I love the idea of maxi skirts. The silhouette is flattering and elegant on just about anyone. But I hate that 99% of maxis hang straight down like tubes. As soon as I saw the swishy glory of the Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic I knew I had to have it. Nevermind that the pattern was for a pear-shaped body (small waist, large hips) and I am exactly the opposite. Nevermind that it was rated as Intermediate difficulty, not suitable for beginners, by both the designer and sewing blog reviews. I.HAD.TO.HAVE.IT. 

Meanwhile, I ran across this image of an Alice + Olivia skirt, which is apparently sold out everywhere despite its mind-exploding pricetag of $698! It's super interesting and all but, I mean, really???