Added Mar 6, 2014
I was one of the lucky pattern testers for the latest design from Sewaholic, the Gabriola Maxi Skirt, and this is my first version (I a quite sure there will be more in my future).
From the website: Dramatic and elegant, the Gabriola Skirt is a flared maxi skirt that sits at the waist and falls to the floor.
Many maxi skirts are shaped like a tube, straight up and down with no curves, but not this pattern. The Gabriola Skirt is flared to create a curvy A-line silhouette, narrowing the waist and elongating the body. Angled panels around the waist flatter the figure and look especially good in striped fabrics. Sew the yoke panels in a contrast fabric, or choose one fabric for the entire skirt. Looks great in printed fabrics as well as solids. A centre back zipper makes this skirt easy to construct with a very sophisticated result.
Look effortlessly stylish in a long skirt!
Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller waist, larger hips.
The instructions are very easy to follow. Even with the addition of the angled yoke pieces, I think a beginner with a project or two under their belt would have no problem putting this skirt together (especially with Tasia’s up-coming sew along to help).
The only issue I had was a bit of stretching in the upper yoke pieces. To remedy this, I used seam binding to ease the waist measurement back to the original size so it would fit the waistband. I had a feeling this was going to happen with my fluid rayon and could have stay-stitched the pieces before construction, but it was not hard to fix later on. In the future, however, I will probably apply the seam binding/stay-stitching as soon as I cut those pieces.
I did, however, take a good two inches off the hem and I am 5’6" tall. The rayon is extremely lightweight and got a little loopy along the hemline after letting it hang for 24 hours – if you are petite you can probably save a bit on yardage by shortening the pieces before cutting.
As I already mentioned, I am positive I will be making another of these skirts . . . probably a knee-length version and maybe another maxi as well – it would also be lovely as a dress. This is a beautiful design and I really, really recommend this one.
More pictures may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
I also made my sweater – more info may be found here.
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