I made this before Christmas, but it hung on Dolly for over a month as it waited to be hemmed, so it’s been around a while but only worn for the last couple of weeks. The pattern is the Sewaholic Gabriola. I fell in love with this skirt when Tasia released it. I have only recently started wearing maxi dresses – primarily because I associated them with my school English teachers who were all late twenties (I concede my perception of age was distorted) so before a couple of years ago I felt that they made me look too old, I realise this is entirely personal preference but I have now embraced the maxi shirt with love – I think it helps that the patterns I have found for this are much more stylish and flattering than the styles I tried in earlier years.
I have to say I love Sewaholic patterns, I have never had a bad experience with them in terms of construction and the designs really fit my style – modern but not too fussy, and fitted not shapeless. So when the Gabriola pattern was released I was sold but the making of it got delayed a bit. However, before Christmas I pulled everything together. The main fabric is a really nice cotton I got for free with dolly in the summer. I got lots of free fabric, but most of it is not really ‘me’ but these varied colour and width grey stripes really really are. I got at least 6 metres of this, so there is plenty left over. The plain grey yoke is a plain grey poplin that I accidentally ordered a metre of instead of a sample – thankfully it matched my stripes so there was no waste or unnecessary addition to my stash.
With so many stripes on the bias along adjoining edges I didn’t even try to stripe match although because of the mixed size stripes I still have a really nice chevron effect along the seams, without trying. Construction was straight forward with little of note to report. There is a sign of some slight buckling along the bias edges of the yokes, as other sewists have reported so beware this one – in future I might stabilise these seams somehow in construction. I did a simple zigzag stitich to finish the edges. I wanted to create an overlap on the waistband to put a button, but I didn’t manage it, so hook and eye it was.
The one variation I made was to add in seam pockets. Anyone surprised? I used my standard pattern piece from the tiramisu dress. My first attempt put them in far too low – I couldn’t even reach the entrance. I ripped them out and resewed them with the top of the pocket level with the seam between the yokes, even this is barely high enough, next time I would put these in even higher, starting several inches above the yoke seam.
Other than that it worked fine out of the envelope – it even fitted with no adjustments! A rare thing for me – this is partly because the skirt is loose over the hips. The skirt was plenty long enough with a very very generous 4inch double folded hem, with 1.5 to 3 inches cut off the bottom (least at the front, most at the back due to my generous rear end).so next time I would shorten the pattern by 2 inches all the way around. I feel great when wearing this, what more can you ask from a great wardrobe piece?