Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer Romance


Oh my word, I am so excited to share my newest sewing with you!  Way back in February, I mentioned that I won a pattern through a giveaway on Vicki's blog.  That Vicki, she is so sweet and kind.  Well, I let her pick out a pattern for me, since I really had no idea what I wanted for myself.  Vicki selected the Gabriola Skirt from Sewaholic.  


I have to be completely honest here and say that when Tasia first released the pattern I thought it was cute, but just not for me.  Aside from my wedding dress, I have never worn a skirt or dress that went past my knees.  Also, I sort of felt like maxi skirts were too trendy for me - like I'm not cool enough to pull one off!  However, when the pattern arrived, I felt that I had the perfect fabric in my stash - and I liked the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something I normally wouldn't.  I am so glad I gave this pattern a try (thanks a million Vicki!).  I love wearing this skirt.


Part of the reason for taking a while to sew this project up, is that I knew I would really need to concentrate on the cutting of this fabric.  My fabric is a rayon challis, which tends to slip right out of my hands as I cut it.  I wanted to make sure that each of those gorgeous points lined up perfectly, and knew this would require precision during the cutting of my fabric.  The extra time and effort paid off; all of my points do indeed match up perfectly.


Tasia likes to use the word "dramatic" to describe this skirt, but to me it feels very romantic.  Maybe it's the combination of the whimsical floral print and the way the fabric swishes when I walk, but I just feel like I could be swept off my feet at any moment.  Honey, can you put down the camera for a second and sweep me off my feet?


Have you ever been surprised by sewing up a pattern that you didn't think was your style?  Seriously, I think I need experiment with this again.  For now, I am just going to frolic around in my yard and be the princess that lived happily ever after . . .

Annabelle




8 comments:

  1. Oh, how lovely you are in this skirt Annabelle. It really is swishy and romantic.

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    1. Thank you Liz! I have never owned anything swishy and romantic before, I almost feel like a little kid playing dress-up, it is so much fun :)

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  2. You have paired the most perfect fabric EVER with this pattern! I absolutely love it and I think it suits you perfectly! I love the pictures of you in a tree too, it shows the drape beautifully!

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    1. If it weren't for you, this fabric would have never become a Gabriola! For some reason I decided that I needed to have pictures in the tree to show off the skirt - also it proves that I can still climb a tree in a maxi skirt :)

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  3. Absolutely perfect.
    You look wonderfully willowy in the skirt.
    Definitely wear maxis; you look good in one.
    Try a second skirt in a swishy, solid color fabric to show off the seams and lines they make.

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    1. Thanks you so much Linda! I really would love to make one in a solid color as well to show off the interesting design lines . . . my list of sewing project ideas is longer than my lifetime will allow though.

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  4. You are just TOOO GORGEOUS!!! Very romantic indeed - you've made this pattern your own, and no one would ever guess it was out of your comfort zone, because it looks like it was made for you! :)

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    1. Ahh, you made my day! I was so happy to discover a pattern that wasn't me, but really was me. I love it when something like this can change my perspective or attitude.

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