Introducing the next pattern… the Gabriola Skirt!

I’m excited to introduce the next pattern from Sewaholic Patterns today… the Gabriola Skirt!

gabriola skirt

The Gabriola Skirt is a flared maxi skirt that sits at the waist and falls to the floor.

gabriola maxi skirt

Many maxi skirts are shaped like a tube, straight up and down with no curves, but not this pattern. It’s flared to create a curvy A-line silhouette, narrowing the waist and elongating the body. Angled panels around the waist flatter the figure and look especially good in striped fabrics. Sew the yoke panels in a contrast fabric, or choose one fabric for the entire skirt. Looks great in printed fabrics as well as solids. A centre back zipper makes this skirt easy to construct with a very sophisticated result.

gabriola maxi skirt

I am about 5’3″ or maybe 5’4″ at the most, and I’m wearing flats in nearly all of these photos. And I don’t look short! I think it’s a myth that shorter women don’t look good in long skirts. We totally do!

gabriola maxi skirt

The floral print above is a lightweight viscose fabric, way lighter than I would normally choose to wear on my bottom half, and yet it works perfectly for a skirt like this. There’s enough flare so it doesn’t cling to the hips and thighs.

The striped fabric is a cotton-hemp blend that’s a little more crisp, so you can see how the silhouette will look in different fabrics.

gabriola maxi skirt in striped cotton hemp fabric

I love this newest pattern. This is one that I’m super excited to wear personally. I’ve waited forever to bring the samples home and wear them!

What inspired this pattern? I’ll tell you!

Two years ago, just before our road trip (because I remember wearing it in Salt Lake City) I bought a printed vintage 70’s cotton maxi dress, in a very loud purple and yellow print. I loved wearing a long skirt. I loved that it was A-line and because the skirt extends all the way the floor, the A-line is dramatically full and swishy. Yet this print is so wild and distinctive, you can’t wear it too many times like you could a more basic colour. (That and there are purple and yellow volcanoes on it.)

maxi dress inspiration

What if it was a skirt, instead of a dress? That way you could create more looks and outfits using the skirt as a starting point. I added more flare to the hem than the inspiration dress and the result is a skirt with gorgeous drape and movement. The new pattern design was inspired by the original dress, but it’s a more sophisticated garment.

black maxi skirt

Now that’s a pretty black skirt! It’s basic in colour, but in a sophisticated cut. Great for soft fabric with drape. The drapier, the better! Although it’s equally nice in a slightly crisper fabric. The striped cotton-hemp blend is more of a medium weight, with a coarser hand, and it’s still an awesome skirt. Even better in a way because it’s more durable and stands away from the body.

I’m on the short side, and many people consider maxi-skirts for tall women only. Not only do I not feel short, but I feel great in this skirt! I’m wearing flats in most of these photos. I hemmed it so it would touch the floor in flats, but swing above the ground slightly in heels.

printed maxi skirt

Long skirts are so dramatic, and in summer, easier to wear than pants! It’s better to have a loose, swishy skirt than pants clinging to your legs in the heat.

flared maxi skirt

It’s a really beautiful skirt that’s not that complicated to sew. If you can put in a zipper, you can make this skirt.

gabriola maxi skirt in paisley

What does the name mean? The Gabriola Skirt is named for Gabriola Island, an island off the coast of Vancouver Island, close to Nanaimo. It’s pronounced ‘GABE-ree-oh-la’ not ‘GABB-ree-oh-la’ in case you wondered! I’ve been on a Vancouver Island theme for pattern names, and much like Salt Spring Island, Gabriola Island is home to artists, potters and glass-workers, bed and breakfasts, scuba diving, even an alpaca farm. (I saw them, the alpacas, they’re literally reachable from the side of the road. If you are brave enough to try patting an alpaca, that is.) The beach has sandstone rather than sand, it’s very beautiful. Exactly the right place for wearing a long skirt in a casual outfit.

maxi skirt

This skirt is all about dramatic length. That’s the design and the vision for this pattern. However, a couple of pattern testers suggested that this skirt would be great shortened to knee length. I haven’t done it, but it would give you even more options for this pattern if you make shortened versions of the Gabriola skirt.


Photos by ImageryWorks – Leanne Scherp and Susannah Street

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160 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Gabriola Skirt!

