Here is my long Gabriola skirt. When I was looking at other people's Gabriolas, this one struck me as one of the most beautiful. I was desperate to find similar patterned fabric, drapey enough to flutter with the flowy lines of the skirt.
After hours of trawling the internet, I found this fabric at cheapfabrics.co.uk. I know, you're thinking the fabric must be crap from a place called 'cheap fabrics', but honestly, it's lovely. Soft, swishy printed crepe. And at GBP3.99, who am I to complain? My photos make the skirt look a lot bluer, but it's actually pre-dominantly grey.
It's also quite slippery and I stay-stitched selvedge trimmings to the top pieces meeting the waistband, which helped to prevent stretching. The waistband is thinner too as I was using waistband interfacing. I actually prefer it as there is a little gape at the front which perhaps could be exacerbated by a thicker waistband?
I lined the skirt to the knee with some cheap anti-static stuff. I didn't want to pfaff around with sewing up all the pieces again for the lining so I just took the skirt before it had been sewn up the sides, and rotary cut around it. Not ideal, but prevents the 'Diana' effect!
I wore this out and felt really rather glam! Lovely to go out in on a not-too breezy day. Not especially practical though! (Tip: don't take your little boy to his swimming lesson in this).
A few more pics:
swirling this way...