My new favourite skirt: the Veronika Skirt

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*

Veronika Skirt
Forget the bad pictures, my boyfriend wasn’t cooperative!

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!

Aren't this pockets cute?
Aren’t these pockets cute?

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! 😛

Oh, it's so full! I love full skirts! ^^
Oh, it’s so full! I love full skirts! ^^

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! 😉

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7 comments

  1. This is so lovely! You know circle skirts are my jam 😉 I too downloaded the Veronika pattern but I haven’t made it up yet – although I’m usually happy to cut my circle skirts without a pattern, I do like the pocket pieces so I might add them to my next one either way. I love your fabric choice too, and the decorative stitching looks amazing! 🙂

    1. Thanks Maddy! ^^ I had cut myself a couple of circle skirts without a pattern, but having everything already figured out for you is nice for once! 😉 I absolutely love the pockets, too. Maybe next time I’ll make them in a contrasting fabric, or maybe I’ll add piping, to make them really stand out!

    1. Thanks, Ana! 🙂 This pattern is super easy, and I’m soooo in love with those pockets! But you could also draft your own circle skirt, there are lots of tutorials out there. In any case, I’d love to see your version!

  2. Hi, Im a newbie seamstress in the process of making my first Veronika skirt. I was wondering if I may ask you a question or two? Im a bit confused as in how to assemble the waistband, two pieces of waistband, not sure if I should sew them together before I attach the waistband to the skirt ? I would be so happy if you could share some light on this. 🙂 I couldnt find it mentioned anywhere in the sewing instructions. Your skirt looks amazing, if only mine will turn out the same. 😉 Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Hi Monica! I’m so sorry that it took me so long to answer your comment! About the Veronika skirt, yes, you have to sew the 2 pieces of waistband together, along the long edge with right sides together (using the same seam allowance that the rest of the skirt). Then you can attatch the waistband to the skirt: first, sew one of the waistband pieces yo the edge of the skirt, right sides together, and then iron the seam allowance of the other part of the waistband towards the waistband piece. Now you can “sandwich” the skirt between the two waistband pieces and sew along the edge to close the seam. Sorry if my explanations are a bit confusing!! This process is way more easier to understand by seeing pictures of it. There’s a fantastic post with a great explanation of the different ways to sew a waistband hee: http://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london/11628437-how-to-sew-the-perfect-waistband
      I’m sure your Veronika skirt will be so pretty!! 🙂

      1. Thank you!!! 🙂 You made my day!! 🙂 Your explanation is really helpful, it makes much more sense to me now. Thanks for the link as well, will have a look. 🙂

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