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Hollyburn Broken Arrows Skirt

Have you ever had a sewing project go SO well that you really don’t have a lot to say about it? I feel like I haven’t had a project like that in a really long time (maybe ever?!), but the Sewaholic Hollyburn just changed everything. I love this skirt. So much. I’m going to marry it. You’re all invited to the wedding. The End.


Just kidding, but now that I know how much I adore this skirt I wish I would have bought it when it first came out. Somehow I sort of missed that train, though. I kept seeing versions of Hollyburn pop-up from all corners of the internet and every time I’d say “That’s so cute!” but for some reason I never saw it for what it is…


And that is: My new favorite, ultra flattering, super versatile, “TNT” wardrobe staple that’s been missing from my wardrobe since the dawn of time. No seriously. I should kick myself in my own face for not buying this pattern sooner.


It fits me perfectly right out of the envelope with not a single adjustment needed. That has NEVER happened to me before. Ever. It’s the right suggested size with the right amount of ease. It’s a breeze to sew, the instructions are clear (though honestly I didn’t really read them, but the parts I did skim were extremely thorough) AND! perhaps the best feature of this skirt (obviously due to my personal preferences) – the shape works beautifully with a quilting cotton! All of my dreams just came true!!! (Queue Wedding March in 3… 2… 1…)


Speaking of quilting cotton, this fabric is really fantastic. The print is called Arrows and it’s from the Spring 2014 Mustang collection for Cotton & Steel. It has gold metallic dots! Need I say more?! I really can’t rave about Cotton & Steel enough. Not only because I’ve been a Melody Miller Fangirl for years and she can do no wrong in my eyes, but also because the quality and weight of the fabric is superb, in my humble opinion.


One thing I do need to work on is my centered zipper insertion! Aside from this year, I don’t think I’ve sewn a plain ol’ centered zipper since 2012(ish) and it shows a bit. My favorite type of zipper is a lapped zipper and I got pretty good at doing those (which is bound to happen when it’s the only type you do!), so it was a tiny pang to my sewing confidence when I realized I’m not as good at doing standard zippers. …I actually ripped this one out and tried it a second time before I finished the skirt. Oh well, practice makes perfect practice so maybe this will be the year of the centered zipper for me.


Aside from that, this skirt includes all my usual favorites: One million colors, a wild print, quilting cotton, bias tape, pockets, vintage inspired fit – it’s all there! Since 2012 I’ve been longing for a “TNT” pattern. A “tried and true, perfect fit, sew-a-million-times” pattern and so far 2015 has been the year of those. Add Hollyburn to the top of that list!


 Outfit Details:
Hat – All Day Beret pattern
Tank Top – Old Navy
Cardigan – J. Crew (stolen from my mom)
Skirt Pattern – Hollyburn by Sewaholic
Skirt Fabric – Arrows by Melody Miller
Glasses – Tang c/o Victory Optical
Shoes – Eww. I need a new pair.


Knowing how much I love this skirt, and how much I love the bodice on the last dress I made, the only logical thing to do next would be to combine the two for the most flattering, well fit dress I’ve ever sewn in the history of ever. Don’t be surprised if that’s the next sewing project that graces this space 😉 😉


(me and my Maid of Honor, nbd)

Okay so I guess I do have a lot to say about this skirt, but that’s because “Hollyburn. Best. Skirt. Ever” probably wouldn’t have been the most engaging blog post I could have come up with.

Have you sewn a Hollyburn? Are you also in love with it?! …did I mention I’m in love with it?

I’m in love with it.


p.s. I made some changes to my website over the weekend since there have been concerns/complaints (many of them my own) about bugs and broken pages in certain browsers. Super simple layouts = easy fixes! Things should look familiar enough but less break-y this time around…

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  • I love the hollyburn skirt. It’s a TNT for me too. I basically made the same skirt twice in the same fabric in different lengths because I love it so much. I love the fabric you chose for yours. The arrows making a chevron are particularly charming.

