Gabriola Skirt: Styling Inspiration

You guys! We are so excited about the new Gabriola Skirt pattern. I have lots of ideas swimming around in my head for various versions of this pattern. And I’m so excited to host another sew-along!

Tasia and I set up some share folders recently, and we use them to dump inspiration for various patterns, existing and future. It’s so fun to browse these photos, really inspiring. We love storing our styling ideas in here, and I am so smitten with this new pattern, I really wanted to share some of it with you!

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These are some of my favorite photos from our inspiration files. I think they really show the versatility of a maxi skirt. For some reason, when I wear a maxi skirt, I feel like I’m really making a statement. Look at me! I’m wearing this grand floor length skirt! Do you guys feel that way too? But maxi skirts are comfortable, modest, and versatile. Did I say comfortable? Because they are! With creative styling I think they can also look laid back and not necessarily scream “look at me”! Unless that’s what you’re going for, which is also awesome. Go you!


This would be so cozy! I must admit, basic black is first on my list for this skirt. So classic and versatile!



We always love a tie belt! This would be an easy and great add-on to the Gabriola. Add some belt loops or thread loops, and a tie belt. Love!



I could really see myself wearing this outfit on the weekend. Lots of layers, looks comfortable yet put together. Details here!


This would be a great transitional fall look, I could see myself wearing this to the office, a lunch meeting, interview, etc!


Wouldn’t a lace or eyelet version be so nice?


And of course, this skirt would be stunning in a slinky fabric, paired with a silk top for an evening look!

Hope this gets your creative juices flowing! I must admit, I went a little polyvore crazy. I think I’m late to the party, but I’m definitely a little obsessed.

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29 Responses to Gabriola Skirt: Styling Inspiration

  1. Jenny February 27, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Love them all! I just made a self-drafted maxi, but am dying to try this!

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      Your maxi skirt is so lovely!

      • Jenny February 28, 2014 at 8:22 am #

        Thanks Caroline! i actually made another as well that will be going on the blog soon :D

  2. Emily February 27, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    This was incredibly helpful, thanks so much! I just bought fabric for several different versions…I couldn’t decide between floral and neutral, so I got both! Can’t wait for the sewalong :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      I’m glad it was helpful :)

  3. Pretty florals February 27, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I often wear a maxi to work during the summer months. I love that they can be professional, all the while being floaty, comfy, trendy and light.

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      I agree!

  4. Elle February 27, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Gorgeous inspiration! When I wear a ton of layers I always feel kind of sloppy, but I really love the looks you’ve put together here! Makes me want this pattern even more than I already do. I especially love the lace skirt with the chambray top and the Swedish Hasbeens :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Elle! I love the hasbeens too. I’ve been dreaming of buying a pair for ages.

  5. Lelie // A Bouquet of Buttons February 27, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    I love your new pattern! I really like the green skirt, maybe I should make one of those :)

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Lelie! You should :)

  6. Sara February 27, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Love Polyvore! Also really late to the game. I could spend hours on it though so I have to stop myself from it. Love the inspiration photos – that neon skirt is AMAZING

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Isn’t it?? So striking!

  7. Stephanie February 27, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Oh yay! Love your inspiration pics. And those maxi+denim-top combos made my inner hippie wake up and do a happy dance. Definitely will be in this sew-along.

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie! Glad you’re in. :)

  8. Meganleiann February 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Sold! I completely wasn’t going to make this, since I have my year’s sewing already planned. However, suddenly I need it in at least three different fabrics!

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Haha I’m glad I sold you on it! Yay!

  9. Sasha February 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    There is something very feminine about a maxi skirt … I never had one but I think I would like to give it a try… maybe this summer … the pattern seems really fun to sew

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

      It is, really fun and quite simple! It’s a really satisfying make. Hope you give it a try. :)

  10. gayle rush February 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    ok i love the skirt and i understand that it starts on March 17th….i am confused…do you show a pattern then and how are all these people making the skirt already? sorry to be so dumb but i am new here. thanks for any info you can provide .

    • Caroline Amanda February 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

      Hi Gayle. Not to worry, those are good questions! These photos are actually not of the Gabriola skirt, they are just other skirts that look similar. We put together this post for inspiration, so you can see all of the different fabrics and combinations you can use for your own version of the Gabriola skirt. Hope this makes sense!

  11. Sarah February 28, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Lovely styling ideas – I think these sorts of images can be so helpful! It’s a really chic pattern, well done :)

  12. Sue February 28, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    I’ve planned my first Gabriola from a silk, cotton and lycra mix – colour is “mink”, just waiting for the pattern. I also have a coordinating top planned. I am so excited!

  13. Wear A Wyatt March 2, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    hmmmmm- after just reading about The “Sew Dramatic, Sew Gabriola” Competition I thought , Love the shape, but… nah not for me – I wouldn’t wear it after .. Duhhh wrong! after reading this I’m now off to order my pattern – Thanks XX

    • Caroline Amanda March 3, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Yay! You’re welcome :)

      • Wear A Wyatt March 25, 2014 at 2:06 am #

        OMG , I’ve just finished my first Gabriloa …and I LOVE it!! this wont be my first – i bought more fabric at weekend for my next – will send pics asap XXX

        • Caroline Amanda March 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

          Yay! So glad you love it! :)

  14. Nadeen March 2, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Do you think this pattern could work in a stable knit, or would it be too heavy? Thanks!

    • Caroline Amanda March 3, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Nadeen! It may work, but I would definitely go down a size or two. The best way to tell if it’s too heave is probably to hold the fabric yardage required in your hands, and drape it around your waist. If it feels too heavy, it probably will be! Hope this helps :)