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.
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.It 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. 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? I 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. Does anyone know where I can get silk velvet? I would love another Gabriola.