One of my all time favourite films is Chicago! That I’m saying ‘film’ rather than ‘show’ probably proves I’m the complete cultural black hole I suspect I am, but I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the show after seeing the film.
Oh the film!! The costumes, the dancing, the energy, the actors… and all that jazz. The whole thing is thrilling and to me it embodies all of the things that really make some of my other favourite films and TV shows. The mixture of strong, ruthless and ambitious female characters who display as much guts as they do vulnerability. Comedy and big musical numbers offset with darker more confronting scenes. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and my all time favourite Queen Latifah. I could go on and on, but this is a sewing blog not a movie blog so I’ll perform a highly tenuous segue from in my little movie monologue to a more relevant topic, the Veronica Skirt.
Veronica (the sister and murder victim of Velma Kelly in Chicago… there you go, virtually seamless) is a free circle skirt pattern by Megan Nielsen that I pattern tested a while back. I knew exactly what fabrics I was going to use (get used to seeing them, I bought metres of the stuff at a warehouse sale) made it up, loved the result and then got perplexed about how I was going to wear the thing.
Don’t laugh, I know it’s a skirt and I know how to put one on, but how the hell do I style this thing with everything else in my wardrobe? Soon after getting into sewing I went through the apparently obligatory twee period that I see in a lot of other new sewing cadets. I get it, you are excited about your new found skills and some fabric and patterns are SO CUTE, but really before sewing I didn’t wear anything much like this. Ok, that’s probably because ‘before sewing’ I was a post-grad student who lived in jeans and T-shirts and anything else I didn’t mind getting melted in a chemistry lab – but I digress. Since then, I’ve found I’m feeling a little allergic to twee.
I know my last project was a pretty pink printed summer dress, but it actually felt quite modern and sleek for all the pattern’s lack of frippery. And that is what this skirt needs. It needs toughening up. It needs to grow a pair already, before it joins the pile destined for the charity shop. It needs a leather biker jacket!
See? Am I right?
Anyway, I don’t know how I got so ranty or talkative all of a sudden. Normally I lay out my making process for your pleasure and leave it at that. So to stop me before I really go full flow, I’ve leave you with this:
Obligatory twirly shot!!!!