I am sure by now you’ve all been introduced to Gabriola, the newest skirt pattern by Sewaholic, or at least I hope you have because she’s a beauty! It takes the simple and beloved maxi skirt to a whole new, incredibly flattering, level. The angled hip yokes not only add visual interest, but also shaping and contouring that skims and hits in all the right places. I like that there are so many options to play with color-blocking and grain directionality of those yokes.
I opted for a classic black for my first version of this skirt because it will be a great staple in my wardrobe. It’s made from a silk-poly crepe from Mood that has a nice weight and a slight stretch. I was afraid that the sheen may seem too plasticy when I was mid construction and made several frowny faces at that Katy can attest to… But once it was finished and I put it on I really liked it.
As far as construction goes this skirt sews up very quickly, as you would expect, but I do recommend labeling each of the yoke pieces as you cut your fabric to save confusion later as there are many pieces that are all about the same shape and size. I would also stay-stitch those very soon after cutting to prevent any distortion along sections cut on a bias. I actually serged all my pieces before putting any of them together as the crepe I was using was really prone to fraying, and I wouldn’t have to worry about finishing any of the seams later.
One note I would make is about the length of the skirt – I am not exceptionally tall, 5’5″, but I do have proportionally longer limbs due to a shortish torso, so perhaps it’s just me, but to achieve this length I only turned up the serged lower edge once and topstitched, so there really wasn’t enough length for a proper hem on me – but that is very easy for me to adjust for in the future and I tend to like my maxi skirts to skim the ground.
I think I will opt for a printed, lighter fabric for my next Gabriola, the seams unfortunately show through on the hip yokes a bit on this one because of the weight of the fabric.
3 yards Black Crepe
1 invisible zipper
1 skirt/pant hook
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Scarf: Vintage Oscar de la Renta (gift from my sister)