Hello all, and welcome to the next post in the Hollyburn Sew-Along!
Incase you've missed them, here are the posts so far:
- Inspiration (Part 1)
- Inspiration (Part 2)
- Choosing a view
Today we're going to talk about sizing. Picking a size for your Hollyburn skirt is pretty easy because of how simple the design is. All you have to worry about is the size of the waistband. As the Hollyburn skirt is designed to sit at your natural waist, you'll just need to know your waist measurement.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, I'm going to refer you to the fabulous post that Tasia wrote for measuring yourself as part of the Pendrell sew-along. You can ignore the bust and hip sections for now, and just take a look at what she says about measuring your waist: http://sewaholic.net/pendrell-sew-along-measuring-and-choosing-your-size/
[ Source - Sewaholic.net ]
Quick Tip: Be careful not to underestimate your waist measurement, as trust me, you won't enjoy wearing your skirt after a big meal if you make it too tight!!
Now you've got your waist measurement you can consult the size chart on the back of the pattern envelope (also available online here):
Find your nearest size on the chart and that's the size you'll be making!
Quick Tip: If your size is between sizes I'd recommend choosing the next size up, as you can take it in slightly when inserting the zip if you need to.
Should you make a muslin?
I would normally recommend making a muslin (also known as toile) whenever you make a new pattern, to check the fit on your body. However, this is one of the few garments where I do not think a muslin is necessary. As the only thing that you really need to get right is the waist measurement, just make sure that you are very careful with that when you make it and you should be fine.
What's coming up?
So that's it for today! A nice short post to ease us into the week! Hopefully you'll now know vaguely what you want your skirt to look like, which view you'll be making and which size! Tomorrow I'll be back with a post about choosing and buying your fabric.
But quickly before I finish up for today, I wanted to take a moment to give you all a heads up of what else I have planned to talk about during the sew-along. If there's anything else you'd like me to cover or discuss please let me know!
- Pattern adjustments, including:
- Removing pockets
- Making a lining pattern piece
- Changing the length
- 'big bottom' adjustment
- Changing the pockets or adding a different pocket
- Pattern adjustments to add piping to the top of the waistband
- Other Preparations before you start sewing, including cutting
- Sewing - all of the steps in the instructions, for both a lined and unlined skirt
- "Hollyburn party" where I'll show off your finished skirts - as a heads up, I was thinking the 11th Feb for this. That's 10 days (and two weekends) after I finish going through the sewing steps - how does that sound? too soon? too long?.
Missed any of the sew-along posts, or just want to re-read them? You can find the full list here.