Floral Maxi Skirt

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

Sometimes  you just need  something floral and pretty and girly, this fabric met all three criteria and it was love at first sight.  The fabric is a Charcoal floral cotton sateen and is almost sold out. Don’t worry there is another colorway and all these other cotton sateens.  I had the pattern in mind for this floral sateen and it is Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt.  This skirt is a wonderful skirt pattern with lots of flow and bias but be warned, it needs lots of fabric.

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

The amount of fabric?  Well, depends on the width, 3.5 yards to 5 yards, so make sure you buy plenty.  I cut this fabric out on the floor  and I used just about every bit of the 3.5 yards.

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

This pattern works perfectly for the sateen and I loved sewing this fabric.  The description states slightly translucent but I didn’t find that to be true.  In fact, I think from the photos you can see the fabric is not translucent, after all it was a very sunny afternoon when I took these photos.

The Gabriola Skirt, has several areas of bias, you can tell by these close up of the yokes

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

 

I used my even feed foot and some pins to keep the pieces from shifting.  I love all the yoke pieces and wouldn’t they be spectacular in a stripe?  One thing that is nice, the yokes seem to help with the fit at the stomach and hips, just such wonderful drape from the bias.  With the floral, the bias pieces and the seams just blend into the entire skirt.  Or should I say twirly skirt, which I must twirl so quickly it gives a blurry picture!

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

Take a look at the fullness, love it

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

The construction of this skirt goes quickly, just lots of long seams.  Many of the reviews suggested a curved waistband and if you are curvy that would be a good suggestion.  Being very straight with not much waist definition, I used the provided pattern piece and it worked just fine.  My only change was to insert the invisible zipper in the waistband instead of using a button on the waistband.

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

 

With bias, it is suggested the skirt hang for 24 hours before hemming. Meredith (last daughter at home) helped to pin the entire hem, which was very helpful.  with the large amount of hemming, I did use my sewing machine to sew the entire circle hem.

I love my new floral maxi skirt, it isn’t like anything in my closet and I will be grabbing this so much all summer long.  One thing I will have to correct, this blue top is the only solid top I have that goes with the skirt.  I will have to rectify that!

 

One last picture, you can see my lovely straight shape and what a nice job Meredith did with my hem.

Mood Fabric's Floral Cotton Sateen used to make a Sewaholic Gabriola Maxi Skirt

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Comments


  • Manju
    May 4, 2016

    Love this entire outfit! Beautiful.

    • Lori
      May 5, 2016

      Thanks Manju, me too! The top is a very old make but I love it.

  • PsychicKathleen
    May 4, 2016

    I love this skirt! I have some flowered santeen in my stash that is so similar to this one and I honestly didn’t have any idea what I was going to do with but I’ve become very fond of these maxi skirts lately myself and you’ve given me just a brilliant idea! Your maxi looks beautiful – a great way to show off this lovely fabric!

    • Lori
      May 5, 2016

      Thank you, Kathleen, it is a good way to showcase the fabric.

  • Faye Lewis
    May 4, 2016

    Ahhhh gorgeous!

    • Lori
      May 5, 2016

      Thanks, Faye.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 5, 2016

    Lori – It’s a beautiful skirt, and there’s nothing like a bias cut maxi. No fullness at the waist and great movement elsewhere. :)

    • Lori
      May 5, 2016

      Thanks so much, Sarah, I just love this skirt and the fabric, too.

  • Amy
    May 10, 2016

    What a gorgeous maxi skirt. I just love that floral!

    • Lori
      May 16, 2016

      Thanks, Amy, I love the floral, too.

  • Cennetta
    May 12, 2016

    Love, love your new floaty floral skirt. It perfect for summertime.

    • Lori
      May 16, 2016

      Thanks, Cennetta, I have worn it once and just love it.