Introducing the next pattern…the Hollyburn Skirt!

I’m excited to introduce the newest pattern from Sewaholic Patterns.. the Hollyburn Skirt!

This is the first pattern designed specifically for beginners. Not to say the other patterns wouldn’t work if you’re new to sewing, but I’ve taken extra care to write out detailed beginner-friendly instructions for the Hollyburn. More sewing diagrams and extra-thorough instructions make this a perfect first garment project. (And it may be easy enough for beginners, but it’s a perfect quick project for the more experienced as well!)

It’s based on the great fit of the Lonsdale Dress, which is flattering on so many bodies. I added a few detail options – belt loops, button tabs – nothing a beginner couldn’t handle! The button tabs are my favourite detail. I love an opportunity to use colourful buttons! All of the details are at the waistline, not near the hips, to keep the focus on the waistline.

The skirt is flared, and only needs to fit snugly at the waistline, so it’s easy to choose the right size and get a great fitting garment. And there are pockets! Of course there are. I’ve included my signature flat slash-front pockets for storing things without adding any bulk.

This is the skirt pattern I’m going to make a hundred times, in different fabrics and colours. It’s so flattering! Best of all, it’s quick to sew, so there’s time to sew up a few versions even with our busy schedules.

View A is the longest, based on the length of the Lonsdale dress. At first, this skirt looks long and over-the-top conservative. But once it’s on, it’s very flattering! It looks great with a tucked-in blouse, like the Pendrell Blouse. View B is the medium length version, sewn up in the flowered fabric above, and View C is a couple of inches shorter. As the skirts get shorter, the silhouette becomes slightly more flared!

Why Hollyburn? It’s a fancy area of West Vancouver that’s near Lonsdale, so it seemed fitting. Plus it’s a pretty-sounding name for a skirt pattern. One of the patterns mentioned the name reminded her of Hollywood, which I liked!

Which means we’re at 10 patterns in the line. Ten patterns! Can you believe it? In the last two years (and two months at the end of 2010) I’ve build up the line to a nice round ten. That was my goal at the start of the year, build up the collection to 10 patterns. I just barely made it in time!

Also, what do you think of the photos? Did you notice they’re not taken at the park across the street? For the first time ever, I had professional help! Actually, I had a professional studio, and a great friend who turned out to be a pretty amazing photographer. I rented a couple of hours in a indoor studio because the weather has been so unpredictable, and I really love the fresh, clean look of the white background.

I did get a couple of outdoor shots on a rare sunny afternoon, but most of them didn’t turn out. Just this one! Thought I’d share it to show off the skirt in a different setting.

I waited to announce this one until the patterns arrived, crossing my fingers that I’d have them ready before the holidays. Which means the Hollyburn Skirt pattern is in stock already! Place your orders now and orders will start shipping right away.

Click here to visit the pattern store and pick up your copy of the Hollyburn Skirt pattern today. Thanks for all your support and have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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68 Responses to Introducing the next pattern…the Hollyburn Skirt!

  1. didyoumakethat December 14, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    You could make that skirt in virtually any fabric! I’ve learnt to avoid gathers at the waist, so this skirt looks like a perfect variation on the A-line for me. I really like the tab detail at the waistband. Ordering it!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Thank you! I agree, the silhouette is slightly more forgiving and comfortable than an A-line. Less wrinkling from sitting, too! So glad you like it!

  2. Heather December 14, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I love this! It makes me want to break out my little-used sewing machine and try it out! Love the longer, solid print.

  3. jaclynmariet December 14, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    My goodness, I want that pattern! It’s lovely, and exactly the kind of skirt pattern I’ve been yearning for. I think I need to write a letter to Santa Claus…

  4. Nothy December 14, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Oh, I love the possibilities that this skirt offers. I see it in a dark denim and a light linen too. And could you imagine it, with a cut-out detail along the bottom? Love it. I’m getting it and the Cordova tonight when I get home from work. Have a great weekend Tasia!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Dark denim, light linen – love it! It’s great in solid colours as well as prints. I love your idea of a cut-out detail along the bottom! So many possibilities. I hope you enjoy the pattern!

