Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt in Silk Cotton Voile

15 Apr




Howdy, friends! I hope you have had a good Tax Day (ha!). I have another finished sewing project for you today — the newly released Sewaholic Gabriola skirt.




Let me start off by saying how much I love my finished skirt. It is flowy and feminine and manages to be elegant and casual at the same time. The first chance I had to wear it was this past weekend when we took a mini vacation to New Orleans. I wore the skirt while strolling through the French Quarter and then eating the best brunch ever at Restaurant R’evolutionย — beer battered crab beignets, ’nuff said. Then we headed to the Audubon Zoo and I swished about in my fine skirt among all the animals. I am pretty sure I overheard some of the zebras singing its praises.




I love the seam lines of this skirt — I wish Tasia had released this pattern a few months earlier as it is very similar to the self-drafted one I made in August for the Grand Summer Ball (that skirt has since been sacrificed to make other projects). Of course, I like her version better.





My fabric is the delightful “Georgia” silk-cotton voile from Sawyer Brook Fabrics. It has a smooth hand and a great drape for a project like this. It is a bit sheer so I lined it with white Ambiance Bemberg, also from Sawyer Brook. Because both my shell and lining fabrics were only 43″ wide, I had to have 5 yards of each, meaning this was not the most economical project ever. But I know I will wear this skirt a lot this spring and summer. In fact, I am thinking about wearing it as part ofย my Easter outfit this Sunday.




Now let’s talk construction — this was not the easiest make ever. Because many of the seams are cut on the bias, you have to be very careful to stabilize those edges before handling the piecesย too much. I wish for the sake of beginning seamstresses that the pattern instructions called for this. I used extremely fine fusible woven stay tape from Emma Seabrooke on all my bias seams.

I also wish she had outlined other possible seam finishes for various fabrics. I used French seams for the shell and stitched and serged seams for the lining. The French seam caused a small hiccup at the point in the front but it was pretty easy to make work.




I substituted the curved waistband from the Megan Nielsen Tania culotte pattern as several reviewers noted that the included straight waistband tended to gape. I also replaced the prescribed regular centered zip with an invisible one and I attached the lining to the zip by machine.




For hemming, a very sweet local seamstress (who does alterations in her home), marked by hem for me and I stitched it up using 1/4″ Steam-A-Seam for a clean and even finish. I used the rolled hem on my serger to hem the lining about 1″ shorter than the shell.

Overall, I love my new skirt but beginning seamstresses should proceed with caution before cutting this pattern out.

Thanks for reading along and have a happy Easter!



12 Responses to “Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt in Silk Cotton Voile”

  1. kathyes April 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Gorgeous!!! I love the fabric you chose!
    Btw, sorry I did not answer your email a while back — I do not have a blog or anything.
    I did reserve the name here on WordPress thinking I might someday start one.
    Again, sorry about that — I was not trying to be elusive — I intended to respond and forgot!!! I really enjoy reading yours!!!!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Thank you, Kathy! No worries about the email. Thanks for reading and commenting — it makes my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Katie E April 16, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    You look beautiful! Do you think the skirt could be made to have an expandable waist? Your sister needs some new summer clothes to fit her expanding belly ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Annette April 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    I nominated you for the Sunshine and Shine On award. See my blog for more info.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you so much, Annette! You are so sweet to think of me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sassy T April 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm #



  5. IngeMaakt April 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I love this, it looks so fun and summer-y (is that a word in english? ๐Ÿ™‚ )


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