[sewing] Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt

Sewing for grown-ups / Monday, August 8th, 2016

We’ve seen maxi skirts make a great come back these last few years and of course I couldn’t resist after seeing all the beauties over the internet. There are more and more patterns being released and it gets easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. I knew I didn’t want a knit skirt so I had to chose between two candidates: the Gabriola by Sewaholic Patterns or the Fumeterre by Deer and Doe. Looking at the techical drawings, I found the first one to be more interesting and with a more flattering overall silhouette.

Sewaholic Patterns – Gabriola
Dee and Doe – Fumeterre

The skirt panels of the Gabriola flare out a little, which means the swoosh factor will be better than a simple elongated A-line skirt.


I found the fabric when we went to Bennytex with my friend Catherine. It is a stretch cotton, maybe a gabardine and I chose the matte side of the fabric, which I think was originally the wrong side. I hesitated between this solid colour and a print fabric but really wasn’t sure it wouldn’t be too much for me. The length of the skirt is already a statement in itself, so I thought I’d stay on the safe side.


As to the construction, there’s nothing very complex, especially since it doesn’t have pockets : a few panels, the yokes pieces, a zipper and the waistband. I’m not happy with what I did with the waistband – I should work on these, since I’m not really good at waistbands.

I still haven’t worn it a whole day, mostly because my tops don’t really go well with it. Since it’s a high waisted skirt, I would need a top that is fitted at the waist and not too long. Typically the kind of top I’ve stopped wearing after my pregnancy. I am going to think about it, I thought it could look good with a plain white t-shirt. What do you think?


Pattern :  Gabriola Skirt – Sewaholic Patterns / Fabric : stretch cotton, gabardine (?) from Bennytex / Size : 14-16 / Modifications : length shortened, waist cinched

  • What I liked most:

The overall line, the pattern pieces, the instructions.

  • What I liked less

The absence of pockets, the straight waistband, the difficulty in fitting the skirt.

I would add that I’m not used to wearing this kind of skirt, so I have to be very careful in the stairs, either when going up or going down,  but it’s inherent to this kind of skirt.


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