Red Wool Crepe Sewaholic Hollyburn | Red October

30 Oct


Have you heard about the color-themed sewing going on among the Sewcialists? For October the color is red and I am squeaking in just under the deadline with my contribution.


You may recognize this pattern as I have made it before — the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt. It is so quick and easy to sew and doesn’t really require any fitting changes if you pick the right waistband size. For me that was an 8 in the shortest length.


Skirt: Made by me!
Top: Nordstrom — with the cutest red heels all over it!
Necklace: Tessyla on Etsy
Shoes: Cole Haan

For my fabric, I used a vibrant red wool crepe I have been stashing for a while. I had it steam pressed by the dry cleaners before sewing.


Pretty close to perfect invisible zip.

To make this project a little more challenging, I used this technique to underline the skirt with silk organza and finish the vertical seams all at the same time. I also omitted the pockets as I wanted a more streamlined look.


For the hem, I applied the red and white dot bias tape I picked up in Bath, England, last year then handstitched it to the silk organza underlining.

I am very pleased with this skirt. The underlining technique is a great one to have in your arsenal and I know I will get lots of use out of this wardrobe basic this fall/winter! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Responses to “Red Wool Crepe Sewaholic Hollyburn | Red October”

  1. Lynn October 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Gorgeous – love it! So flattering, too!

  2. Barbara October 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Beautiful skirt, outstanding invisible zipper.

  3. Polly McClure October 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Great holiday piece. Love the patterned bias tape! You’re amazing.

  4. tworandomwords December 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Lovely! I’ve been wanting to work with will crepe for a while but have been put off my the price, and now that’s it’s summer in NZ it would be rather silly. Skirts would be good for less yardage, and less likely to overheat in the temperature controlled workplaces.

    Sophie-Lee – also a seamstress doctor ๐Ÿ™‚


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