  1. sewlittletime February 24, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    this is lovely! well done tasia – definitely another successsful one!

  2. Becky February 24, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    I’m so excited that everyone else finally gets to see this! I just blogged mine–made sure to wait until I saw your post first–and did some playing around with different tops to wear with it.

    I love the idea of shortening it for more versatility, too!

    • Emily February 24, 2014 at 6:51 am #

      So pretty – I love the contrasting bits! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Eleanor Humphrey February 24, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    so excited! yesterday I drew a maxi skirt in my sewists notebook (as recommended by your good self) with a question mark about the pattern. Full marks for anticipating my sewing needs before I knew I had them. I particularly like the version with stripes.

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      So glad I could read your mind and solve your pattern needs! Anything else you need? :)

  4. Jenny February 24, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    This skirt is beautiful! It’s just in time for my birthday! I would love to know if the floral fabric is for sale. That’s exactly what I would want.

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

      It’s from Telio, I can ask Caroline if she knows of any retailers that might have it! I did a quick search for ‘floral viscose fabric’ to see if an image would pop up but nothing.

      • Ali March 3, 2014 at 10:23 am #

        any news on where to buy the floral fabric? I’m loving it too!

  5. lisa g February 24, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    this is beautiful! i love the seaming details. another winner!

  6. Jaclyn February 24, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    Beautiful skirt, Tasia. Just in time for summer.
    Really love the drape & flow of the fabric.

  7. joelle February 24, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    this is a great skirt pattern! i love the design lines with the hip yoke. i’m still very sceptical about maxi skirts though… i love the idea, but feel a bit silly in them if it isn’t summer and sunny! although a midi lenght sounds very intresting!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

      Caroline’s putting together some styling ideas that might get you inspired! A maxi skirt looks great with a sweater and leather jacket, or blazer and top. Boots and leggings can hide underneath to keep you warm.
      Of course you can easily shorten the skirt to a midi length, if that’s more your thing!

  8. Bess February 24, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Oh, very nice! Unfortunately, I can’t wear long skirts at work (they’re not “professional” enough), but I’m thinking it would work quite well shortened to knee length! I love the paneling around the hip area.

    Also, if you don’t mind my asking — is the white top you’re wearing in the photos RTW or a pattern from somewhere? I’d love to know where you got it; it looks like a wonderful simple shell for the office.

    • Serena February 24, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      I second the query about the white top!

      • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

        You’ll find out soon! I’m being a tease, I know. Come back later this week (or tomorrow, in fact) to find out more about the white top!

    • Jaclyn February 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      I am surprised that long skirts are not considered “professional” enough. I would expect it to be the opposite!

      • Bess February 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        It’s really odd, but the most conservative outfit a professional woman can wear is a skirt suit. There are judges (the legal profession is one of the most conservative when it comes to clothing) that will send women lawyers home if they’re wearing a pants suit, although fortunately they are rare.

        It goes something like this:

        Most conservative:
        –skirt suit with a pencil/straight skirt that is just above to just below the knee, silk shell

        Slightly less conservative:
        –pants suit
        –pencil/straight skirt as above with silk or similar shell, plus a cardigan or blazer
        –knee-length sheath dress (pencil-type skirt on it), plus a cardigan or blazer

        Less conservative:
        –trousers with silk or similar shell, plus a cardigan or blazer
        –knee-length skirt of a shape other than pencil, but not very pleated or very full (no circle skirts, for example), top as above

        –dark washed jeans, top as above
        –knee-length dress with a skirt shaped other than pencil/straight

        Really relaxed:
        –anything else

        I’m an epidemiologist who interacts with patients regularly; I can wear up to “less conservative” from the list above, but would be subject to a reprimand if I wore anything off the “relaxed” or “really relaxed” list unless I was absolutely sure I wasn’t going to encounter the public (or hospital administrators) at all that day.

        Don’t ask me why such rules are what they are. They make no sense.

        • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

          This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

          What if the person in the conservative job doesn’t look good in pencil or straight skirts? I suppose with men’s suits, they have no choice about what their suit shape looks like. Interesting levels of formality. I would have thought a pantsuit was more conservative because you don’t see legs or heels and because it’s more unisex.

