Yesterday, as it looked a bit damp to be out in the garden, I decided it would be a good day to tidy and organise my sewing room. My sewing room is small and perfectly formed…and crammed full of ‘stuff’, it’s more walk in cupboard size so over the years it has overflowed onto the landing with a pine sideboard, cutting out table and all my books. Any tidy-up had to start on the landing!
The pine chest is a bit of a family heirloom, it used to be my grandfather’s workbench. He was a model engineer and had a lathe and vice screwed onto it. It was painted dark green. When he died my mother had it dipped and waxed, all the holes filled in, it’s beautiful and full of history…and material.
I suddenly spotted a length of material I’ve had for years, and I mean years, it could even be pre babies and my eldest is 19! It’s a pretty ditsy blue floral Makower cotton. A quick arm length measure confirmed I had enough to make the Sewaholic Gabriola skirt, 4m. That was the end of the tidy up!
Sewaholic is an independent pattern maker, the Gabriola skirt is a gorgeous swirling maxi skirt, slim and flattering round the hips, great for pear-shaped ladies like me. It does take a lot of fabric though.
I’ve not used Sewaholic patterns before but the instructions were pretty clear, I confess to nearly falling down at step 1 but I think that was just me having a senior moment! I usually make patterns in a size 12, but having checked the finished item size I cut out a size 10, even that has turned out pretty roomy.
I decided to French seam the side seams to give a more professional finish, I also top stitched the yokes, although with such a busy pattern it’s not particularly visible. I did think it would help stabilise the bias cut yokes too. I hand stitched the zip in as I find it easier than machine stitching them and a neater finish too, I’ve never had a problem with one coming unstitched.
The skirt is now hanging up, as requested in the pattern, for 24 hours to let the hem settle. I’ve already got another length of cotton lined up to make another Gabriola skirt, I’m also wondering about making it in a fine floaty fabric with a cotton lining and interlining, another fabric I have in my stash…