We’re having a really hot summer here in Barcelona, so hot that I gave up wearing jeans about a month ago. And I absolutely love my jeans, btw, but the only things that I’m wearing this summer are dresses and skirts. The problem was that I didn’t have many skirts at the beginning of the summer, so I went to the fabric store and I pretty much bought any lightweight fabric they had, and started transforming them into skirts. I’ve made three so far, and a dress. And maybe I’ll blog about them some day. But today is about sharing with you my greatest skirt-related discovery: the Veronika Skirt pattern, by Megan Nielsen! *applause*
The Veronika skirt is a free pdf pattern that you can find on Megan Nielsen’s website, and it’s essentially a basic full circle skirt with optional patch pockets. It has 3 versions: two for woven fabrics and one for stretch fabrics, and you can choose between a narrow or a wide waistband. I made version 1, for woven fabrics, with the scalloped pockets and a wide waistband, and I cut the XS size, which fit me like a glove without making any modifications.
The construction was pretty straightforward, as the instructions are crystal clear and they cover almost any doubt that a sewer could have thought of. Also, the fabric choice helped: I chose a lightweight cotton with a feather print on it, and it was very easy to work with. I really like the result, too: the skirt has some structure, but it isn’t too stiff. It falls nicely just below my knees, not too long or too short: the perfect spot for me!
Another thing that I love about this pattern is the scalloped pockets. Aren’t they cute? It’s such a simple way to make a basic skirt to stand out! And they were the perfect place to try some decorative stitches with my new sewing machine! (yes, my old machine died without possibilities for resurrection, so I finally got a new one! 🙂 ) And the inside of the skirt is really nice too: I overlocked any raw edges and the waistband seam is completely enclosed, so it looks quite professional 😉
But the best thing about this skirt is that… it goes well with everything! Seriously, EVERYTHING. I’ve tried it with nearly every t-shirt I own, and I’ve loved it every single time! And the pattern is soo versatile! I’m already thinking about doing a winter version with a thicker fabric, or a shorter version for the really hot days. I bet it would look nice too made in a fancy fabric like lace or satin for more formal occasions. I’ll fill my wardrobe with skirts! Yay! 😛
Have you tried the Veronika skirt yet? If not, what are you waiting for?! Go and tell me if you love it as much as I do! 😉