Monday, March 3, 2014

Sewaholic has done it again!

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
Shoes:  Seychelles
Earrings:  Macys


  1. I do love Tasia's patterns. I live in the same city as her and was lucky enough to meet her once and she is as delightful in person as she is on her blog.
    I was still a little undecided on if I wanted to add this skirt to my collection - I'm 5'2" AND I prefer no waistbands, but your write up is making me reconsider. Thank you. (That's a sincere thank you.)

  2. This is such a flattering pattern, it drapes beautifully. Love the fabric you've chosen.

  3. Gorgeous! I agree with your comment about waist bands and skirts not doing a swivel around your body when you wear them - it is so annoying.
    Your cardigan is so beautiful that it is really inspiring me to learn to knit!

  4. I love your blog, and I envy your skills and taste. Keep up the good work.
    Sandy Corey

  5. This is so gorgeous!! I so enjoy your blog and your incredible sewing skills.

  6. There is a sweeping elegance to this foot grazing skirt that is so very, beautifully, memorable.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. I went right over and ordered a copy. It looks like a great skirt, and I, too, really like waistbands.

  8. This is absolutely beautiful. I happen to like skirts that sit at the waist as well and I really need to order this pattern.

  9. This skirt looks so beautiful and goes well with your sweater. The fabric print is so elegant. I love maxi skirts but they don't seem to really like me -- I just need a few more inches of height!

  10. Gorgeous! And it really pairs so nicely with your cardigan. I too can see a shorter version. Very pretty outfit!