Gabriola Skirt: Join us for the Sew-Along!

I’m so excited to host another sew-along! This time I’ll be walking you through the sewing steps for the Gabriola Skirt, with some extra tips, tricks, and random tid-bits mixed in. It’s going to be fun! I hope you’ll join me.

The Gabriola sew-along will officially begin Monday, March 17th, 2014. But of course, as usual, the posts will always be here and we’ll be going at a very manageable pace. You’ll be able to catch up or pick it up whenever you’d like.

Here is the sew-along badge, you can put this on your blog if you’d like!


Right-click the image to save it to your computer. If you’d like to add a link to your badge, use this one to find all of the Gabriola Sew-Along posts quickly and easily.

If you’d like to use our photos of the Gabriola skirt in your blog posts, go right ahead! Just please be sure to link back to Sewaholic if you do.

This skirt is a fun and fairly quick project. We’ll begin our skirts on March 17thth, and we’ll be finishing up on March 31st.

** Gabriola Sew-Along is now complete but feel free to refer to the posts! Here is the list of what we covered. **

Gabriola Skirt: Styling Inspiration

Gabriola Sew-Along: Let’s Talk Fabric and Supplies!

Gabriola Skirt: Grading Between Sizes

Tips for Adding Lining to the Gabriola Skirt

Gabriola Sew-Along #1: Waistband and Yokes

Gabriola Sew-Along #2: Assembling Skirt Panels

Gabriola Sew-Along #3: Attaching Skirt and Yoke Pieces, Preparing for Zipper and Waistband

Gabriola Sew-Along #4: Sewing Center Back Zipper

Gabriola Sew-Along #5: Attaching Waistband to Skirt

Gabriola Sew-Along #6: Finishing Inside of Waistband

Gabriola Sew-Along #7: Hemming Skirt, Attaching Button or Hook and Bar

Super manageable right? I will be here every step of the way if anyone has any questions, comments, or really anything at all to add!

Once the sew-along is complete, we’ll get to share our skirts with each other! This is my favorite part. Yay!

If you’re planning on participating (or just following along!), I would love to hear from you in the comments. I can’t wait to walk everyone through sewing this lovely and flattering maxi skirt!

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58 Responses to Gabriola Skirt: Join us for the Sew-Along!

  1. Linda February 26, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    I’m in…I had such fun doing Saltspring with you. A sewalong keeps me on task especially since I like to have two sewing projects going at the same time….I know..I know!

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      Awesome! Glad to have you joining us. :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Thanks for joining again Linda. Yay!

  2. Kerry February 26, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Yes, my pattern has just arrived. I am hoping to add some diagonal bound pockets to the front yokes too

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      That’s a great idea Kerry! We love pockets here :)

  3. Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Ohh, I love the idea of pockets. I’ll follow the sew along for sure although I might not get to mine for a while. I’m thinking a single in-seam stash pocket with invisible zip along the front yoke might be a perfect addition for me. Something big enough to carry ID and a little cash. I’ll probably shorten the length, too. I love maxi skirts on others, but I find them inconvenient for climbing in and out of my vehicle and chasing after my boys.

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      I am hoping to try a shorter length too! I think a below knee length would be really classy. Thanks for joining!

  4. Emma February 26, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    So excited about this pattern, Tasia! Quick question – I am hourglass shaped, so according to the sizing, I’m between a 14 and a 16 at the waist and a 12 in the hips. I can grade up or down, but as this pattern seems to hug both the waist and hips, what pattern size should I cut?

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Emma! I would cut based on your waist measurement. You can always take in the hips before you attach your waistband if you prefer to have the skirt hug you in that area. It would also be just fine if it was a bit looser around the hip area, it is meant to be flowy and effortless. Let us know if you have any other questions! You can also e-mail us at info[at] with fitting questions.

      • Emma February 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

        Thanks so much!

  5. Emily February 26, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Hooray, I will definitely be joining along! And it’s just in time for my birthday – great planning :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Awesome! Glad to have you Emily. And an early happy birthday to you!

  6. Paula February 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Tasia, I’m new to your blog, and I have to tell you…. I’m SO excited to start sewing again, and learning to knit – you are so inspiring! I want to join you for the Gabriola sew-along, but I need to order the pattern. My question is this: it says that the pattern is for more of a pear shape, smaller waist and larger hips, but I’m pretty boy-shaped, straight up and down. Will it still work out for me? And I’m kind of a beginner sew-er, so I wonder if this would be a good skirt for me to try at first? Thanks, and again… I LOVE your blog!

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Paula. I think this is a great beginner project! Plus the sew-along will go into more details than the instructions, with lots of photos and you can always ask questions if needed. I also think the shape of this skirt could totally work for you. Just cut your size based on your waist measurement, and you can take in the hips at the side seams if needed, although I don’t think you’ll need to because this style will look just fine if it’s a bit looser around the hips. Hope you decide to join us!

      • Paula February 27, 2014 at 5:30 am #

        Thanks Caroline! I definitely will join you! I’m off to order my pattern :)

  7. Miss Crayola Creepy February 26, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Wooo hoo! I’m going to Mood to pick up some fabric next weekend!

