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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