A Post of Many P’s

You -“What exactly is a post of many Ps?”
Me – “Promised Patterns, Pretty Pants, Phabulous Presents, Palace Party, Pampered Pooch & a Professional Project in a Pear tree of course!”

First up the promised pattern drafting tutorial for the 8 gore 6 godet 1930’s style skirt I posted about in September…and the pdf isn’t a squillion pages long this time . 🙂 While writing and diagramming it I realised it made perfect sense to show how to make a basic Pencil Skirt and an A-line skirt pattern along the way. The big plus is not only can the A-line pattern can be cut on the straight grain as for a simple 1940’s tailored skirt but can be cut on the bias too! So all in all a good start to pattern designing your own skirt collection. In my next tutorial effort I’ll show how to split darts and move them around to add the bow detail for the 40’s skirt and drafting the ‘bucket’ pocket to add to the 50’s pencil skirt.

I do want to point out that my tutorial doesn’t at all intend to replace in-depth pattern drafting books. I’ve tried to keep it simple enough for anyone to follow to get the feel of creating patterns for themselves without getting hung up on too much technical stuff. I loathed taking flat-pattern classes way back when- the instructor was a dragon and nothing I did ever came out right …unless I was making patterns styled for Quasi Modo (he’s my knitting muse now instead) Draping on a stand was my idea of heaven however and that was how I created patterns for years. Slowly though I conquered my fear of set squares, fractions and precision points and started to absorb information from the flat pattern cutters I worked along side. Some books, the Natalie Bray series and the 1942 Harriet Pepin in particular were very useful. Now I work back and forth between draping and flat pattern designing equally at home in both. If I can’t figure out how to do something by one method I turn to the other.

Anyhow enough rambling. I hope you get something useful from the skirt tutorial and please come back & show me what you make. Download the skirt drafting pdf here.

Pretty Pants up next: Using VV patterns Abigail of FarmhouseGarden made a very cute pair of ‘Grannie Pannies’ and Ruth shows off her rather cheeky pair of French Knickers at LessonsInScarlet. Have a look and my thanks to them both for showing off their scanties  🙂

On to Phabulous Presents: because that time of year is fast approaching. I’ve made myself two promises regarding presents: first- NO internet shopping. Though it is convenient and I do my fair share I also think it’s important to support small local retailers and sitting in front of a computer is not so much fun as going out and about looking at things (and getting tired feet and banged shins and a short temper… ok well just a little internet shopping maybe). Second- get it done in a timely fashion. Oh-hoho no, that won’t be me running around on Christmas Eve this year 15 minutes before the shops shut. Famous last words.

And of course who doesn’t like to make things to give as gifts? These are two projects I did for the most recent issue of Making Magazine .

Pearly Elf Christmas Stocking

Holiday Hottie Cover









The editor has kindly said I may post the instructions and patterns on my Patterns&Tutorials page for SewVeraVenus readers.


And  almost last but hardly least the Palace Party.
OK, not strictly speaking a party but something I am SO EXCITED about… Caravan Palace are playing Brighton next week and I have tickets! Their Electro Swing music never fails to make me want to dance and it definitely feels like time to party when ever  I hear it.
I won’t be dancing at the gig, my foot still isn’t mended enough for that but I’ll be  jigging about a bit ( in a sedate ladylike manner of course) that’s for sure.


Have a look and listen to Caravan Palace -[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/50917257 w=300&h=200]

So that’s what I call a post of many Ps. I dePart leaving you with a picture of my Pampered Pooch.

Too Pooped to Post More

Ah,  just still one more P after all-

I nearly forgot the Katie outfit I recently designed that was made for her most recent promo.
Couldn’t let you go without a peep at that now could I.

Price in Boots


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LadyD
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 21:47:56

    I finished it my 30’s inspired dress…took your 8gore6goet skirt as a general guide
    hope you like it


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  3. Evie
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 01:27:02

    I love the detailing on these skirts (as usual). I have nominated you for an Inspiring Blogger Award. The post is here:



  4. LadyD
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 22:23:48

    Would the same principal work with a 4 gore skirt? (as I have a 4 gore pencil skirt pattern that I know fits me)


    • VeraVenus
      Dec 15, 2012 @ 13:21:00

      Do you mean the slash & spread method to make it A-line? Yes it would certainly work with a straight pattern you already have that you like the fit of. Just make a copy of it without seam allowances to use as your basic block and carry on from there.


  5. Melanie
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 02:08:05

    Hi there, thanks for the awesome skirt tutorials. I have no pattern-making knowledge, and I found your french-knickers tutorial clear and achievable – so inspiring for a newbie like me! So I can’t wait to start on the skirts, I love the details on each one. Very glad you got over the ‘blues’ as I really enjoy your posts!


    • VeraVenus
      Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:12:21

      Thank you Melanie, especially as your email was what got me moving again! Let me know how you find skirt drafting… I’m here if you hit any snags.


  6. Isis
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 17:20:27

    Wonderful! Thank you!


  7. Pillows A-La-Mode
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 15:28:54

    Thank you for the lovely patterns! I’m SO happy to have found your blog! 🙂 Best, Katherine


  8. VeraVenus
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 09:46:29

    All very welcome and if something isn’t clear in the tutorial just give me a shout.


  9. Rachal
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 22:33:23

    This looks amazing and so timely as I want a pencil skirt desperately! Thanks so much


  10. Caroline
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 22:14:06

    I can´t wait to download the pdf and start drafting! I was hoping that you would start with the 30´s skirt. I really like the way it skims the hips- a flattering design that fits many figures I think. Thank you!


  11. Magical Effects of Thinking
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 20:31:14

    Awesome! I have the perfect material to make a lovely skirt. I now have plans for my weekend. Thanks so much!


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