  • Yay so pleased for you that you’ve found a skirt TNT! It looks great on you and I particularly love the contrast bias binding on the inside. Being able to make little details like is one of my favourite parts of sewing. Hollyburn is sitting patiently in my sewing queue. I had plans to sew with a quilting cotton as well but it doesn’t appear to be wide enough. Might make a slightly less flared Hollyburn to squash it in!

    • Thank you! My fabric wasn’t wide enough either, and I only had two yards. I cut everything on one layer with the print running in the perpendicular direction and it fit! The pattern happened to work really well with the arrows, but I know cutting it like that wouldn’t work with a directional print.

  • Ok, since Lucille is going to be the maid of honor can I be the flower girl? Or maybe Tasha and I can both be flower girls? haha

    I have a weird question, but what kind of interfacing do you use? The waist band on your skirt looks really good and mine looks so floppy and sad and you can see creases in it and I hate it!

    • Ha! Pffffffft you and Tasha will be my Bride’s Maids and Frankie, LeBron, and Stella will be the flower girls 😉 😉 Okay don’t kill me when I say this but I didn’t use any interfacing!!! I should have… but I didn’t. I just used some Hug Snug in the waist seam to keep it from stretching out. Next time I think I will use it though because I don’t want the waist to get all bacon-y. My favorite interfacing is ProSHEER Elegance (light for shirts, medium for waistbands) from Fashion Sewing Supply. They desperately need a new website but I ordered from them a few times with no issues – This stuff is FANTASTIC. I’ll never use Pellon brand ever again!!

  • jannapyj

    I’m going to be on the edge of my [sewing chair] seat until you make that Hollyburn Hybrid dress! That idea is GENIUS! The only downside…I don’t own either pattern! When Vogue goes on sale next, I’ll pick that one up. The only thing keeping me from buying the Hollyburn RIGHT NOW, is I’m pretty sure I have a vintage pattern very, very much like it in my stash. So I guess I need to dig around in there and check that.


    • Hehe! thanks! Well I hope not to keep you on the edge of your seat for too long, especially since I am equally as excited to make said hybrid. Do you have the Jo-Anns app for your phone? I always check in with that because they tell you about all the pattern sales in advance 😉

  • Faby

    Hi lovely skirt! I would married it too. Do you know a good tutorial for bias hemming? Your looks perfect. Thanks

  • Rachel

    I love my Hollyburn (it has owls on it!). Such a great pattern. Making another one is in my summer plans.

  • Stine Vasard Olesen

    I love this skirt. Your version and my own. It is such a brilliant pattern! And this fabric… oh yeah!

    • Thanks! I agree the pattern is brilliant. I can’t wait to make another!

  • I’m really, really digging your new layout. A lot of blogs (not yours, I promise – I just mean in general) have gotten so busy/hard to to navigate in recent years. Pretty though they may at first glance, actually spending time on them isn’t always as glamorous and I’m all for a return in blog design to more streamlined, elegant layouts like your latest version, sweet dear.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* That skirt is soooo beautiful and fun!

  • Debra Ward

    This is a darling little skirt! I’ve been finding that a lot of the indie patterns fit me right out of the gate and I find myself getting away from buying patterns from the big guys. I just bought Sewaholics Granville after having much success with Renfrew and I’ve got Tilly’s new Arielle skirt on my radar after I’ve made three Coco’s and lovin’ each one.

  • Brilliant skirt, the print is fab!

  • I love everything about this outfit. That skirt is ALL the awesome! I am seriously considering trying it based on your review of the pattern, even though I haven’t sewn for years. I’ll be in the States in August, so could order the fabric! The beret is super cute too. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hooray!!! I’m so delighted that you found a TNT pattern that you are bonkers in love with 🙂 Your skirt is fabulous and I say stick with lapped zipper if what you love best. It’s what I do. 🙂 Sewing rebels!!

  • Soooooooo stinkin’ gorgeous! I love it. Can I marry it too?

  • This is super cute on you! I really hope you do mash it up with the bodice from last week’s dress… that sounds like the perfect dress! I’m not really a skirt person because I’m too awful at matching outfits, but this looks mega adorable on you.

