StyleArc Gabriella skirt

My Colette Ginger and Sewaholic Hollyburn skirts are my TNT skirt patterns, but I'm starting to have a closet full of them, so I'm trying to branch out. I recently ordered the StyleArc Gabriella skirt (with a few other patterns I can't wait to try) and just completed a wearable muslin.


The Gabriella skirt is described as:This is on trend skirt of the moment. It has lovely wide Basque falling into a casual flip skirt. The back features a metal exposed zip.

I ordered a size 10 - the pattern is quite simple, I didn't even read the instructions, but the muslin was for sizing purposes. I'm usually a size 8 bust/waist but a size 10 or 12 hips in StyleArc sizing, and I was nervous.  This patten can be made in a woven or a ponte, so I used a medium-weight teal polyester double knit I had in my stash.  As I said, this was easy to sew, you can use an exposed or invisible zip, there are two length options - easy! I sewed it up, basted in the zipper, tried it on - and it was too big (yay! better than too small). I took it in 2" (!!) at the center back, redid the zip, and it fits fine (I maybe could have taken it in another 1/4-1/2").

The results:
It matches my Shark shirt! bonus.

Close-up of the basque (its lumpy because the tshirt is tucked in).
Side view....
Back view....
Twirl view!
I really like this pattern a lot. I already mentioned its easy and can made in a ponte or woven. I really love the 'basque', although there has been discussion in the apartment about whether it is slightly too long for me - as in, the seam where the basque meets the skirt, with my proportions, should it be a bit higher?....(meh. I think its fine).
I made the original length, I'm 5'4", but you can shorten it as you like.
This is a super flattering shape. I like where it sits on my waist - its just below my belly button, instead of up at my natural waist. I LOVE that I didn't have to make any full butt/swayback adjustments - it just fit, which is fun for a change. So I would recommend it for a 'pear' shape, or if your ass is bigger than your waist.
I'm very happy with the results, and will definitely wear the wearable muslin, and plan on playing with the length and trying them in different fabrics!! Thank you StyleArc!!

****UPDATE*****
I have made a second version of this dress, this time using a woven - specifically, this lightweight textured suiting from Gorgeous Fabrics:
I made no changes other than to shorten this version about an inch or so. I love the results (again), and I have to stop myself from sewing up 10 versions of this, its so flattering and flirty.


I love the slightly shorter length, and I love the texture of this fabric. So it's amazing in both a ponte and a woven :-)

Comments

  1. Cute, love the twirl :)

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  2. I am here from PR. And I love this skirt and your story/review above. And I love the twirl too! TFS! Annette

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  3. Hahaha - isn't everyone's bum bigger then their waist? Either way, I now want this pattern! Thanks for a great review.

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