A Fine Summer Day- Sewaholic’s Gabriola Skirt (1401)

Late morning, the humidity is starting to climb up. Let’s get out before it gets too hot and humid Toby.

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After Toby’s walk through Strang Park, I went out shopping with my mom. Nothing too exciting. We did find our favorite Pacifica face wash though.

Later in the afternoon, we caught up on the world cup and lounged around enjoying a good book. I actually finished up “Good Luck of Right Now” which is the book of the month over at A Beautiful Mess blog.

Summer skirt and Kansas heat/ humidity, so for me that means the best light weight woven fabric is rayon Challis. I have used before so was also familiar with how it behaves as sewing and care. I wanted a cool pattern for my skirt, but all the patterned Challis at my local fabric store had black in them. I like my brown sandals better than my grey sandals. So I didn’t want any black in the pattern. Next best thing was a bright solid color. I picked out the teal fabric because I thought it would go better with what I currently own.

On to construction:

I knew beforehand that the skirt would be too long for me. I was torn on whether or not to shorten the skirt. I wasn’t certain the best way to grade over the shorten/ lengthen line. I figured I would be taking about 4 inches out at the line. In doing that, I thought I would have lost the shape of the flare in the skirt. I had never made any patterns from Sewaholic before also. I was apprehensive of doing too many changes at once. So, I decided it was best to keep with the pattern’s original length. My dad got the pleasure of crawling on the floor to pin where the skirt touched the floor. I did end up losing some of the flare by taking off the bottom edge of the hem.

I had cut a size 10. After I had the front of the skirt together, I was a little concerned that I cut the wrong size and would need to adjust the waist area. But everything was fine. Because of my waist area concerns I had cut a 12 on the waistband, so I went ahead and used that with a little more overlap in back.


I did have a little difficulty with putting together the yoke pieces. I didn’t feel like I was putting the pieces together right and kept seam ripping them apart. I broke down and pulled up the Gabriola sew-along on Sewaholic pattern’s blog. I hadn’t originally pulled it up because I was using my computer to live stream the FC Kansas City game against the Western New York Flash (National Women Soccer League). Totally off topic, but Kansas City won the game and Kansas City’s home field is at the University of Missouri Kansas City. That is where I went to college at.

The pattern marks of the yoke pieces kept confusing me. The waist and the yoke only had one triangle. So I wasn’t certain which one went where on initial look. Having a center front marked on the upper yoke pieces or waistline would have made it a bit more clear for me. The sew-along through clarified what I was having troubles with.

The only item I did differently was that I added an extra hook to the waistband.


A nice surprise for me is that the high waistband won’t rub across the surgery scar. Now I have another piece to wear on those days that I can’t put a band-aid on it. About every 4 days I have to plan outfits around this.

For future Gabriola skirts, I think the next time I make this skirt (as long as it is a solid or pattern), I may try to put the two yoke pieces together in one piece. Then I would be able to cut that on the fold if I wanted or not. I know that I can’t take all four or five inches out at one area across the pattern. I plan on trying to take the length out over four or five different sections at and below the shorten/ lengthen line. I think I would be about to take an inch out per section. That should help keep the flare line better. Last item I would change for the future is the waistband. I think a thinner waistband would look nicer with the long flowing skirt. My skirt’s waistband gapes a little at the top.

Up and coming sewing patterns include Lee & Pearl’s Wrap peplum top, Vogue 1344 (Rebecca Taylor dress), and possibly Wearing History’s Sailor Girl Playsuit shorts. I am almost thinking the shorts will not happen (at least not this year) and instead another Gabriola skirt, summer dress, or top.


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