That's what happened to me with the Sewaholic Gabriola maxi skirt, and now I've finally got round to making it I can't understand why I didn't do so sooner.
I think I've loved every version I've ever seen online, and I love maxi skirts in general. Why did it take me so long?
Anyway, I've made it now, and I love the finished skirt.
I'm even going to attempt a proper review, rather than my usual random ramblings!
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.
|I'm pretty pleased with my pattern matching!|
0 - 16 (Hip 36 - 47). I made a size 8 which had a finished waist measurement of 30" and hip of 48.5".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. No problems at all, even though I made a couple of (small) changes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Nothing to dislike, other than taping 44 pages of the pdf together!
|It was quite windy when I was photographing this!|
Polyester Chiramin from Fabric HQ. Unfortunately I can't find it on their website. It's lovely and flowy, perfect for this style of skirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I changed the centre back zip to a side zip. The reason for this was that I didn't want to try and match the fabric pattern down the centre back seam of the skirt.
I narrowed the waistband considerably - by about half I would say. It was just too wide for me.
|Check out that pattern matching!|
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, and yes.
Love it, why did I wait so long?!