maxi skirt length

Got to love a skirt that goes forever….

…but doesn’t take forever! 

maxi skirt angle
Presenting Gabriolathe freshest and arguably the juiciest sewing pattern to leave the hot little hands of Sewaholic. An on-the-waist, full length skirt with a back zip and hook and bar closures. If you can sew a zip (or you tube how to sew a zip) then you’re sweet. Gabriola is a skirt for all seasons (see this perfectly wintery black version) but personally I think she reeks of  icy-poles and lazy summer afternoons. Not unlike my hair, she’s wild and windswept and maybe a little unruly. The perfect companion for tank tops and floaty blouses.
IMG_8930IMG_8998If its not already apparent, this pattern is all kind of amazing. Some of the details are hard to see in this fabric but check out the technical drawing for a good look. Basically the front and back ‘yoke’ of the skirt are made up of lots of intersecting pieces. And not just random shapes but thoughtfully drafted thigh-caressing, hip-skimming leg-elongating pieces.


Fabric // confetti viscose from Tessuti Fabrics

Sizing // Sewaholic patterns are known for lovingly accommodating the pear shaped among us. Being not especially of the pear shaped variety, I took extra care choosing a size knowing that if I went by my waist measurement, the hips would likely be too big. I measured an 8 for the bust and waist, but a 6 for the hips, so I figured if there was some ease in the pattern then I could probably get away with the 6 around the waist and the hips would be a better fit than the 8. The 6 is perfect. No sizing, fitting mods necessary.

Tweaks & tips // To attach the waistband to the inside of the skirt, the instructions call for hand-stitching. I decided to stitch in the ditch because a. I didn’t entirely trust that my hand stitching would hold up this drapey but very heavy fabric over time b. I was feeling impatient and c. actually I like the finish it gives, invisible on the outside and still neat on the inside.  Likewise I went for a machine stitched double fold hem, over a hand-stitched one to save time but again because of the fabric.

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  • Fiona Parkerwrote:

    Wow! I’ve already added this pattern to my wish list but if I hadn’t I sou;d have done after seeing your version! Gorgeous fabric choice!

  • Tarawrote:

    really pretty!!!! The yoke shape is neat. I used to call my friend Gabby “gabriola” when we were kids. lol

  • Katy Stillwellwrote:

    It’s stunning! I love your fabric choice (as usual). I can;t wait for summer!

  • lisa g.wrote:

    i really liked this skirt when i first saw it, and then fell in love with it when i saw the line drawing! can not wait to make this one up. your fabric is gorgeous! i love it so much.

  • Tillywrote:

    Beautiful! It’s freezing in London right now but you’ve got me dreaming of Summer… x

  • sew.darn.quiltwrote:


  • Sassy Twrote:

    Gorgeous. Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

  • Carolynwrote:

    Your version is gorgeous! I can’t wait to sew up this pattern. I’m dreaming of a summer in a long, flowy skirt!

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    How did I miss this pattern??!?! It’s gorgeous! I just love your version. The fabric is insanely beautiful, and it’s making me dream of balmy summer days when all I want to do is swish around in flowing fabric! Thanks for all the tips on sizing and whatnot – always super helpful!

  • oonaballoonawrote:

    OH YOWZA. this is absolutely gorgeous. those pattern details are amazing–and you pick prints like no one else can. GIMMIE.

  • gingermakeswrote:

    Wow! This looks so beautiful on you! I love it! What a stunner!

  • mokoshawrote:

    such a pretty skirt that is! and that fabric is so beautiful, i wanna try recreating it (have some white fabric i dunno what to do with, and fabric paint too)

  • Heather Louwrote:

    YOU SO PRETTY. Sorry. Had to be said. AND SO IS THIS SKIRT. Yeah, I really love this pattern. Such thoughtful drafting. And your fabric choice is deeevine.

  • clippedcurveswrote:

    Gosh that fabric is gorgeous… but I couldn’t find it on the website 🙁

  • ellewrote:

    Oh my word, this is stunning. I was wanting this pattern anyway, but now I think I absolutely NEED it.

  • Kellywrote:

    Soooooo gorgeous!! You chose the perfect fabric for this skirt, it looks amazing! This is definitely on my list for summer 🙂

  • threadtensionwrote:

    Gooooooorgeous. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the tester versions of this skirt and yours does not disappoint! As someone else who commonly measures differently in the waist and hips with Sewaholic, your sizing info is invaluable 🙂

  • Suzanna Forsythewrote:

    Oh this is so beautiful! I am so in love with this pattern – so floaty, flattering and gorgeous!
    Loving the fabric you chose too!

  • Sarawrote:

    This is gorgeous, you are gorgeous, I want to live in the perpetual summertime of Australia…

  • symondezynwrote:

    So beautiful! I’m glad you shared your sizing tips, as I am not a pear shape either but really like the style lines on this skirt. I absolutely LOVE the fabric you used!! 🙂

  • House of Pinheirowrote:

    You have a gift to pick the best fabrics.. Not the biggest fan of maxi skirts but I would wear this..beautiful x

  • anu*mikiwrote:

    Love it!!

  • Brienne Moodywrote:

    You are killing it with the fabrics. So awesome. I usually don’t like maxi skirts either, but this one on the waist is tempting. Seems like it would be a good traveler.

  • Lisawrote:

    OH-LA-LA indeed!! This is beautiful (as always) and now on my list of must-makes.

