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!!!
As I mentioned when posting my first Selfish Sewing Week outfit, I had originally made a different cardigan to go with my knit skirt.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!
I’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?)
The 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!
I 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.
Everything 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!
This 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.
Another 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?
Back 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.