A Secret History of Veronica



Laura Moore


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Other Credits

Photographer: Peter Atwood

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!




  1. Avatar Kristina on March 11, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    This looks so warm and elegant, yet with such story behind it! Great job and I wish you a lot of adventures in it!

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    It’s very pretty, and I love the story behind it- I think it channels through very well

  3. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 11, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    This is a beautiful garment and the execution is great!

  4. Avatar Laura Risley on March 11, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I am feeling clothing envy right now. Wonderful job! I am now inspired to try to make something similar to add to my wardrobe. Absolutely beautiful.

  5. Avatar Missy on March 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    What a beautiful skirt! It looks comfortable and practical, too, but still really elegant. And I love the selvage detail!

  6. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 12, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Great first wearable garment! It will serve you well!

  7. Avatar Jaclyn Spencer on March 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Zippers always seem to be a challenge. I have been sewing for many years and I have come up with a dozen ways to avoid them! Good job 👌

  8. Avatar Benigna on March 12, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    This skirt looks wonderful and it really suits you. I’d love to have a skirt like that.
    I laughed a little when I read that you just used a zipper from one of your jeans, because I wouldn’t have that idea, but it makes total sense.

  9. Avatar Eugenia Snyder on March 12, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    How cute is that skirt?!! Great job and of course now I want to read the book!!

  10. Avatar Lili on March 13, 2021 at 12:48 am

    That’s an adorable and nicely fitting skirt! Though it seems like it would go perfectly with the character and time period; that skirt could go anywhere!

  11. Avatar Cassie Jackson on March 13, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    you achieved a beautiful drape of fabric on this skirt. For your first ever project, taking on plaid was quite brave, as plaids/checks/stripes can add more challenge to a project. Welcome to the world of artisan sewing! Before you know it, you too will have a fabric stash to bust as most of us tend to buy just a little more each time we go to the store. lol! Congrats on your first piece. well done!

  12. Avatar Lucia on March 14, 2021 at 9:01 am

    My first sewn zipper was an horrible unwerwable mess…you did a Great job! Proud of you!

  13. Avatar Valerie Meachum on March 15, 2021 at 12:35 am

    So pretty! It looks wonderful on you, and your work is wonderfully tidy.

  14. Avatar Abigail Wietecha on March 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! That skirt is absolutely beautiful and it’s so much fun to make something for a costume that can also be used regularly.

  15. Avatar Joshua Graham on March 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    it seems to have such wonderful movement

  16. Avatar Rebecca on March 18, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    what a cute skirt! i love that you harvested a zipper from some old jeans– and i’m very impressed with how well it’s finished. this skirt moves well and has a lovely graphic quality. good luck from icarus!

  17. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 20, 2021 at 2:57 am

    I love the color of the skirt. You did fabulous! Well done, well done! Thank you!

  18. Avatar Laura Ingalls Gunn on March 21, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I love a good skirt and yours is fantastic. The fabric is lovely. Bravo!

  19. Avatar Peta Pendlebury on March 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Well done! The skirt looks great and moves really well which sounds exactly what Veronica would want. I haven’t read this book but you have inspired me to – love anything magical. And using the fluffy selvedge is definitely a thing – especially in couture garments – Chanel made it into a signature for her jackets. I also tend to hand sew my zips in – quite often it works out quicker than trying by machine and unpicking it because it’s shifted!

  20. Avatar Carol Phillips on March 24, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Very nice! Absolutely using the selvedge is a thing. Great launch to your sewing career.

  21. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 29, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Great job! 👏👏 Sewing the zipper in by hand is A-OK, I tend to do that quite often! I hope you get lots of wear out of the skirt <3

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