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Yay Erin! So glad to have you, as always :)

  8. Suz February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Can’t wait! :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Yay! Me either! Thanks for joining :)

  9. Glory February 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow i’m interested to join.

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Great! Looking forward to having you follow along :)

  10. Athena Loucas February 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I will be joining you. This will be my first sew along. i am just not pleased with the quality of clothing in stores, and I just don’t have the kind of money to buy high-end clothing. I did your Cambie dress in a muslin, and it is the first time I did not have to modify a pattern. Pears unite!

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      That’s so great Athena! So glad you’ll be joining us :)

  11. veelau February 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Just ordered the pattern! This will be fun; I love sewalongs.

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      It will be fun for sure! Thanks for joining :)

  12. Sue February 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    This is my first Sewaholic pattern (I’m always a bit perturbed by the comments about hips and curves as I don’t have either!), and I’m really excited as it’s also my first sewalong. Unfortunately I’ll be travelling for a few days in the middle, but I’ll catch up!

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks for joining Sue! Don’t worry about falling behind, we’re going at a totally manageable pace and the posts will always be there for you to go back to if needed.

  13. Marissa February 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I would love to participate! How do I get my pattern?

  14. Sophie-Lee February 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I’ve never actually followed a sewalong before – maybe I’ll try and do this one, so long as I can get the pattern in time (I buy from Sewsquirrel and apparently she’s expecting it to arrive 10 March)

    • Caroline Amanda February 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      I’d love for you to join! Don’t worry if you don’t get your pattern on time, you will be able to catch up, we are going at a totally manageable pace :)

  15. Stephanie February 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    How fun! I added the sew along to my social sewing calendar ( so hopefully a few new participants will click over!

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

      Thank so much Stephanie!

  16. Stephanie February 27, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    In like Flynn. Pattern has been ordered and out Saturday fabric hunting.

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

      Yay! So glad you’re in. Thanks for joining!

  17. aspen @ little green orchids February 27, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Oh I’m so excited about this! I’m a fairly new sewer and a brand new blogger, and have never done a sewalong before…I prefer to just blog stalk and watch everyone else do them. :) But I think I need to dive in and do this one! I’m a big sewaholic fan and have learned so much from this blog! Now to find the right fabric…

  18. aspen @ little green orchids February 27, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    I’ve just ordered my pattern, and am wondering if there is somewhere I can find fabric recommendations and fabric amount requirements in the meantime?

  19. Jeff February 27, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I love maxi skirts/maxi dresses for summer. To me, they create a slenderizing, long vertical feminine profile. The end of March is great timing for completion before the spring/summer season, although with this winter here in the U.S, who knows!! I thought I might try the sewalong although I’m not very accomplished. I think that would be a great way to force myself to finish a project and learn more at the same time. It looks like even a beginner like myself should be able to keep up :) .

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      Awesome! Hope you decide to join :) Don’t need to be accomplished, the Gabriola skirt is not hard to sew and I will be with you every step of the way!

  20. MaryEllen February 27, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    I’m in, but nervous… I’m a brand new sewist and not certain I can do this.

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      You can do it! We’ll be here to help you along if you have any question. It will be fun!

  21. Patti February 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    My pattern is ordered – and I have a fabric stash – I’m in.

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      Yay! So glad you’re joining in Patti.

  22. Lelie // A Bouquet of Buttons February 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I ordered the pattern so I can sew along. Let’s hope it will reach Belgium in time :)

  23. Sam March 1, 2014 at 4:57 am #


    I know it says intermediate level on this pattern but do you think a beginner can do it with the help of a sew along?

    I have been sewing soft furnishing for a year now, but really want to have a go making an item of clothing. However, I know that if I am going to make something it has to be something I really want to wear. I think this pattern is perfect as I have couple of similar skirts that I wore last summer on holiday. You are definitely right that I spent years thinking that being 5’2 I could not wear maxi dresses only to give them and go and discover they look just as good as short ones if not better.

    Do you think it is doable as a relative beginner?

  24. Laura March 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Just purchased my Gabriola pattern and am very excited about my first sewalong! Me thinks a little fabric shopping is on the agenda for this week. :)

    • Caroline Amanda March 3, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      So glad you’re joining us Laura!

  25. Elizabeth March 7, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    I’m in! That is as soon as my copy comes in the mail!! Looking so forward to this make!! Also thanks for the inspiration post, helpful to visualize what I will pair it with!

  26. Sandra March 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    This skirt is lovely. Especially the Yoke makes it flattering to the silhouette. This will be my first sew along, I am so excited. I ordered the pattern, got the fabric and supplies.
    Looking forward to get started.

  27. Ruth March 13, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    My pattern’s just arrived and fabric is on its way so hopefully I’ll be joining in too! I love the look of this skirt so really looking forward to sewing it up!

  28. rebeccadoe March 13, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I was hoping the pattern would be arriving here from my german retailer before the sewalong starts. And so it did :-)
    I’m onboard and looking forward to it!
    Herzliche Grüße,


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