – teal, turquoise, emerald are my favourite colours!

  12. Jenny May 6, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    That’s so innovative! I saw some quilted knit fabric recently but couldn’t think of what to make with it..

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

      A simple skirt is a great idea. I think the key is to keep it simple so it doesn’t look overdesigned or like a poor choice for the fabric. If I’d made this into a garment with several seams, it would highlight the diagonal lines and make it look noticeable that they don’t match. Too much going on! Simple is best.

  13. sara May 6, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Very cool skirt!

  14. Suzie May 6, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I really love this – the pattern/texture on your quilted fabric is really lovely and I love the body it gives your skirt. In fact, I like it far better than your inspiration pic!

  15. scuffsan May 6, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I love your quilted skirt! It is far from a boring grey skirt. Cool and cute, perfect combination. And I like your version better than the one in the inspiration photo. I probably never would have thought to make a skirt from a fabric like that, but now I’m inspired.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Thank you! It’s great that we can sew and recreate our own versions of ‘inspiration outfits’ – even better if we can improve on them!

  16. Chloe May 6, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Fabulous skirt – I love everything about it! It suits you so well. I’ve actually seen this fabric at my local Fabricland, and almost went for it, but I couldn’t think of what I would make. But now I know – wontder if them have any left…

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Ah nice! Glad to help with ideas. I’m often drawn to fabrics that are a challenge to plan a project with. Why is that, I wonder? :)

  17. Katy May 6, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    This is lovely! I really like quilted clothes atm, and this skirt is perfect. The topstitching looks fab too :)

  18. Sarah May 6, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Tasia, that’s an awesome skirt! So elegant and cozy!

  19. The Sewing CPA May 6, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    What a gorgeous skirt! I love the whole outfit.

  20. Kelly May 6, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    I really like it! The silhouette works very well with that fabric, and I’ve been really drawn to texture lately. I can’t believe I never thought of pressing a waistband seam open! I’ve been struggling with waistline bulk lately, that is such an obvious solution!

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

      It does work well, pressing waistband seams open! Pretty much any seam is going to be flatter pressed open rather than to one side. I’d recommend reading ‘Making Trousers’ – he has some great ideas on construction, including waistbands.

  21. Alice May 6, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Adorable! I love your whole outfit in these pictures, it is so perfectly cozy.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Thank you! It is very cosy. Not very spring-like, but then again it is Vancouver and it’s on and off with the nice weather here.

  22. Carol May 6, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Another lovely project. Is Telio wholesale only or can the public purchase from them? I’m trying to find a good fabric source in the Seattle area. Something beyond Joann’s with a nice apparel fabric selection.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Carol! Yes, Telio is wholesale only, but they sell to many local and popular fabric stores, including Fabricana here, Mood Fabrics and Hart’s Fabric online, and they offered to help source fabrics if you email them:
      If you wish to find some of our featured fabrics in fabrics stores in your area just contact us at generalinfo at , we’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

    • Elle May 7, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      Seattle also has Pacific Fabrics, Nancy’s and District Fabric.

  23. Marlise May 6, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Very very cool! I like the fabric and the how the skirt turned out. Would never have thought of making it into a semi-circle skirt. Thank you for the inspiration – be prepared for copycats :-)

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      Copy away! Doesn’t bother me a bit. :) Hope the tips on sewing with this rather unruly fabric were helpful!

  24. Leigh May 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    That is a GREAT skirt! And the weight of the fabric will help keep it from getting blown about (or up). Very cute! Can’t wait to hear about the sweater.

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Thank you! Yup, it’s rather thick and will keep its place better than a lightweight skirt, for sure.
      More about the sweater soon! Going to use a different set of photos because these all had funny faces. :)

  25. Samantha May 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Love it! And it really showcases the versatility of your Hollyburn pattern :)
    You mention the use of fusible web – is that the white ‘steam a seam’ tape? Or is it something stronger/firmer?

  26. Karina May 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I love the skirt! So cute with the quilted pattern and in that colour :) I’m wearing my hollyburn skirt today in the similar kind of colour/texture and yours make me want to make another!

  27. Lara May 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    This is SO cool – I way prefer it to your inspiration picture!

  28. Jo May 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Oh I love reading your garment posts because you put such thoughtful details into all of them. I feel I learn a lot! This is such a fab skirt. I’ve only made one hollyburn so far but it was textured too- a very fine corduroy. Texture is so fun to play with! Your skirt is gorgeous!

