At Long Last: the Gabriola Skirt

by Nadine on October 9, 2014

I finished this skirt just in time for my brother-in-law’s wedding last month. (I hemmed it two nights before — with the game-changing help of my handy, multitalented husband.)


Pattern: Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic
Fabric: Heavy-ish stretch cotton from Designer Fabrics — $7/yd.
Size: Cut a size 4, shaved down the hips in construction.
Hemming Stress Level: Through. The. Roof.

Excuse the bad ironing job. Just showin’ off the yoke panels. 

Sizing Issue:

I took Aspen’s advice and didn’t worry too much about grading between the waist/hip sizes. I made the smallest size I could squeeze into — the fabric had plenty of stretch so I (correctly) assumed I could get away with a 4 — then shaved down the hips after I pieced it together.

Sewaholic patterns are for pear-shaped gals. I’m pretty hip-less. Adjustments were made.

Waistband Issue:

The waistband stuck straight up, away from my body.

Quick solution: I created darts in the waistband, lining them up with the side seams. The end result was a little chunky on the inside, but my belt helped smooth things out. (Ideally, I’d eventually take apart the waistband and make it look prettier. But who am I kidding?)

Fashion on a budget:

My wedding outfit cost $30.

I think I’m going to become some sort of sewing evangelist. “You will save money!”

I paired my new skirt with the (free) Belcarra blouse, an old belt I purchased for a wedding in 2010, cubic zirconia earrings my aunt gave me in my teens, and my go-with-everything leather Clarks. (Broken toes take forever to heal. I’m not back to heels yet.) Even the lipstick cost nada, thanks to my sister-in-law who used to work at a drugstore and blessed the ladies with free stuff last Christmas.

Dolly Parton once said of her iconic look: “It cost a lot of money to look this cheap.”

I, however, believe in spending no money to look expensive.

Hoedown, anyone?

Long skirt perks:

I felt classy, had extra fun on the dance floor thanks to the swish factor, and acquired a few alteration skills.


Did I mention the hemming? Ugh.

Also, if I pair the skirt with a white button-up blouse (with puffed sleeves), I turn into Anne Shirley, second movie. True story. (Which isn’t really a bad thing. At all.)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

aspen @ little green orchids October 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

It’s absolutely beautiful! And what a peach your man is for helping you. :) I had the same complaint about the waistband, and after asking for help on it during the sew along, it was clear that in the future I need to draft a curved waistband. I’ve earmarked this tutorial for next time:


Nadine October 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for the tip and link! That’s exactly what the skirt needed.
I guess I’ll have to make another one :)


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