  5. chase December 14, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    beautiful pattern, love the buttons, and lovely fabric choices (as always). Congratulations on 10 patterns, way to go girl! Hey, how does this skirt look with the Cordova? I keep dreaming about making a two-piece outfit and I think that the Cordova would be my perfect top….but the skirt/bottom eludes me…

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      That’s a good question! I could try but the clashing prints wouldn’t give you a good idea of the look. I bet it would be really nice, a flared skirt with the peplum jacket on top! I’d give it a try for sure. (Once I have a more subtle Hollyburn sample I will model them together to show you..)

  6. Vicki Kate December 14, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    What a lovely pattern! I did notice the white background and think the time spent in the studio was well worth it as its so much easier to see some of the details (like the button tabs). Well done on hitting 10 patterns!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Thank you! I agree, the photos are so much more detailed when a skilled photographer takes them! The lighting is so nice in a studio too.

  7. Penny K. December 14, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Oh another pattern to add to my Christmas wish list. I am not sure if there is another pattern designer besides you in which I have EVERY pattern on my list of must haves. Working on my Thurlows now and just finished my firs of many Renfrew tops (which I wear every week to work).

  8. Becky December 14, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    I was so excited when I saw this skirt yesterday. I have already ordered it. I am currently working on my third and fourth crescent skirts and have been hoping you would come out with another skirt pattern. Yay!

  9. Sabs December 14, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Love the skirt, especially view A – I don’t think it looks conservative at all, just very stylish! Hope you don’t mind me saying but I actually prefer the outside, in-the-park shots to the studio only because they look more natural and I just love seeing other people’s local environment. I just find them more interesting than studio shots but I can see how the detail comes across better in the pro photos. But it’s just my personal opinion! Anyway, congrats on reaching 10 patterns – amazing achievement. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Cambie pattern for Christmas!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks for the thoughts on the photos! I like both styles for different reasons – for one, it’s so nice to have a guaranteed dry photo shoot, where the lights are perfect and someone else is taking the photos. (No more set-timer-and-run!) I do like the real-life, outdoor photos for the same reason you mentioned, they look more natural and more relatable. In the winter, it’s so hard to get everything lined up on a non-rainy day!

      I’ll probably use a combination of both studio shots and self-timed shots wherever possible. The studio shots are guaranteed to look nice and in-focus, the self-timed shots are more of a crapshoot. Sometimes I can spend hours outside taking photos, only to get back inside and find out they all were crappy!

      Hope you get your pattern for Christmas!

      • LLBB December 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

        crap-shoot, hahaha! :)
        10 patterns – congrats!!
        I hope many newbies (and those more experienced as well) can take advantage of extra sewaholic instructions with Hollyburn.

  10. Tsigeyusv December 14, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Skirts NEED pockets! I’m so glad you added them. It looks beautiful.

  11. Topshelf December 14, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I just bought this pattern. As soon as I saw the red version I knew I had to have it.

  12. Lauren December 14, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I love how I saw the description before I saw the picture and thought, “Eh, well, I don’t need a simple flared skirt. I think I have like a dozen patterns just like that in my stash already.” And then I made the mistake of scrolling down to the pictures. And then I realized that I actually do need this skirt. It’s so perfect and, ugh, want want want.

  13. carolina December 14, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Love the last picture, first one and the rest don’t show me or I can`t see the skirt very well but the last one told me, “buy me”. Congratulations for complete your goal.

  14. crystalpleats December 14, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I love, love, love button tabs! That alone makes me want this pattern, and on top of that it is truly flattering. It is officially on my wishlist.

  15. Naomi December 14, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I bought it right away, it’s absolutely lovely!! It’s also my first sewaholic pattern :)

  16. Jenny December 14, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I want! No, no, I NEED. I love that flowered version ~ it’s just the perfect length for me. I like the button tabs too. You came out with this just in time – I was about to go to Joann’s today to buy a few Vogue patterns (skirts) and you beat me to it! I’m SO happy you did :)

  17. Amanda December 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    So, so pretty! I love the solid one, the color and the length. It reminds me that I need to focus on solid fabrics for skirts to go with my printed tops. :) The name Hollyburn is equally pretty! Congratulations to making it to 10 patterns!

  18. verna December 14, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I LOVE it!!! I am going to head over to my local sewing shop and hope they have it! I try to support them when I can. If not I will order it online.

