When my friend Colleen asked me to be one of her two bridesmaids I of course said yes. When she asked me to make the outfits I immediately thought of the Gabriola skirt by Sewaholic patterns. This skirt LOVES your body. It is so sleek and beautiful, I feel like a million bucks wearing it.
Unfortunately I don’t have a whole lot of reasons to wear it. This beautiful satin taupe fabric is a little to formal to wear on a daily basis. Maybe paired with a t-shirt like so, but even then I’d have to at least have somewhere to go (no grocery store runs in this baby).
For the pattern I cut a size 6 waist and blended into a size 2 hip. It’s a little loose so I could have gone with a size 4 waist, I may even still alter it at some point. Sewaholic’s patterns are drafted to favor a pear shaped body, so pay close attention to the sizing chart when cutting out your pattern.
My favorite thing about this pattern aside from the beautiful drape is the seaming. The seam detail around the waist and hips really accentuates the body, and creates wonderful lines. The intricate piecing gives great opportunities for color blocking. I’d love to make this skirt in a stripe and experiment with the stripe placement.
Here are a few pictures taken from the wedding. Lauren, the other bridesmaid, and I chose our own blush colored tops to go with the skirts. Colleen is wearing her great-grandmothers wedding dress (which was also her grandmothers AND her mothers) from the 1900s!!! So beautiful. It’s a miracle this picture turned out so well because it was QUITE a cold day in Brooklyn.
Bonus material: the morning after this wedding, the Gentleman asked me to marry him 🙂
Pattern: Gabriola skirt by Sewaholic Patterns
Fabric: Satin Taupe from Mood
Notions: Invisible zip
Adjustments: Cut a 6 waist and 2 hip, (should have cut a 4 waist & 0 hip) Took in some at hip.
Finishes: Serged seams, baby hem, clean finished waistline
Time: 3 hours?
Sew it again? Yes! Hopefully in a stripe 🙂
Wow, what a beautiful skirt! Well done for making such stylish and elegant bridesmaid outfits and congratulations on your engagement! So exciting!
Thank you so much Lara!
This skirt is everything! Gah!
Thanks Elise!!! 🙂