  • Madalynnewrote:

    Gawwwd! I love this skirt! I’m not the type of seamstress to overload her to-do list, but I totally added the Gabriola skirt for future makes. I love everything you have done here, and the photos are great too!

  • Crab and Beewrote:

    I’m totally afraid of maxi skirts but you’ve got me reconsidering… wow, this one turned out so beautifully!

  • Dibs maxwellwrote:

    You just sold this skirt to me. I am now waiting impatiently for summer. It is so beautiful. Your fabric is on point.

  • sewamysew.comwrote:

    Holy Shit! This fabric is gorgeous and oh so you. I’m getting a “relaxed super Mum who has it all” vibe. Such a cool pattern, I love the new Becarra blouse too.

  • Laura Sinclairwrote:

    Gorgeous! It’s so flattering on you and I love the fabric. 🙂

  • Katy Patzelwrote:

    Yes! I’m sold.

  • busylizzieinbrizzy.comwrote:

    Stunning!! You look beautiful 🙂
    The print of the fabric is lovely and the skirt pattern has some great detail. I feel like a dork in a maxi skirt, but you look stunning!

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  • liza janewrote:

    So pretty! I will be ordering this pattern. I need a skirt like this in my life!

  • thingsforboyswrote:

    Gorgeous! Love it all!

  • littlehomebyhandwrote:

    Wow, it’s gorgeous and looks so great on you! Yes to those flattering lines! I saw the pattern launch and Gabriola is definitely on my list 🙂

  • kristinwrote:

    Oooooh it’s gorgeous. Perfect fabric choice and it fits you like a dream. Very nice.

  • Kimwrote:

    Love this skirt! It looks super flattering and the fabric is gorgeous!

  • Amandawrote:

    Hello fabulous skirt! This is a total summer skirt and that fabric is delightful. So ethereal!

  • *Tadaam !wrote:

    Congratulations, this skirt is amazing and the fabric also !

  • The Wardrobe Projectwrote:

    Beautiful!And the fabric is absolutely gorgeous!Missing summer terribly!

  • Birgitwrote:

    I love your fabric choice!

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  • Toni-Maree Swrote:

    Gorgeous, I love your version. I already purchased the pattern, so thanks for making me feel better about my impulse buy 🙂

  • Draped in Cloudletswrote:

    This is so pretty, the skirt, the fabric, everything ♥

  • Kelli Wardwrote:

    this is amazing. I am obesessed with the fabric as well. you are on a roll these days with amazing and sexy makes. jealous.

  • eleynagomezwrote:

    OMG, that fabric, that drape. LOVE!!!

  • whatmissamydidwrote:

    Gorgeous! I have a serious case of wardrobe envy…

  • Unknownwrote:

    as clearly expressed by the masses, this is stunning. it may be one of my favorite pieces of clothing i’ve ever seen. ever.

  • bouquetofbuttons.bewrote:

    Your skirt is super lovely!

  • pootleandmakewrote:

    Roll on summer, it’s on the wish list. Love your skirt the print is gorgeous.

  • EllenSandwrote:

    Love your Gabriola-version. Beautiful fabric.
    And so many other nice clothes you have made. Love this one:http://cirque-du-bebe.blogspot.ca/2013/05/project-sewn-week-two-lets-pretend-its.html
    Ellen 🙂

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  • Neenowrote:

    Beautiful!! I want this pattern now!!

  • Cherrypixwrote:

    Lovely to see how beautifully this pattern works on a non-pear shaped person…looks fantastic on you – love the how the diagonal yoke pieces create a sleek line.

  • Rosiwrote:

    This skirt is so beautiful! And also looks very versatile – wear it with a singlet and pluggers and still feel so glamorous.

  • poppykettlewrote:

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting the line drawing I saw when I clicked over to the sewaholic link! What a gorgeous pattern – so much going on about it and just enough to make you look twice when sewing it up with a busy print like you have here. It’s simply gorgeous!!

  • angelawrote:

    Such a beautiful skirt! You will get lots of use out of this all summer long I am sure! Such a great pattern!

  • Amywrote:

    Wow, a stunner of a maxi. You have picked the perfect fabric! I love all those painterly periwinkles and purples…

  • Scruffybadgerwrote:

    I revisited following madalynes link….and can’t believe I didn’t leave a comment the first time. For sure this is the perfect maxi skirt and I adore your floaty floral fabric choice….and now we have sunshine here in England, it’s even more right! Wondrous 🙂

  • alyssawrote:

    I adore this skirt (and outfit)! You have an awesome eye for picking out the best fabrics. I can’t wait to sew up one of my own. Would you be able to share details on where you sourced your top and necklace too? What a gorgeous summer outfit!

  • Oh Gabriola how I love you! | Rachel In Redwrote:

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  • Jennywrote:

    Do you reckon I could lengthen the back to make a train? Thinking about using the Gabriola as skirt for my wedding dress.

  • Jennywrote:

    P.S. Sorry, I suddenly realised my comment seemed a bit out-of-the-blue. I love your gabriola – I loved the pattern when it was first released and I’ve been thinking about using it for wedding dress for a while, but yours is my favourite version that I’ve so far seen! I’m hoping to make my first Gabriola soon and will hopefully be using it to make a maxi dress later this year before embarking on my own Moby Dick, the Great White Lace… :/ So thanks for the extra added inspirational spur! Now I’ll get back to what I’m supposed to be doing, report-writing…!

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