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Here’s a list of our retailers, if that helps!

      I just started shipping wholesale orders so they may not have it yet, unless the mail is super fast!

      • verna December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

        oh my favorite shop carries your patterns, I bought my Alma from them. They just sell out FAST! :)

  19. Tasia December 14, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for all the feedback so far. I’m so glad you guys like the new skirt!! I’m pumped to have a beginner-friendly, simple yet flattering skirt in the line. It’s a great ‘blank canvas’ skirt for all kinds of embellishments, too!

  20. Fiona December 14, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Beautiful! I will definitely be making this one.

  21. scheri December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    perfect skirt. Everyone with any body type can wear. Love the fact you have no pleats, gathers etc to attach to waistband…….much more flattering design.

  22. Tatiana December 14, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Why, oh, why don’t you have pdf patterns? I want to sew this skirt today!!!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      I’m sorry! :) It is on my long list of things to figure out, I know how much fun it is to get instant gratification!

    • Sophie-Lee December 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      Tatiana I’m exactly the same – I just ordered this and three other patterns but I know they’ll take WEEKS to get here

  23. sharon December 14, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    The skirt is simple but elegant. Beautiful. The blouse in the last photo is also gorgeous–what a lovely collar and it perfectly balances the silhouette. Is it a Pendrell blouse?

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      It is! It’s the same one worn with the Thurlow Shorts in the photos here:

      It’s the ruffled version, View B. I’m glad you like the new skirt pattern, it does work very well with a tucked-in Pendrell blouse!

    • Tasia December 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      And the other top is a Renfrew Top, view C! It’s the purple one I used for tutorials over the last couple months. (In case you wondered!)

  24. Lucy December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    10 patterns! Congratulations!

    These look lovely – the flowered one especially. I love the name Hollyburn – it sounds so classy.

    It’s very like one of the first skirts I ever made (still a UFO thanks to a waistband-tastrophe I’m sad to say!). Looks like a great way for a beginner to get started!

  25. Sunni December 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Oh how I love this skirt! I love all the things you’ve done with it and its so amazingly versatile. In addition, I have to say, that I LOVE the photos. I do like the real life photos too, but its really really nice to see all the detail and not have the background of the photo take away from the focus of the sewing project. AWESOME! You look absolutely fabulous in both too – wonderful styling!

  26. Sewbusylizzy December 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Dear Tasia,
    Please stop making such irresistable patterns as I cannot stop myself buying them.
    PS. Actually do keep making them as it means I’ll never stop sewing. :-)

  27. soisewedthis December 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    You are on a roll! I have a few skirt patterns in my stash that I haven’t made, but now I really want to make yours. It looks so pretty!

  28. Katy December 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Congratulations on the new pattern! I like the professional photo shoot as well. I’m sure that makes your life much easier so go for it! I’d rather you spent your time drafting the great patterns than worrying about getting the perfect outdoor shots.

  29. Sarah December 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Another awesome pattern! I’m picturing view B in underlined lime green eyelet with hot pink buttons and a bright blue shirt :)

  30. Kyriaki December 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    So cute! Instabuy :) I bought some pretty chintzy green fabric with roses to make a skirt out of a month ago and thought it was a crescent skirt – but apparently not, it’s this one! Thanks :D I’ll be doing B I think, C is an excellent fall/winter length, imagine it in fine wool…

  31. Jo December 15, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    I’m SO buying this! My favourite thing is the detailed instructions- you really know how to write great instructions, so that alone makes it worth the purchase I think! Of course it doesn’t hurt how cute it is! Looking forward to seeing more versions, especially checking out the shortest length! :)

  32. Nikki December 15, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    I love this pattern and really want to buy it, but I’ve realised after many attempts that skirts with waist bands do not look good on me :(

  33. Jo December 15, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    I recently made my first skirt-disaster!actually it was the making of it, just the style…I’m extremely pear shaped and realised that gathers are extremely bad for a pear shape! I’d been looking for the perfect dress pattern since and I haven’t had success finding what I had in mind-until I came across this! Yay! I’m in the uk, so I think I’ll have to wait a while :(

  34. Erica December 15, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Thank you Tasia for making a pattern for beginners! I am beginner and have wanted to delve into sewing garments. This looks like the perfect pattern to start with!

