I have had this stylish By Hand London Charlotte pencil skirt cut out for a couple of months and managed to finish it this week just in time for some warm weather. It could be considered quite an old indie pattern by today's standards and there are some fab versions out there. My favourites are:
This red wool Charlotte skirt by Lauren from Lladybird:
Oona Baloona's amazing floral Charlotte skirt:
And finally Elisalex from By Hand London's amazing tropical Charlotte skirt with back split:
The fabric was a gift from my friend Sophie who lives in Hong Kong. She has an amazing eye for fabric and I wouldn't necessarily have picked this colourful printed barkcloth myself, but I am so glad I paired it with the classic shape of the Charlotte pencil skirt.
I have made a few pencil skirts before here and here with the Simplicity 2154 retro pattern. The construction of the BHL Charlotte was pretty similar so it was a pretty speedy sew.
With only one metre of fabric I had to be careful with pattern placement. I had to cut a second waistband as the first one was way too short (not sure if that was my error or not) so I lengthened the waistband slightly so there was more overlap for a press-stud. I also had to take a little in at the hip area but other than that it is a very good fit.
I finished the seams on the inside with bias binding because the barkcloth frayed really easily. I also hand-stitched the waistband and the hem. I added two press-studs to secure the waistband into place.
The only slight niggle I have with the skirt is my not-so-invisible zip insertion. I am borrowing a sewing machine whilst I decide what to do with mine and it doesn't have an invisible zip foot, so it's a little more noticeable than my usual efforts! I can always re-do it when I get my old machine working (or get a new machine.....).
Overall, I am really happy with this skirt and it certainly added a little colour to what has been a pretty grey week so far here in the UK.
Pattern: By Hand London Charlotte Skirt Pattern = £9.00
Fabric: 1 metre of barkcloth from my friend Sophie in Hong Kong = free
Gutterman Thread: White from stash = free
Invisible Zip: White = £1.00
Bias Binding: Assorted coloured bias binding from stash = free
Press-studs: from my Grandma's stash = free
Check out lots of other cool crafty blogs at #handmademonday organised by Julia of Sum of their Stories.