    • Thanks! Yeah I really want to make a dress version, but also try some shirt separates in matching fabric so I can tuck it in and it will look like a dress anyways lol. I’ve been watching a lot of old movies with my mom lately and everyone seems to do that. Gives you like 3 wardrobe pieces in one I suppose, and maybe still saves you from matching outfits? 😉 😉

  • Shannon Phillips

    I love that fabric! Still have not tried the Hollyburn skirt, but I may have to. Also, I love the biased faced hem.

    • Thanks, Shannon! I personally find a bias facing so much easier for curved hemlines so that’s my go-to seam finish there. Plus it allows me to sneak in even more color 😉

  • Megan Connolly

    I love the Hollyburn skirt (I’ve made 5 now), but haven’t made one out of quilting cotton yet, which I am now going to have to do because yours is so cute!

    • Wow, five?! That’s impressive!! Annnnnddddd I might be a little jealous since I don’t have that many (yet!). The shape of the skirt makes it perfect for SO MANY different types of fabrics (as I’m sure you already know!). I love it. I need to plan 4 more at least 😉

  • This is beautiful! So glad you found a skirt pattern you love!

  • Scruffybadgertime

    Oh you look so gorgeous in those colours!! I just had to say. And I have also been coveting the Hollyburn, but keep telling myself that the Lonsdale’s skirt is almost the same. But not sure if that’s a myth or not?! Anyway the Lonsdale was one of my ‘why didn’t I make it sooner?’ Patterns too. I must try the skirt now after seeing yet another gorgeous Hollyburn.

    • Thank you so much! Tasia does mention the Hollyburn is based on the Lonsdale, and now that I’m looking at the pattern illustrations of the two, I bet they’re pretty much the same. I’m sure it would be easy to just negate the bodice on the Lonsdale, though you might have to adjust the ease at the waist since it’s looking like there’s an extra half inch added there. Definitely worth a try though! I’m excited to see your version 🙂 🙂

  • AmandaStock

    Oh, gorgeous fabric for the skirt! And that fit — looks amazing! In fact, the cut of the skirt looks VERY similar to my absolute favourite skirt of all time (made from a mystery polyblend fabric which is much nicer than it sounds, in the perfect shade of medium grey to match EVERYTHING) which was a display piece I bought from a fabric store that was going out of business. Fit like it was made custom for me. My skirt is somewhere between a half and 3/4 circle, constructed in 2 pieces instead of 4, but it even has those cute button waistband options and patch pockets. I thought I would never find another skirt as wonderful as this one (which I still wear at least once a week, though it’s a little tighter these days), and was considering drafting pattern pieces from it, but it sounds like I should try sewing a Hollyburn first…

    • Thank you! I do find the Hollyburn to have a very classic, timeless cut and shape. I bet you’ll absolutely love it! Now that you mention it, I’m thinking I might need a medium grey “goes with everything” skirt, too! I hope you can sew a new one soon 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    Love this! I also always see hollyburns (including this one) pop up on sewing blogs and I’m all like “that is so stinking CUTE!” but have never taken the plunge on the pattern. I thought this month I might rectify that, but sadly the budget couldn’t allow any new pattern purchases – but soon! SOON! I definitely see a hollyburn in my future!

    • Thanks! I can see you doing so many things with this pattern, and I’m really curious to see it made in a slinkier/swanky fabric like you love to work with 🙂

  • Jennifer Hill

    Beautiful!! Jen

  • Kacy Burchfield

    Ok, you’ve just sealed the deal for me. I need to try this pattern. Like yesterday! Looks great!

  • Denise

    It looks fabulous! Heads up that, with the new layout, pictures no longer show up on Bloglovin’ if you’re on mobile.

    • Gaaaahhhhhhh! Of course. It’s always something! lol Thanks for letting me know, I’m trying to figure out why that’s happening…

  • sewingsu

    It looks totally amazing on you!! Love the pattern and the fabric!

  • so cute! I really like that fabric!

  • Love the skirt, love the outfit!!!!!!