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Selfish Sewing Week: Audrey {Part 2}

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This week all of the adult sized people at Skirt Fixation are participating in Selfish Sewing Week!  You will see lots of sewing, skirts, and adult sized creations!  Here is part 2, from Audrey. 

Warning: You may need sunglasses for the remainder of this post!!!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAs I mentioned when posting my first Selfish Sewing Week outfit, I had originally made a different cardigan to go with my knit skirt.  But Mr. Skirt Fixation, whose opinion I value highly (beside the fact that he’s usually right!) didn’t think it worked with the skirt, so I made the Cambridge Cardigan, and you know the happy ending to that story!  But then I was left with a very cute, outfit-less Julia Cardigan.  Enter the most magnificent maxi skirt pattern I’ve ever made!

Julia Cardigan sewn by Skirt FixationI’d had my eye on the Gabriola skirt for quite a while, loving each and every version I’d seen of it.  My favorite, for the record, is this yellow one!  So during Tasia’s birthday discount, I grabbed the Gabriola pattern and a few others too from Sewaholic Patterns.  (The layering Renfrew is making a second appearance today; did you notice?)

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThe Gabriola pattern takes some thought to sew up, it’s a nice challenge.  The yoke pieces in front and back take careful effort to keep from getting switched around.  Add to that I was making everything French seams.  So this is one well constructed skirt!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationI made the Gabriola from white shirting cotton because I wanted a fabric I could dye and this one, from JoAnn’s, is 95% cotton, 5% spandex.  I also needed the fabric to be flowy and not wrinkle too badly.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationEverything went just fine up until the dyeing stage.  I really wanted an ombre, deep wine colored skirt.  I even practiced the ombre dip dyeing technique on a different white skirt with some blue dye.  But somehow I ended up with…hot pink!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationThis skirt is so vividly pink!  My girls loved it, but the boys, Mr. Skirt Fixation and myself were blinded by the pinkness of this skirt.  So it’s most likely going to be having another dye bath.  I’m not sure if I’m going to try the ombre again, or just go for one straight color.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationAnother comment from Mr. Skirt Fixation was about the lay of the fabric on the front panel.  When walking, or with movement, or even sometimes hanging straight while standing, the front can fold inward between the legs creating a gaucho/culottes look.  While I am reserving my opinion on those garments for another day, I’ll just say that was not the intended look here.  And now that I’ve reviewed other versions of the Gabriola skirt, I notice it on some of the other’s versions too.  So if anyone has any thoughts on making the front straight across, I’d appreciate it because I will be making this skirt patten again sometime soon!  Perhaps a more lightweight fabric?

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationFor once I don’t look super grouchy during this photo shoot; probably because the ridiculous color of the skirt (1960s bubblegum pink!) has me laughing in nearly every photo!

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationBack to the Julia Cardigan for a few notes!  This time when I made it, I lengthened the arms, like last time, but I also added 2 inches to the length of the body, which meant I added it to the length of the collar also.  It worked really well, now the cardigan is as long or longer than my shirts.

Gabriola Skirt sewn by Skirt FixationA final note on the Gabriola skirt.  I really do love the fit, flow and everything else about this skirt…it’s just that color!!!  Thoughts, please?

7 thoughts on “Selfish Sewing Week: Audrey {Part 2}

  1. That is a great, long, sweeping skirt. Very feminine. As for dye, I am no help. I used RIT navy blue once and it came out purple. Fine for Elena, but not what I expected. Maybe try a bleach bath first and see if you can fade it to a softer shade of pink?

    1. Thanks, Angela! Maybe I’ll soak the top in bleach and the bottom I more dye!!

  2. I picked up the Gabriola during the sale too, but I’m not as fast as you… mine isn’t even printed yet! I love the length and flow of the pattern.
    I’m not much help with dye… dyes always come out the wrong shade for me. (I’ve used RIT dyes quite a bit, but black, navy, and brown all end up purple… red comes out coral, and so on. And they tend to bleed a lot. I even threw one shirt away because it would dye something pink in every wash, no matter how much color-catching stuff I added.) I don’t know what you used, but some people have better luck with fiber reactive dyes.

    1. I used RIT…
      Can’t wait to see your Gabriola!

  3. I like the idea of overdyeing. Blue, though will give you purple. So, maybe a brown and they you’d hopefully have a burgundy?
    For the fix on the gaucho effect. You could do a to-the-knee lining attached at the waist… but use a straight(er) shape to it. If you wanted, it could just be on the front. But if it is front and back, it would help with how the whole skirt would behave. The lining doesn’t have to be lining fabric, cotton would work, too.
    Sandy in the UK

    1. Great idea on the overdyeing, I was thinking of doing the same color again, hoping for deeper results. Maybe I’ll try brown. And that’s a great idea on the lining too, thanks!

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