Melissa wisely commented...
"ooh I can't wait to see the Versace skirt in real life - I have that issue but the model photo really frightens me, like it'd show every little ounce of belly. That you're so enthusiastic totally intrigues me."
...which is interesting and got me thinking that it is very rare for me to select a pattern based on magazine photos these days, I really just look at the line drawings.
In this case I think the model is just doing one of those model-ly poses and trying to look curvier than she is, or something! At the end of the day this is a pretty simple, slightly high waisted pencil skirt. I like it because;
1) Its based on a Versace design and I am a total sucker for that kind of thing.
2) The section seams are placed further out to the side seams which suits my shape better.
3) The cut is slim, yet there is no need for a back vent - admittedly I haven't tried climbing on a bus in this yet though.
4) For Christmas my husband got me a years subscription to Patrones so I wanted to get a bit of practice in and get comfortable with the sizing.
If you already have a pencil skirt pattern that you like then there is certainly no need to try and track down this old Patrones or the February Burda mag looks like it has 2 decent pencil skirts in it. The second one is very similar to my skirt - the back looks the same and the front has darts instead of seams to shape the front.
Anyway enough waffle, here is the finished skirt, like most pencil skirts, it's versatile, classic and quick to make too. This is going to be part of a mini grey collection (details to follow....) so I will show photos when all the pieces are done.