Christmas morning is lazy and quiet around here, as we open our gifts on Christmas Eve. I’d planned to spend a few hours in my sewing room, and when I thought about what to sew next, just for myself, the answer was clear: a Sewaholic Gabriola maxi skirt, from this gorgeous rayon twill that’s been hanging around the garment-fabric stash for too long. It’s got beautiful texture and drape, and two of my most favorite colors:
I love maxis, and wear them at home all the time. When this skirt pattern came out I jumped on it: it’s fitted through the hip, then flaring and swoopy, and looks like my idea of skirt heaven. If it’s as perfect as hoped, I’ve got some other yardage in mind for second and maybe third versions.
Based on measurements, I passed over 10 on the size chart with a sigh, and circled “12″. Then I looked at my belly, and thought about the coming roast beef dinner, the sweet potatoes to be mashed with sour cream, the half-empty box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts on the coffee table, and the lilikoi cheesecake in the fridge, and went with the 14.
I considered checking PatternReview for fit insights, but was determined to have an entirely unplugged day (accomplished! it took some willpower to stay away from Instagram, but I did it). This morning I read a review that says the pattern runs large. Let’s hope I’ll need to trim a good amount off the side seams after a try-on… if not, I won’t be eating more of this for a while:
I had 3 yards of 56″ wide fabric, but the hem circumference of this skirt is so lavish that I had to fold out about 12″ of flare (spread across all skirt pieces) to fit the pattern on my yardage. It will still be plenty flowy and swoopy.
So far I’ve got the yoke pieces assembled and all the long seams for the front and back done. Further progress is on hold until I decide how to finish the seam allowances.
This skirt could turn out to be an all-time favorite; while I cringe at the extra work to finish those long seams with tape, this could the project that’s worth the effort. Stash candidate for that job is some lime green poly-satin lining fabric. It frays horribly and is awful to work with, but it’s the perfect color. If I starch the cr*p out of it and cut on the bias, maybe it will do the job without driving me around the bend?
Are you doing any “just for fun” sewing, now that the holiday rush is over, or aiming for one last finish before the new year?
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I did indeed starch the cr*p out of the poly satin, then cut several miles of 1-3/8″ wide bias strips. This tutorial advised what to do for a classy “Hong Kong” finish. My fabric is close to 60″ wide, and I cut the strips full-width (from a square, folded diagonally), so the strips are plenty long enough for just about anything.
I used a scant 3/8″ seam, lots of pins (I know: me, pinning! the world has gone mad). Then PRESS. Poly takes some convincing, but with heat and pressure it can be coerced into a crease. Even with starch both these fabrics are wiggly, and the poly is slippery, so although my Hong Kong finish is a little wiggly as well I’m happy with how it turned out on this yoke seam:
Most likely I won’t get more than one seam a day done this way, which is slow, but when it’s done the rest of the skirt construction will feel like a breeze.