Sewaholic gabriola skirt and the velvet saga

I love my first gabriola skirt, the elegant maxi by Tasia at Sewaholic patterns.  I’ve worn it a lot. I’ve worn it to the opera in sydney, dinner in canberra, lunch and shopping in melbourne. I’m going to take it travelling when we head to the UK later this year.

floral gabriola maxi skirt

It packs small, washes well and looks glamorous (I think). But what I really wanted was a velvet Gabriola. I wanted a velvet maxi skirt without knowing what velvet was. It’s been a long running saga but I’ve finally learnt what velvet is and I have a proper velvet Gabriola. First I bought orange velour.bamboo knit orange velourIt was way too stretchy for gabriola. It’s now a very comfy a Renfrew top (I’ll do a renfrew post soon). Then I bought red velveteen. Red velveteen   It was way too stiff and felt horrible against the skin, it didn’t have a one way nap and didn’t drape. It might become a dress-up cape, sticking with the fairytale references, something for red-riding hood. Finally, visiting Melbourne, I found proper cotton velvet at Clegs. This one was just right. (I’d still like to find silk velvet, that will be another saga no doubt.) It’s a lovely inky colour, it feels wonderful and has a beautiful drape. It was Winnie who said recently about an invisible zip, that either it works the first time or it needs three attempts. Well this one needed five attempts and then when I did it up the little puller snapped off, I couldn’t believe it! There was no way I was starting again with in it. I made a puller out of some thread and attached that, annoying and a bit hard to use, but better than starting again and it really is invisible. Can you see it here?Invisible zip in gabriola skirtYoke of gabriola skirt gabriola midnight velvet maxi skirt Igabriola midnight velvet maxi skirtgabriola midnight velvet maxi skirt I wore my velvet gabriola to Canberra’s fashion (half) week, certainly needed to be rugged up there, as the snow fell on the brindys. tmp_fashfest-1904907486Does anyone know where I can get silk velvet? I would love another Gabriola.


13 thoughts on “Sewaholic gabriola skirt and the velvet saga

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  6. Lovely!! Recently I’ve been itching to try making a long-sleeved, short-skirted velvet dress, but think I’m running out of time to make it in the appropriate season as we’re heading towards summer!


  7. I’ve been looking for velvet as well as keen to make a dress. Your gabriola is perfect and definitely suitable glamour for fashfest. It was cold there wasn’t it, but some great fashion. What night did you go?


    • Thanks Kirsty. I went on Friday, it was freezing, but lots of fun. What night did you go? I got the velveteen at a2f but velvet seems very hard to find.


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