Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns
Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Hello sewing world! I'm busy dusting off all the cobwebs in this ol' blog because it's been like THREE months since I last did a blog post. Whaaaaaa? Bad Julia!

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Even though I've been absent on the posting front, I promise I have still been in a working relationship with Jan my Janome. In fact, I've got a whole bunch of outfits to share with you in the next few months to prove it!

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

The Pattern
And here is the first one, the Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns. I made this skirt quite a while ago and I can tell you I have worn it a zillion times already!


Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Fabric
The fabric is a stunning silk from Tessuti Fabrics. The moment I saw it on their website I knew I had to have it.  It has such a beautiful drape and is so dramatic in this maxi skirt.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

What I love
This has to be my favourite of the Sewaholic patterns that I have made so far. The full skirt is perfect for the wider hip, and the delicate yoke pieces at the waist make for a close fitting but comfortable mid section.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

Changes
I shaved some of the flounce out of each skirt piece near the hem to narrow the circumference of the hem by about 20cm. It was an alteration out of necessity as I didn't have enough fabric for the wide pattern pieces and had to compromise. Thankfully the skirt still has lots of fullness.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns


Look out for
The waist/hip yolk pieces buckled slightly along the side seam. I think that next time I make this skirt (because I plan to make many more!) I might cut those pieces on the straight grain to see if that changes the issue. It's not very noticeable and a good press does help, but I'm always looking to avoid bumpiness on my hips!

Conclusion
I love this skirt! It is swooshy and feminine and I feel l'm the star in a romantic movie when I wear it. KnowwhatI'msaying? This pattern will definitely be making another appearance in my sewing room.

Julia Bobbin - The Gabriola Maxi Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns

37 comments:

  1. So glad you're back, and with a beautiful skirt too! xo

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    1. Thank you!! It's good to be back. I can't believe I've been away for so long!

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  2. Julia, the skirt is stunning! Hurry up to show the rest of your finished outfits! Let me guess, together with the Gabriola skirt you are wearing the Nettie? :)

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    1. You are awesome, thank you! You may be onto my next blog post reveal ;) But in a different colour. This one is actually a bodysuit that I had purchased pre-Nettie release!

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  3. Absolutely stunning outfit. I like the slightly reduced flare too. The drape is just perfect. And I think I spy a Nettie too. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much! I really like the result with the reduced flare too. :)

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  4. Julia! Utterly superb lady, the perfect marriage of pattern and fabric if ever there was one. I too had some slight bumpiness down the side at the hips, wonder what it is all about...

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    1. Sophie I love you! I'm thinking the bumpiness is a result of two bias cut pieces coming together. I'm determined to eliminate next time around. Thanks for such a lovely comment :)

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  5. I experienced the same with the side seams and reduced the curve on the side/hip which helped a bit. I also raised the yokes a bit because I wanted them to hit higher on my hip area (and I'm a tall girl). I really adore your skirt - think I might have to make myself one more...or two :-)

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    1. Thank you! You know, I wouldn't mind raising the yokes a tad too, just for a different proportion :)

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  6. oh this is soo pretty! What is the lippie your wearing? I love this whole look

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    1. Thanks so much! It's the Matte Multiple by Nars in 'Siam'. It's my absolute favourite lipstick at the moment!

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  7. Brilliant fabric choice - the skirt IS gorgeous. Think you have just encouraged me to make my first sewaholic pattern.

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    1. Hooray! You won't regret it. And thank you!

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  8. Stunning as always! Loving these modern silhouettes on you!

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    1. I'm really enjoying these mode modern pieces too! Thanks lovely lady :)

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  9. Not once in you pics can I see how the skirt hangs.

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    1. oh dear, you're right. Sorry I hadn't noticed! It's just me and my husband taking photos and sometimes I forget the basics! I'll be better next time I promise :)

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    2. P.s. i've also just added another photo.

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    3. Geez... someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed and forgot their manners it would seem! sheesh.

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  10. I adore this! It's been on my radar for a while and you've paired it with such a divine silk that it's simply gorgeous - lovely work ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad I found a pattern to do this silk justice!

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  11. Oooh! Hello Lovely!! Gorgeous gorgeous skirt!! This pattern is so romantic, and I absolutely adore that silk you paired it with. And by 'adore' I mean I literally petted my computer screen when I saw it! This is an awesome look on you. Love.

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    1. Hahaha! Oh Miss Sallie, I have been guilty of doing the exact same thing to many of your garments :)

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  12. gorgeous skirt! love the fabric, it must be heavenly to wear!

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  13. Great skirt! Looks great on you! The fabric is fantastic! Welcome to my blog http://maryamistress.blogspot.ru

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  14. I made this skirt as well ad it is one of my favorite me-made items to date. You look smashing, Julia!

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  15. I did a pattern test for this one, sewaholic confirmed that not bias cutting those yoke bits would do the trick, I had the same bunching issue, I think thicker less drapey fbrics do it

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  16. B-E-A-U-tiful! And that dramatic scooped back with your gorgeous skirt, yeah, I can see the leading-lady feeling. :-)

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  17. Pretty!! That fabric is amazing, and works so well in this skirt. I wouldn't have thought you reduced the circumference of the hem, it still looks quite swishy!

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  18. Welcome back lovely! This is such a lovely skirt- that fabric has such a nice drape and it looks so swishy. Perfect for summer fun- if only the weather would warm up!

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  19. Ooooh I recognise that fabric! Amazing! I've made a couple of dresses in the 'cracked glass' colourway. Wish I had this one too. Amazing skirt. It will be so beautiful to wear!

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  20. Gorgeous skirt Julia - I can only imagine the swish factor when walking down the street in this :) SO glad to see you back in blogging action!

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  21. Really beautiful pairing of pattern and print! Gorgeous skirt.

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