Ok, so I made this skirt over a month ago (which is why this might feel like deja vu if you follow me on Instagram). It was for a friend’s wedding, and I wanted something dramatic but wearable. Which is exactly how I’d describe Gabriola.
This is my first little shot at a Sewaholic pattern, and hot damn I’m glad I did! There’s been a total love-in for this pattern since it was released, and I totally, totally get it.
I got advice from the great lady who runs Gold Thimble, just down the road, about what to use. I just knew I wanted a properly vibrant red, and she suggested this linen blend which has the most gorgeous weight and feel.
I love the construction of Gabriola – the shaping around the hips is so flattering, even with a tummy like mine. I have all sorts of thoughts about making more, in particular I’d love one in super slinky black. Aaand I want to experiment with a kind of mid-length one.
Here’s how mines looks inside. I just serged the edges and it seems to be holding quite nicely.
However, what kinda sucked was that, even though I did pre-wash the fabric (and that is super-disciplined for me!) I could tell something felt a bit weird about the waistline. It had nothing to do with the actual pattern; I think this fabric was just dying to have a wee stretch, so after a test wear (and even with interfacing) the waistband kinda pulled out a bit and I had to sneak in some extra seams to correct it.
My test run was out and about with a lovely group of ladies I volunteer with once a month. I’m a driver for a charity called Contact the Elderly and we visit different museums in Glasgow. That particular month, we were out at House for an Art Lover, which is a pretty interesting place. Basically it was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald in 1901, but never built. Then, in 1989 a Mackintosh fan and civil engineer, Graham Roxburgh, convinced people that it should really be done.
It’s pretty amazing to walk through and think, it’s exactly what they’d have wanted, but they never got to see it. And to realise how advanced and creative their ideas were for the time.
Anyway while we were there we took some pics!
First one to sing ‘Lady in Red’ gets ejected, tho.
Have you tried Gabriola? What did you think? Are you in love too? And what other Sewaholic goodness do you love?
Next up for me…? I’ve just had a bit of a fabric binge, so I’ve got some mad, but amazing, Alexander Henry Lucha Libre print to work on, some neon yellow chiffon, some teal crepe-back satin, some electric blue lace and some mad silvery knit stuff to work on. Should keep me going for a while.
I also just caught up with some blog reading to find that OWOP is coming. Which is exciting. I am trying to decide what pattern I’m using, but I am all in. Go sign up!
Just for fun here’s one more shot, from the wedding 🙂