By now, I am sure most of you have heard all about Sewaholic’s latest offering: just in time for the warm weather, here is “Gabriola” - also know as the perfect maxi skirt. And I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester!
This skirt sits at the waist – which is brilliant!! That means the skirt is going to stay put instead of rotating every time I get up until the side seams are working their way towards center front. (I realize that a waistband that actually sits at the waist may not work for everyone, but I am personally thrilled with this feature.)
The yoke detailing is my favorite part of the pattern, and really elevates the look from just another long skirt to something much more special. Even if the style lines are hard to see with the print I chose, the silhouette that is created flares from the lower hip instead of the waist and makes it that much more flattering.
If I was forced to admit I was unhappy with any part of the design, it would be the large yardage requirement. But, given that any maxi length skirt or dress is going to use tons of fabric, it is a minor irritant.
That being said, I think this would also make a fantastic knee-length or mini skirt. Although the season is quickly passing, I think Gabriola would work beautifully in a lightweight wool with a shorter hemline.
As I was waiting for the hemline to drop on this skirt, my first Knit for Victory sweater was on my dress form and I realized that it complimented the navy in the rayon print very nicely indeed. I just love when things work out like that!
This is my first rather winter appropriate styling for the skirt, but I am absolutely positive it will be getting a whole lot of wear this summer! And when the hot weather once again turns chilly, I have a feeling I am going to need a warm weather version of the skirt.
Sweater: Made by me, Cabled Cardi
Skirt: Made by me, Sewaholic’s “Gabriola” Maxi Skirt