          • Bess February 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

            You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But there’s a lot of historical legacy in what is appropriate attire for women in the workplace (for men as well, of course, but it plays out differently), and for a long time it was considered inappropriate for women to wear pants. Then it was considered inappropriate for women to wear pants in formal settings, and now it’s only considered inappropriate for women to wear pants in very conservative professional settings. The legacy is still there, though.

            To my knowledge, it’s really rare that wearing a skirt suit is *required* — I have heard of a few judges who insist on it, and it might also sometimes be required in really conservative professions like accounting or finance, but I can’t speak to that personally. I’d say in almost all situations in almost all professions, you’re fine wearing a pants suit if a suit is required. Working in the medical field, there’s never been a situation in which I couldn’t wear trousers if I wanted.

            The pencil/straight skirt thing, though — you can veer off script and wear a more loosely cut skirt if you’re very sure of both your environment and the skirt itself. A-line on up skirts just aren’t considered as professional. If you don’t look good in pencil/straight skirts, well, you either find a skirt that still looks professional enough for your situation, you wear trousers, or you deal with not looking your best. It’s frustrating — and extra frustrating because men don’t have the same rules and aren’t judged on their appearance to the extent women are — but how you dress does influence how well you can perform your job in certain professions. (We can be offended by the judges who send women lawyers home when they don’t wear a skirt suit — I know I am — but that’s not a hill a lawyer should die on; lawyers are there to give their clients the best representation they can. Similarly, how I dress directly influences how I am perceived by patients and therefore how well I can do my job. It’s unfortunate but true.)

            • Melanie February 25, 2014 at 6:22 am #

              Thanks, Bess, for an in-depth look into another world — so interesting to read about! I appreciate your point about it not being a hill to die on — that’s something we can all relate to. I pick my battles on daily basis…

            • Visitor February 25, 2014 at 8:31 am #

              “A-line on up skirts just aren’t considered as professional.”

              A moderate A-line skirt with a matching tailored jacket should be all right.

              Dress codes for lawyers outside of the courtroom have been relaxing for some time, although it’s still easier to be a male lawyer.

              • Annie February 25, 2014 at 8:52 am #

                I agree. Dress codes for lawyers vary from workplace to workplace to a certain extent, but certainly a skirt or pant suit is not at all an everyday must nowadays. An outfit with a jacket is clearly more formal, but you have quite a bit of leeway in terms of skirt length, cut, and fabric. Much depends upon how you put together and accessorize the outfit. That said, a maxi skirt is not a realistic office option for a lawyer, though I think a midi skirt could be made to work (e.g., with a tailored short jacket).

            • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:26 am #

              Fascinating and thanks for all of the insights! Makes sense. I knew someone whose grandmother wasn’t allowed to wear pants, because the grandfather didn’t approve. And this is in the 2000’s, not that long ago. Isn’t that bizarre?

              I agree, how you dress has a huge impact on how you’re perceived. When I wear a blazer and a nice skirt, I’m treated more like a real adult. When I wear jeans and a casual sweater, I’m treated more like a teenager or young adult. Unfortunate, but true, and probably why we’re interested in clothing and sewing and everything else related to that!

          • Visitor February 25, 2014 at 8:28 am #

            The best alternative for a woman who doesn’t look great in a traditional skirt suit (especially with the jacket off) is a tailored jacket and matching sheath or A-line dress.

            • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:10 am #

              I think that would be my preference, although, I’m rarely in a situation that calls for extremely professional attire! Perhaps if I’m meeting with the bank or appearing on Dragon’s Den. :)

  9. Jenni February 24, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Love this, sorts my summer dressing issues in one pattern! Thanks Tasia x

  10. Samina February 24, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    I’ve never thought of myself as a maxi skirt-wearing girl, but I’m going to have to reconsider. I’m 5’1″ & think of myself as too short to pull that look off, but your version is very flattering. I’ll be ordering it, for sure!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      I’m only a little bit taller, and I loved the look of the design on me! Of course I might be a little biased :) but I do think it’s not limited to tall people only. The flared silhouette helps with that, and so does the tucked-in top.

      • Jenny February 25, 2014 at 10:49 am #

        I made my first maxi dress last summer and everyone said I looked taller rather than short (I’m only 5’2). I can’t wait to try more maxi styles.

