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A Secret History of Veronica
Outline the story …
My entry is based on Veronica from "A Secret History of Witches" by Louisa Morgan. Veronica comes from a long line of witches. In the story, she uses her powers to assist the Queen (who is secretly a witch) and her small coven with their magical workings to assure an Allied victory in the Second World War.
After the war, Veronica settles down as the new owner of her family estate alongside her new love. He is a French soldier who was injured in the war and ended up at Veronica's family estate when it had been turned into a hospital. Veronica used her powers to save his life when care from the nurses wasn't enough.
I wanted to make a skirt for an outfit that I could picture Veronica wearing in those times after the war. She is not somebody who is concerned with the latest fashions, but instead prefers comfort and practicality. After all, it's much easier to ride your horse and assist with restoration efforts in flats and a lighter skirt!
Outline the construction…
For my first ever wearable garment, I chose to make a half circle skirt. This was partly because it suited my mental image of Veronica, but also because it felt like a manageable project for someone at my skill level to take on. My first major challenge was buying fabric. I had never done that before, so I had a very awkward trip to the fabric store. Luckily, everyone was patient and helpful. After that, my next challenge was threading my vintage Singer 247 sewing machine, left to me by my mum.
Once I had my fabric and got my machine threaded, the construction was going quite well. I don't love wearing elastic waisted skirts, so I chose to sew a waistband instead. I'm not sure if it's normal practice to use the selvedge edge for the waistband, but I liked the fluffy look, so I went for it. Finishing and attaching the waistband presented me with my next challenge: it wouldn't go over my hips! Since there was no elastic, I needed to add a closure. I ended up deciding on a zipper and button. I wound up getting my zipper off of a pair of jeans that was sitting on my donation pile. I chose to put the zipper in by hand because it seemed a little bit too intricate for my machine skill level.
Over all, I am very happy with how the skirt turned out. The process was both easier and harder than I expected!