  35. woolcat December 15, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    It makes your waist look TINY. Love the pattern! Wish I had a tiny waist!

  36. Cat December 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    GREAT great pattern… so excited.

    I do have a question though. Is it possible to make this skirt without the front centre seam? Is there a way to cut it out to eliminate this seam? Maybe with some fancy folding/cutting – or would that just ridiculously increase one’s yardage requirements?
    I’d love to hear yours or anyone’s ideas about the feasibility of this… Or do I need to suck it up and make a seam?


    • Lucy December 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      The problem is that this skirt is cut on the bias (if I remember correctly from making my Lonsdale last year, which this is based on), and usually bolts aren’t wide enough to place a pattern piece that size diagonally. If you happened to get a wide enough piece of fabric and cut your skirt front in one piece, then maaaybe, if you were making the short one in a small size…but I know what you mean. I’m not that fond of centre seams myself. I don’t know why, really. But if you want a bias-cut skirt (they flow so well!) you have to suck it up ;-)

      • Tasia December 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

        Thanks Lucy for jumping in here! The centre seam is there so that the centre of each side can be placed on the straight grain. So if you’re looking at the skirt from the front, the two grainlines are down the middle of each skirt half. That allows the skirt to hand nicely, so the flare is evenly distributed.

        If you were to place the skirt on the fold, eliminating the seam, that’s totally fine! The only thing that will be changed is the silhouette of the skirt. Putting the straight grain down the centre means that the sides will be on more of a bias, so most of the flare will go to the sides. You may want to let the skirt hang before hemming then, because there are bias sections.

        Hope this helps!

        • Cat December 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

          Thank you both for your responses. I look forward to experimenting with this skirt, Tasia.

  37. Abi December 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I literally SQUEALED when I got the email about this skirt! I’ve had so much interest from people wanting me to teach an A-line skirt class, but I struggled to find a pattern that I was happy with. So this is just PERFECT! So so very perfect! It’s incredibly flattering, doesn’t require too much fitting, perfect for beginners, and it means I get to support an independent pattern company! And to top it off, I can see myself making a whole bunch of these skirts for my own wardrobe.

    Also, congrats on reaching 10 patterns! You’ve come so far with your business and it’s so inspiring to be able to witness that. I really can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you!

    • Tasia December 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Thank you Abi! I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to be teaching this pattern in a class. It’s the perfect, easy skirt for beginners because it’s so easy to fit (just the waist needs to fit) and there are pockets, so it’s wearable and practical for a first project.

      Thanks for being such a great supporter of my pattern line!

  38. Jo December 17, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’ve been a fan of all your patterns and your awesome website. Thank you!

    Can I put in an early request for new patterns in 2013. I ride my bike to work everyday and just ride in my normal clothes. I would love to make a pair of culottes that look totally sassy on the bike! Is this something that Sewaholic might consider?
    Yours hopefully, Jo

  39. Mary December 18, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    Love the culotte pattern Simplicity 7728. I made that pattern in Home Economics class in Grade 8. It was made in a turquoise denim. Brings back memories.
    Congratulations on another successful year.


  40. Rachel December 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Hey Tasia, which view is the red sample skirt? Is it view A?

    • Tasia January 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Yes! It’s the longest Hollyburn skirt in the red/pink sample.

  41. Selena October 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Hello Tasia, such a beautiful site you have here. Your designs are so beautiful and you know how to make dresses that look good on you. Really enjoyed looking at some of your creations.

  42. Sara April 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi! I just fall in loveee with this skirt!!! it’s exactly what I was looking for!
    I have a doubt that I’d wanna ask, which type of fabric is the perfect for this pattern? I love the look of the floral one, is that regular cotton? No, right?
    Because the ones that I usely use are to thin to have those curves, it would look fallen.
    (Sorry my english, I’m working on it) :)
    thank you!!

  43. Stine Vasard May 15, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Hey Sewaholic!
    I’m have just fallen in love with this pattern! And lots of the others.
    I’m a dane crazy about sewing.
    I wondered if you would be interesseted in af review of some of your patterns on a danish blog?
    I would be very interessed in review the Hollyburn skirt and the Cambie dress – in the return for free patterns.
    Take a look at the blog – I think you patterns would have great potential i Denmark!!



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