I got to be a pattern tester for Sewaholic’s latest pattern the Gabriola (GABE-ree-ola) skirt! I didn’t really have enough time, but I’m never going to have more time so I’m happy I did it. Having a deadline that actually mattered to someone else gave me more motivation. This is a super cool skirt anyways, I have never owned a maxi skirt (beyond a couple formal dresses) and I’m still not sure if the style is me (I can’t exactly wear a sweeping rayon maxi skirt with 2-3 feet of standing snow on the ground), but I can always cut it off (I actually never hemmed it for that reason…).
Pattern: Sewaholic 1401 Gabriola Skirt
Fabric: Black rayon. I was heavily influenced by one of the sample photos Tasia sent the other pattern testers and I, she just looked so sleek in the black version I couldn’t resist. I personally think this skirt shines in solid colors.
Design Likes/Dislikes: Since I was a pattern tester, the version of the pattern I have wasn’t a final product so I hope a few things have changed since then because I had a hell of a time getting all the panels to fit into a neat point in the front – they just didn’t fit! The waistband instructions were lacking too, I ripped my waist band completely off and redid it.
That said, I still think this is a super awesome skirt. The panels hug my hips and the flair of the skirt is dramatic in motion. At knee length I could see owning 5 more of these skirts in every color. And the panels could be in different colors or have a trim between them to make the lines pop.
Sizing and Fit: I made a size 4 and I think the fit is pretty good. The skirt sits at my natural waist and the side panels fit very well, no fiddling with the side seams at all. I cut a couple inches off the bottom.
For Next Time: Piping or a bright color like blue or green.