      • Sassy T February 26, 2014 at 10:48 am #

        Am 5ft 1and I look fine. I think it’ s all to do with the top you wear and how you work it. I always feel cool when I wear a maxi.

  11. Emily February 24, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Aaaaah I am literally freaking out with excitement right now – I can’t wait to get my hands on this amazing pattern! Wow! Congrats on another fantastic creation. I know what I’ll be sewing and wearing this spring and summer!!

  12. Nadeen February 24, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Oh, this is lovely! It’s going to be a maxi summer for me! I’ve bought fabric for two maxi-length Saltsprings, and I think I need to make two of the Gabriola as well! The skirt is very striking in a stripe – I can’t wait to get started!

  13. Hanne February 24, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Great pattern! I adore the first floral version. I’m definitely making some maxi skirts for summer and now I know which pattern to pick!

  14. Kelly February 24, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Hm… this looks like a great base for building an opera ball gown! It really has a beautiful shape, you nailed it again!

  15. Amanda February 24, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    You’ve done it again – I am so in love with this design, Tasia! Not at all what I was expecting, in a good way. :) Extremely elegant.. but comfortable-looking at the same time. I love how you could make this just as easily for the office with ballet flats as you could for a summer wedding with heels!! I will definitely be ordering this pattern.

    Also – these photos turned out amazing!! They look like they came straight out of a fashion magazine.. :) !!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’ll be wearing it with ballet flats all summer long, or flat sandals, I really wanted the skirt to look wearable, not like a special-occasion-only design.
      I’m so glad you like the photos, I’m so happy with how they turned out!

      • Jenny February 25, 2014 at 10:51 am #

        Tasia, will you ride your bike to the office with a maxi? I’m always afraid of wearing skirts while bike riding

        • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 10:54 am #

          I don’t think I would – I’d be worried about possibly ruining the skirt! You could probably clip it up and out of the way, maybe, but I’m with you. The longest skirt I’ll wear is the long version of the Hollyburn, or the Lonsdale Dress, both are the same length.

  16. Nina February 24, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Gorgeous! It looks so elegant in all the versions – the stripy one looks quite Edwardian to me (first series of Downton), and the black one’s got me thinking it would make a perfect concert skirt for orchestra (I reckon it’ll be full enough for playing the cello). Also my sister’s always telling me maxi skirts are the answer to that summertime problem of waiting for your leg-hair to get long enough to wax again!!

    • Jeri Sullivan February 24, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Are you a cello player? I was too in my past life before hubby and kids came along!

  17. sonia February 24, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Love the panel detail! Lovely.
    My sewing machine broke, so I’m hand sewing at the moment. Very very tempted using your hand picked zip tutorial ( hope I named that technique correctly).

    Can you let me know, is the ease on upper and full hip the same as the hollyburn?

  18. Ally D February 24, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    WOW! I love love love this!!! So dramatic! So classy!!! One of my fav patterns to date

  19. Candis February 24, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    I just HAD to stop and say what a piece of perfection the striped version of your new skirt is.
    All of your stripes match up perfectly at the seams to create lovely chevrons. Really excellent work! Just went and looked at the pattern drawing. Creative and very flattering…I think you knocked it out of the ballpark…again!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you! I worked really hard to get those stripes just right. Especially since I knew it was going to be photographed, and in a clear way, not in a blurry-artsy way.
      But the good news is that I took plenty of notes so I could share my stripe-sewing tips for this skirt pattern! :)

  20. Annie February 24, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I think it would also work at a midi length, which should be wearable in office settings. I am tempted to try making this skirt, which would be my first experience at clothes-making. I’ve used a sewing machine for years, but only for hemming and simple taking-in. Tasia, do you think this is a good first sewing project?

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      This would be an adventurous first project. It’s not incredibly hard, but it’s not quite as detailed for a beginner as the Hollyburn Skirt. We’ll be doing a sewalong, Caroline is walking you through all of the sewing steps, so you’ll be in excellent hands if you do decide to tackle it.
      Hope this helps! Only you know your level of adventurousness and if you get frustrated easily, or like to push yourself to learn new things.

      • Annie February 25, 2014 at 9:04 am #

        Thanks, Tasia. I believe I am pretty adventurous, but perhaps I will consider some other patterns before picking my first project. Looking at the photos of your new maxi skirts more closely, I can see that there are details (especially around the hips) that could throw a beginner, and the paneling may not be easy, either.

        • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:08 am #

          The other thing you can do is watch the sewalong, and see if anything seems particularly challenging or confusing. If you read all of the posts and everything seems doable, then you’re good to go!
          If you are looking for a more beginner-friendly pattern the Hollyburn has more thorough instructions to help newer sewers.

  21. Hearthrose February 24, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    So beautiful! I’ll be recommending this pattern!

    At 5’2″, I wear a ton of maxi-skirts… they are definitely lengthening.

    • Morrigan Williams February 24, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      So true! I am 5’3 and look amazing in my high waisted maxi skirt! LOL

      • French Toast Tasha February 24, 2014 at 11:26 am #

        I agree! I’m not exactly tall, and my legs are short by proportion, but I LOVE wearing long skirts, and always find they make me look longer, not shorter. It’s a great look.

        • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

          Love it! Great to hear from all the other maxi-skirt fans :) I was surprised to feel tall in it, and I didn’t even feel like I needed massive heels to pull off the look. It’s so great to hear the same thing from you as well!

    • Sassy T February 26, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      hear, hear. So slimming to.

      • Sassy T February 26, 2014 at 10:54 am #

        ‘too’ even

    • Sassy T February 26, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Great pattern Tasia. Am looking forward to seeing all the interpretations.
      Sassy Sewing Bees

  22. allie February 24, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    This is lovely! This may be my very first sewaholic pattern purchase :)

  23. Maureen Russell February 24, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Beautiful skirt! Can hardly wait to make this one.

  24. Susan February 24, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    Love this and you’ve given me some great inspiration for a winter maxi skirt! I also love the short sleeve tops you’re wearing – are they possibly going to be from an upcoming pattern?

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Maybe… come back later this week to find out more! ;)

  25. ladykatza February 24, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    OH EM GEE! I think you were reading my mind when I thought “I need something to wear on the cruise”. I love it, bought it the second I saw it. Thank you!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      I’ve never been on a cruise but I could picture it being just perfect for a warm holiday!

  26. Linda February 24, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Just adorable! I ordered mine and will make a few for vacation this summer in Boulder, Co the perfect place to wear this skirt…..AND everywhere else, too!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      It’s going to be a great vacation skirt!

  27. Anna February 24, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    That skirt is BEYOND gorgeous!!!!! I love maxi skirts, and this is my new absolute favorite. Tasia, you are amazing!! :)

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      Thank you! :)

  28. Katja February 24, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Oh, I love maxi dresses and skirts. I made several last year and practically lived in them all summer long! Way better that pants!
    However this particular pattern might have to wait until summer ’15, as I’ll be developping quite the bump this summer ….
    But congrats on another wonderful pattern, you rock!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      Congrats on the bump! :) I can see why you’ll have to pass on this skirt for now, but think of all the inspiring versions you’ll get to check out by the time you’re ready to make yours!

      • Katja February 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

        Thanks! And oh yes, I will definetly have a look t all the versions the sewing community will come up with!

  29. Camilla February 24, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Another winning pattern. I’m not seen many patterns for maxi skirts so this is brilliant. I love the panels at the front.

  30. cathy February 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    oooo! how perfect for the upcoming hot weather!

  31. Lady Stitcher February 24, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Congratulations on your latest pattern release, Tasia, it’s fantastic! I’d love to make several different versions, and I especially love your floral and stripey skirts above. Definitely ear-marking this one for summer. Beautiful!

  32. Kaye February 24, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Gorgeous! I love the watercolor-type fabric used for the first one!

  33. Trisha February 24, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Tasia— very dramatic, swishy, and dramatic! A beautiful skirt!

  34. Serena February 24, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    It is stunningly beautiful!

  35. Sarah Clark February 24, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    OMG! I love this pattern! I just discovered my love for maxis (I also thought that I was too short to wear them) and I was looking for a good pattern I LOVE this one. Thanks again Tasia!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      If I’m not too short, you’re not too short! :) It’s a great look for both summer and winter. (Well perhaps not if there’s snow on the ground.. but ok if it’s just cold!) When I was looking for ideas on how to wear and style this skirt, I was surprised to see how great a long skirt looks with a sweater and jacket, as well as a tank top and necklace.
      Caroline has some great styling ideas coming up as well!

