Your Gabriola Skirts!

Now that we’ve completed the Gabriola Sew-Along it’s time to share the lovely skirts that you have all made. I love this part; getting to see everyone’s interpretation of the pattern is the best! So without further ado let me share the first batch of gorgeous makes on gorgeous ladies.


Barbara made a really great floral version. The print is just the right scale, it looks great!

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Elizabeth from I Sew, You Sew was so brave to make a silk charmeuse Gabriola. It turned out perfect! I am in love with the drape of it.


Alison has made the first contrast version I’ve seen. Looks so great!


Check out Sew Busy Lizzy‘s bright yellow version! What a color. It really works!


Emily of Dressing the Role made not one but two Gabriola skirts! This is her first, how great is this fabric?


Here is Emily’s second version, in a knit! Also a great fabric, and I love the drape that the knit gives this skirt. I would not have thought this would work in a knit, but Emily proved me wrong!


Sue of Fadanista made two versions also. Here is her knee length version. We had lots of questions about how the skirt would look knee length and whether it would work. It does and I love it!


And here is Sue’s long version!

Here is Donna’s version, she drafted a curved waistband and added a lining. It looks great! Visit her blog Sew Independant for more.


Here is Amanda‘s version. Another great fabric choice! I love that we are seeing the skirt in prints, solids, neutrals, brights, you name it!


Here is Kerry‘s chambray version. I love that she did flat fell seams with the yoke pieces and skirt panels, it really accentuates the style lines of skirt and makes it extra flattering! Even adding regular topstitching is a great way to show off the lines in a solid fabric. Great idea!

That’s it for today! Isn’t it great to see the Gabriola skirt on so many different gals? Seeing a pattern with different styling, fabric, and body types always thrills me. I’ll be doing another round up in the next few weeks so please do share your versions with us! Here is how you can do that:

– Post a link here, in the comments
– E-mail us your photos or a link to your blog post: info[at]sewaholic[dot]net
– Post your photos to the Sewaholic Patterns Group on Flickr – include a link to your blog if you have one!
– Instagram me! I am @carolineamanda on Instagram, or just tag your photo #sewaholicgabriola

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23 Responses to Your Gabriola Skirts!

  1. Maude Vaillancourt April 7, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Here’s mine!

    • Caroline Amanda April 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Wow, a dress! Good job Maude, it looks great!

  2. Emily April 7, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    What a lovely bunch of skirts! Thanks so much for including mine!!

    • Caroline Amanda April 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      My pleasure! Love your skirt :)

  3. Carolyn April 7, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    wow, these look fantastic! I’ll admit I’m still not sold on a maxi skirt for myself, but I think the knee-length version could work for me.

    And I just have to say, Kerry appears to have the most magnificent head of hair I may have ever seen! Those locks are straight out of a fairytale. The only way I could be more in awe is if it was red, lol. (as someone with super fine and only a normal amount of it, making it seem thin and flat most of the time such that I really can’t have long hair, I experience hair envy frequently, but this may take the cake! lol)

    • Caroline Amanda April 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Haha too funny – I definitely agree! Kerry has killer hair :)

    • Kerry April 8, 2014 at 12:11 am #

      Blushing at your hair comments! It was a good hair day on that photo! My daughter has the same sort of hair and she is a red head so I guess we are very lucky.

  4. maddie April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I love all of them! Wait until you see my version :)

    • Caroline Amanda April 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      I can’t wait to see it! :)

  5. rebecca April 7, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I sewed one too :-)
    Herzliche Grüße,

    • Caroline Amanda April 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      Amazing! Thanks for sharing Rebecca :)

  6. Elizabeth April 8, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    So much fun to see all the different versions. I can’t wait to make a couple more, especially one with some contrasting fabrics! Thanks for including mine, I love wearing it!

  7. elle April 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    These are lovely! The fit of the skirt really is so flattering. OK, I’ve definitely got to crack on and get mine sewn up.

    • Caroline Amanda April 9, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

      Yay! Be sure to share with us when you’re all done :)

  8. Kirsten April 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Here’s my wintery version!

  9. Paula April 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    ok.. I’m hoping someone can help me. I don’t know why I’m having soooo much trouble with the zipper. The first time, it was too low and there was a gap, so I took it off. The second time I didn’t have it aligned very well with the seam opening, so off it came again. The third time, something got all clogged up and broke the needle. SO.. off it came again, only this time there is a tear in the zipper (I think from so much off and on). Now I’m off to buy a new zipper, but before I try it again, does anyone have any amazing magical zipper tips? This should NOT be so hard for me :( But I really really REALLY want to finish my skirt so I can show it off too!! Any advice? Thanks so much Sewaholic community!

    • Caroline Amanda April 11, 2014 at 12:49 am #

      Hi Paula! Oh no, that is so frustrating when zippers keep not working out! I have definitely had my fair share of zipper failures. My best tips are to interface the opening for stability, and baste your zipper in before going at it with the machine. If your fabric is stiff enough, you could even try a hand-picked zipper instead of machine sewing zipper. Tasia did a great demo here,
      It’s one of our favorite methods for inserting a zip! Gives you 100% control over your zip and fabric, and has a gorgeous clean finish. It will only work if you are using a stable fabric though – nothing too light or too drape-y or I think it will be too fragile.

      Good luck!

  10. Paula April 11, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Hi Caroline! Oh my, I LOVE the hand-picked zipper! That will definitely be how I go about mine, starting tomorrow! It looks terrific, and seems like you would have much better control. My fabric is a nice quilting cotton, so it should be quite stable. Thanks so much for the great tip, and hopefully by Monday I’ll have a picture of my FINALLY finished Gabriola skirt.

    • Caroline Amanda April 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      So glad this method worked for you! Yay!

  11. Paola April 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    I’ve just finished a Gabriola skirt for my daughter. The fabric was a pain to work with, but the result was worth it.

    • Caroline Amanda April 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Looks great.

  12. Barbara May 4, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    hi ya Caroline and Tasia, I love my first gabrola so much I’ve made another, this time in velvet. Thanks again for a great pattern and the sew-along. Some pics on my blog

  13. Charlene June 16, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    I just finished up my very first Gabriola skirt. I adore my skirt. I can’t wait to wear it to work tomorrow.