The First Charlotte Skirt

Ta Da!

Please welcome the lovely Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London!


I love this pattern!  I’d been planning to buy it at some point in the future… but then along came the sewalong so I had to have it NOW.  (Well played, girls, well played.)

It was the first indie pattern I’d bought and I know it’s been said before, but I love the packaging.  So much nicer than the Big 4.

So.  The skirt.

I measured 8 in the waist, 2 in the hips.  So I went the lazy way and just cut an 8.  I allegedly have an hourglass figure, but apparently not that much of an hourglass figure, because I had to remove a heap off the waist.  Not really surprising, as it was three sizes too big.

The fabric came from an antique furniture store around the corner from my flat.  They had a closing down sale and I found this in a box under the table for $2.  It’s a really heavy cotton, almost into upholstery weight, but not quite.

I went with the unadorned skirt, because while I love the pepulum and ruffle on other people, it’s really not me.  At all.  But I do like me a pencil skirt.  🙂  It’s definitely not a straight skirt – I love the curves in it and it’s super flattering.

skirt-frontI also skipped the lining, because on the Gold Coast it’s hot 90% of the time and a lining is just extra fabric, which is extra warmth.  And I didn’t want to go buy lining…

Anyway, I love it.  I have another two cut out and waiting to be put together.  But my list of half-finished projects is so incredibly long at the moment that it might take a while before I get there.


Yeah, I’m not exactly a natural in front of the camera (what on earth are you meant to do with your arms??)…  but this was the best one I got from the side.  I like how it makes me look quite thin.  🙂

Next time I’ll make the split at the back a little longer – it’s still a fraction too tight.  General walking is fine, but uphill slopes are…challenging.

I did have a little giggle during my fitting process.  I live in an itty-bitty granny flat, with no full length mirror, except for a really long one above the washing machine.  So in order to check the fit I had to climb onto a chair in the middle of my kitchen/laundry/bathroom.  Except that is really difficult in an unhemmed, tight pencil skirt, so I had a sort of jump thing going where I’d hold myself off the ground using the kitchen bench and swing my legs up.  Yeah, it was pretty awesome.  And I still ripped it once.  🙁

The construction isn’t perfect.  I completely butchered the split (Mitered corners?  What mitered corners?) and I need to reposition the snap above the zip.  But I’m still very pleased with this skirt and can’t wait to make my next two.  🙂

This picture just made me laugh and highlighted the problems with having your 6’4″ boyfriend take a picture.  Please note I am 5’5″, not 2′ as this picture seems to suggest…  I had anticipated that his pictures would be better than the ones I took with the self-timer.  But the angle here is… not ideal.