  36. Mary February 24, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Oooooh!!!!!! I’ve been contemplating my next batch of projects for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, and I think this is going to be my July project! Ahh I just love swishing around in long skirts in the summer! It makes me feel like a fairy princess. ^_^

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

      Me too :) my inner child loves it, I make sure it’s the adult side of me doing the fabric selection so the result is sophisticated. Would love to see your version!

  37. EllenSand February 24, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    What a beautiful skirt. Love it!
    Ellen :)

  38. maddie February 24, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Tasia, this is your best pattern yet! I’m pretty good with not overloading my to-do list, but I might have to add this one. I like it that much!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      Thanks Maddie! What a lovely compliment :)

  39. Kris February 24, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Oh, that is seriously tempting. I love the shaping of the skirt! Sadly, long skirts are just not do-able at work. How do you think it would react if I chopped it off at the knees? :)

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      I think it would be okay! You’d lose some of the drama of the full-length skirt, and most of the flare, but if you love the yoke paneling it would work.
      If it were me I’d aim for just below the knee, not above, so you get a little more flare and length while still making it slightly more work-appropriate.
      Hope this helps!

  40. Katie February 24, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    This is really lovely! I like that it’s somewhat fitted at the hips, but so drapey and flowy at the hem–definitely a flattering silhouette. I’ll have to start looking for some nice drapey fabric to make this up in… Can’t wait to see all your pattern testers’ versions. :)

  41. darlene macdonald February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    What a beautiful skirt *wink* and you don’t worry about rules for maxi skirts, LOL. You look simply stunning in them and they all look so comfy for summer. Love it!!!!

  42. Joanna February 24, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Perfect concert skirt, thanks! You have no idea how hard it is to find floor length black skirts in the shops! I am 5’8 and a complete sucker for maxi skirts – I have about 6 in my wardrobe… Always room for another!!

  43. Carol February 24, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Beautiful skirt. I have a question. I have a little bit of a pooch in my belly and this seems pretty fitted to the hips. Could you put something – interfacing or a spandexie kind of fabric behind the panel pieces to act like a tummy tucker? I haven’t sewn much so that’s why I’m asking. I’m thinking something that would just be attached at the outer seams, slightly narrower than the actual panels? I’m wondering if any of your followers have any ideas.


    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      This is a really interesting question. It is fairly fitted to the hips, not tight or snug by any means, but more so than a circle skirt. Check the finished measurements here for an approximate idea of the fit –
      There’s quite a bit of ease, BUT, I think the idea of trying to create a stronger panel for a tummy tucker is an interesting concept. The looser the fabric, or the more drape, the more revealing the skirt will be over the tummy. The striped version in the hemp-cotton is less revealing because the fabric has more body. I don’t think spandex would work, as a layer, because it would just cause the outer layer to ripple. In order to use spandex I’d think you would have to create a completely separate skirt layer, as if you were wearing a shaper slip, and sew that into the waistband. Even if you make this inner layer shorter than the rest of the skirt, stopping below the hip and above the knee.
      I think it will take some experimentation but it’s an interesting idea to explore!
      Anyone else have a suggestion for Carol?

      • Lucy February 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

        I was just thinking that the interfacing has pretty much that effect on the Crescent Skirt.

        Obviously I haven’t seen this pattern, but could you interface the panel pieces and make a longer facing, also interfaced, and stitch in the ditch like you do with the Crescent? I guess that wouldn’t work for all fabrics but could help a little.

        • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

          Good point, you could probably do that! I’d do that with the yoke and upper yoke pieces and see if that helps.

  44. Ruth February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    It’s a lovely skirt! I’ve added it to my to-sew list already!

  45. Janou February 24, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    My first thought was also to make a midi version or to combine it maybe with the Cambie top half? Frankenpatterning is fun. I like it as it is, but I already own a few maxi’s. My favourite is the striped one, I think, because it brings out the paneling best.

    • Janou February 24, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      (Also, apparently the secret to wearing maxi skirts when you’re short is to wear a different colour top, which is what you’re doing already.)

      • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

        Interesting! You’d think maybe that wearing a similar colour top would be lengthening, I think the colour and pattern choice will affect the look too. The black and paisley versions are the most lengthening, the stripes is the most shortening I think.

        What a neat idea, adding it to a Cambie top half! Would love to see that if you give it a try!

  46. Heather February 24, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Finally, a maxi skirt for those of us who are a little curvier! I have avoided this style simply because it wasn’t flattering. You really hit it out of the ball park on this one, Tasia! Thank you. Can’t wait to make it!

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you Heather – I agree, I’ve not been a fan of the straight-up-and-down maxi skirt silhouette, but something that’s more flared or A-line is much better on a curvy body.

  47. Miss Crayola Creepy February 24, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    OBSESSED!!!! I need this pattern in my life! I’m going to be a copycat and make a black version like you! :) xo

    • Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Do it! I can’t wait to wear my black one out and about. It’s such a great basic! Or rather, a slightly-less-basic bottom. :)

  48. Michele February 24, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I agree, shorties CAN wear long skirts. I think we look longer and leaner in them, just the same as our average height and tall friends. I really love this pattern and think its very on trend! I, however, already have a handful of vintage skirts patterns that are too similar to this for me to grab a copy. Looking forward to the next one.

  49. Rochelle New February 24, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Tasia this skirt is so beautiful!!! I would love to make it in both the midi-length and the maxi length! …or maybe a pants version? Oooooo flowy paannntttttsssss.

  50. Sue February 24, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Nice one, Tasia! Just as I was thinking I was too old/too short for maxi skirts! I might just give this one a go! It is so flattering for all shapes and sizes and I love previous comment about adding to Cambie top (when I can get one that is!). I look forward to seeing some made up as shorter versions too! This pattern has many possibilities!

  51. paisleyapron February 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Oh yes, please! Gorgeous!

  52. elle February 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    That floral version! MUST. WANT. NEED. GAH.

  53. Suz February 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Love it! Looking forward to making a few for summer :)

  54. Kylie February 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Love it! Can’t wait to make one, or two or three!!

  55. Courtney February 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    I love maxi’s!! I’m just starting to sew more for myself, so this would be great. I bet it would be cute in the midi length that seems to be the trend for spring.

  56. Beth February 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    I absolutely love this!!!! :)

  57. Mads February 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Love it! Putting this on my Pattern Wish List for sure–great work once again, Tasia!

  58. Tasia February 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Thank you all so very much! I’m so glad you like the new design – it is different, there aren’t many modern maxi skirt patterns out there, so I’m happy to hear your positive response!

    A couple of good questions here, some will be answered tomorrow, some will be answered Wednesday!

    I love that many of you like this skirt, it’s not limited to a certain height or age group. It all depends on what you wear it with, and the fabric you choose!

  59. Michelle February 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Love love the skirt. And the waist v is neat!

  60. Ali February 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Tasia, I could just kiss you!!

    I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of a long skirt I could make for winter, and here you are with the perfect pattern! It would even be great for summer as you suggested. Thank you so much!

    I love your patterns and I can’t wait to make this one!

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks Ali! :) Thanks for the super positive response, I’m so glad you like the skirt pattern!

  61. Spikeabell February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I love the lines of this skirt, perfect yoke styling and flare. I love long skirts and I have the perfect fabric in my stash. A medium weight large floral silk, a present from a few years ago and have been racking by brains what to do with as the colouring doesn’t suit me for a dress. Lovely work Tasia.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      That sounds like the perfect fabric! Really good point to use it as a skirt, if the colouring doesn’t suit you near your face. Smart!

  62. Nikki February 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    It’s fab! I am 5ft 2 and I only wear long skirts, this would look great on anyone!

  63. Sølvi February 25, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    You´ve done it again! Congratulations on your new fantastic pattern! The panels are so clever, you always put so much thought into construction. Love it! :-)

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m an analytical person who loves clothes, it’s a good mix for pattern designing!

  64. Paige February 25, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    I recently had a baby and unfortunately don’t have much time to catch up with Sewaholic anymore. I am SOOOO glad I decided to check in today. This skirt is gorgeous. I just bought some fabric for a maxi, and I’m going to switch to this pattern instead of the one I already own. I always struggle with what top to wear with a maxi skirt, and I love the one you’re wearing in the photos. Can’t wait to find out more about it and get some styling ideas.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Congrats and so glad you decided to stop by then! The top is a new pattern design that’s coming later this Spring, and Caroline’s putting together some styling inspiration ideas as well. We’ll also share other people’s Gabriola Skirt projects on the blog, so you can see how everyone else has styled their skirts too!

