A Gabriola for the Winter

Sewaholic Gabriola
Sewaholic Gabriola

Another fablously swooshy skirt for Daughter No2, this time made up in the most amazingly drapey black crepe.  This skirt weighs a ton!  It swirls and swooshes around her legs beautifully and she has already declared it a success because its nice and warm and keeps out the breeze!

Swooshy wool crepe Gabriola
Swooshy wool crepe Gabriola

The fabric is one of the pieces I bought during the SewBrum meet-up earlier this month from Fancy Silk Stores.  Three metres of the stuff at £9/m has made a really lovely skirt.  I used the overlocker to make this one, the crepe really does love to fray – EVERYWHERE!!  I also half-lined the skirt with some pistaschio satin lining to stop the crepe sticking to her tights.  The lining has French seams and has worked a treat.


I made the size 2 and lengthened the skirt by 5cm, but made no other alterations.  This shape works really well on Daughter No2 and I’m glad to have been able to use the pattern again.  Daughter No1 is starting to look at it a bit enviously now, so there may be more to make in the future.




I have more finished projects to photograph and as soon as the weather, internet & camera decide to stop playing up, I’ll get them posted!

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

33 thoughts on “A Gabriola for the Winter”

  1. So beautiful! I love a swishy skirt and what a wonderful bonus that it is warm too!

  2. This is so beautiful. It doesn’t look very heavy, I’ve been looking at the skirt lately but I thought it’s not winter appropriate, would you recommend the crepe then for a winter version? I mean it looks great and matched with that top a dream.

    1. oh definitely recommend crepe! It has such a fabulous drape, it is heavy to hold but not to wear, does that make sense?

    1. thank you 🙂 a winter version would look fantastic in your wardrobe, especially with that new jacket you’ve just made!

  3. LOVE this! I never would have thought to make this as a winter skirt. Its gorgeous! Off to purchase pattern now 😉

    1. Haha, great stuff, just remember to pick a fabric with drape, a stiffer wool with body wouldn’t look quite as good! 🙂

  4. I just bought some black rayon to make a Gabriola… Yours is gorgeous!! I never thought of using crepe. I bet it swishes plenty!

  5. Oh Anne, why do you do this to me? LOL I really shouldn’t be buying more patterns but you are such a good seller!!! First it was the Burda trousers (which were totally worth it ten times over so I totally forgive you LOL), then the Bellatrix blazer, and now this – I’ve been trying to ignore this pattern at least until summer, but how can I when you have now made such a fabulous winter version? ^__^ Lovely, and your daughter looks beautiful as always 🙂

    1. Lol! I wasn’t going to buy it initially either, but kept seeing fabulous fabrics for it. A sign, for sure!! I can recommend it in a crepe for winter, she’s worn it loads!

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