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 . . .