  65. Lysy February 25, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    What a totally beautiful skirt!! I love the top and bottom versions in particular – I am coveting both of those fabrics! The yoke and the drape are gorgeous. Will definitely be buying this one :)

  66. Diane February 25, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Beautiful skirt! I’m short and, as you mentioned, have always heard long skirts make short people look shorter but this looks great on you. I am going to have to give this a try — if nothing else to wear at home during the summer. I agree, it’s much nicer to wear a skirt than pants when it’s hot out. I’ll be ordering soon!

  67. Caroline February 25, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Love. this. So pretty! Well done!

  68. Seraphinalina February 25, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I am just a half inch over 5′ and I love wearing long skirts. There is some lovely drama about them, isn’t there? My husband thinks they are totally sexy and I’m not sure why, he usually likes to see skin not cover it. ;) I really like the shape of the skirt, very nice to keep some curve to the body and motion at the hem rather than just a flat tube.

    • Tasia February 25, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      I agree – lovely drama! I think they’re totally sexy too. There’s something about the movement and the silhouette that’s alluring without showing anything at all!

  69. Karin February 25, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    This is the maxi skirt I didn’t know I can’t live without until now! :-)
    And I particularly love the fitted yoke.
    I prefer maxi dresses and skirts for summer – much breezier than trousers – and I’m on the short side too at 5’2.
    Great pattern and already ordered

  70. Stephanie February 25, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    LOVE THIS SKIRT! (and have ordered it). I’m a huge maxi fan, have a TNT dress pattern and have been keeping an eye out for a great long skirt. I know exactly which fabric I’m going to use, too: a lovely aqua and olive rayon twill hibiscus print that’s been loitering in the stash for 2+ years, waiting for the perfect pattern. This looks like the one.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      That sounds like the perfect fabric! Thrilled to hear that you love the pattern. :)

  71. Laura Mae February 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Gorgeous examples of your latest design! And it sounds like you have another hit! I know I have been having tons of fun wearing mine – I did not realize how much I missed wearing full length skirts.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      I can’t wait to see the photos of yours! It’s great fun to wear a long skirt isn’t it? Thanks again for testing for me!

  72. Sarah February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    OMG, I want to make it in a jewel tone fabric, with a lace overlay on the yolk, and a freefloating lace overskirt on the bottom portion with a tattered hem, and wear it with drapey chain belts, all victorian-gothic.

    • Tasia February 26, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      That would be impressive! I have an inspiration post coming soon with a lace version that you might like, inspired by a dress I saw in a magazine.

  73. Amanda February 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    LOOOOVE it!!! The detail at the hip is just lovely!! I’m a huge fan of maxi length skirts and dresses so I’ll definitely be making this one up!!! :)

  74. Sarah February 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Love it! Would be perfect in a floral print for the summer. Do you think this would work for non pear shaped people? I am a size 8 waist and 2 hips. Will adjusting it be difficult?

  75. Sam February 27, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    I love maxi skirts and have actually just bought some black fabric to make one. It’s jersey though – do you think this pattern would work with jersey?

  76. JillyL February 28, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Do you think it would work to put pockets in this skirt? It looks like it might be too form fitting at the top- Anyone?

  77. Sandra March 1, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Wonderful design ! Could be great for the spring and summer days !
    Thanks again for your b-day discount, I could place an order and have a really affordable price with the shipping costs (France ;) )

  78. Gina March 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’m excited to sew up this pattern! Quick question on the versions you made with lightweight viscose– what type of interfacing did you use? Sew-in? I bought a really nice, drapey polyester but I’m concerned about melting the fabric when applying the interfacing. Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thank you,

  79. Emily March 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    I love all your projects! This skirt is just adorable! I just stumbled on your blog, and have been obsessively scrolling through everything! I was just wondering if you went to an art college?

  80. Anne July 4, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I love the look of this skirt, but think it is too fitted to add a pocket. I am perpetually losing my cell phone and need a way to keep it on me. Any ideas?


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