  29. Turina May 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    This is a gorgeous skirt! We are going into winter down here so this skirt would be perfect, I’m going to have to make one. And the idea of a long line bra in this fabric is inspired, It would be so warm!

  30. Pins, Patterns and Polish May 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    This skirt is prefect for winter in Australia! I want to make another few skirts out of a knit fabric, but what you have is awesome. I’m not sure I’ll be able to find fabric like that over here, any other aussies seen this sort of stuff?
    P.s Tasia I like your slurry so much more than the inspiration picture :-)

    • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      My slurry? What is a slurry? (I learn so many new words from you guys!)

      • Pins, Patterns and Polish May 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

        It’s a suspension of particles in a liquid

        • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

          OH I see! That’s too funny. Did you know, I just googled ‘slurry’ to see if I could find the answer myself and found this…

          • Pins, Patterns and Polish May 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

            That’s why I wanted to clarify. It can be seen as a bad word. Anyhow your skirt is great :-)
            Nice list of aussie slang there.

            • Tasia May 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

              I figured that wasn’t what you thought about me! :) No worries. Learned something new today regardless!

              • Carley May 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

                That’s hilarious! I’m bookmarking the list of Aussie slang for future reference! Love the skirt AND the slurry! Lol! I like your look better too Tasia, I especially like the touch of lace under your sweater. The skirt is really pretty!

    • Pins, Patterns and Polish May 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      I meant skirt!
      I’m in the minerals processing industry so slurry is a commonly used term there. Damn autocorrect.

    • SciG May 7, 2014 at 4:56 am #

      Hey pins, I’ve seen this fabric at my local Spotlight but only in the black colourway. They also had some other fab quilted knits.

  31. Nancy W May 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    WOW love the skirt!!! And the top stitching is fabulous!!!!!!!

  32. Annette May 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I love this. While reading, I was trying to decide how practical it would be to make a quilted skirt when our weather is warming up. I will definitely be looking for the fabric for my fall and winter wardrobe.
    As for your inspiration, I think you completely surpassed it. Your skirt looks so much better and your sweater pairs better than the inspiration.

  33. Emily May 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Gorgeous!! Which length/version is this?

    • Tasia May 7, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      View C, shortest and most flared!

  34. Amanda May 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Love the outfit! Great notes on fabric handling too! :) Your skirt is so much better fitted than the inspiration, which has got to be satisfying – and I’m kind of dying to know more about the sweater, it’s SOOOOOO pretty!! :)

  35. Kate May 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Awesome fabric! I love the look of this skirt. It is a great basic without being boring. I love to see how a pattern changes with the use of different fabrics – this one really changes things up with the quilted knit!

  36. Dolce Vita May 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    So beautiful! Is it really sweater weather still in Vancouver? We’re starting to (finally) warm up down in Oregon :)

    • Tasia May 7, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      It’s on and off sweater weather. Some days it’s warm enough to skip socks & tights, other days it’s back to cold and wet! Today is gorgeous but this weekend was cold and damp and rainy.

  37. colette May 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    so cute! I’m a big fan of neutrals with textures too, and thanks for the tips on reducing bulk ;o)

  38. Sherri May 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    What an adorably cute skirt. Love the details of the top-stitching. Did you use a topstitching needle and heavier thread ? I think the topstitching was definitely the way to go with the quilted fabric. By the way-I prefer yours over the inspiration piece, though it is very nice. I just like your quilted fabric better. It has more interest to it.

    • Tasia May 7, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Nope, just a regular needle and thread! I wanted to match the stitching of the quilted texture and that was the closest.

  39. Tamsin W-P May 7, 2014 at 2:53 am #

    Great idea to use such an unusual fabric for a skirt – I think it looks brilliant and definatley stop the skirt from being a ‘boring grey skirt’. It’s fab!

  40. Bella May 7, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    Very cool! Love the quilted texture.

  41. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions May 7, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I purchased this fabric 2 months ago and have yet to make anything out of it. I love the skirt and it looks spot on from your inspiration. Mine is in cream – not quite white :)

  42. Amy May 8, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    I absolutely love this. I’m a huge fan of textured fabrics like this but I’ve never sewn with one before. This is inspiring, just need to find a similar fabric in the UK now!

  43. Anne May 8, 2014 at 11:06 am #


  44. Marissa May 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I LOVE this pattern! Which one is it?


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