Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Plaid BHL Charlotte Skirt

As mentioned in yesterday's post I am taking part in One Week One Pattern or affectionately known as OWOP. My pattern of choice is the By Hand London Charlotte skirt.

I made it from some black and white plaid twill that has been in my stash for years which I made into this Simplicity 9620 Shift Dress. There is still some left to make another item of clothing too! The fabric frays a lot so I had to be super speedy with the French Seams during construction. I hand-stitched the waistband and hem which was a therapeutic hours sewing.

I added a back split taking inspiration from this Simplicity 2154 Pencil Skirt I made in 2013. The addition of the back split makes this skirt so much more comfortable and easy to walk in. You definitely have to wiggle around with a very restricted gait if you don't add a split / pleat of some description to this pattern.

Here are the internal shots for your viewing pleasure.

Almost perfect plaid matching around the zip

Perfect plaid matching on the internal waistband - where nobody can see it!

Back split and hand-stitched hem

Perfect side seam matching with a French Seam

Neat zip and back seam with Hong Kong seam using black satin bias binding

Tomorrow I'll be wearing my tropical print BHL Charlotte skirt. Hopefully it won't look too out of place on a wintery London day.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Cashmere BHL Charlotte Skirt

Another By Hand London Charlotte skirt. This time in some beautiful cashmere Price of Wales check (that I made my Sew Over It Francine jacket out of) and lined with the same emerald green as the jacket. Worn together it looks like a suit.

The other addition I made to the skirt was to create a hem band and hand stitched the lining to it. I am particularly pleased with my invisible zip and plaid matching skills. Another great bonus is these fabrics have been languishing in my stash box since 2014 after finishing the France jacket. What do you think?

I hand-stitched a black triangle to strengthen the top of the split 

Lined and hand-finished on the waistband and press studs

Added a hem band in the outer fabric 

What invisible zip?
I pledged to take part in the One Week One Pattern this week hosted by Sewisfaction so be prepared to see more By Hand London Charlotte skirts around these parts!

Have you signed up to OWOP17?
If not what would your go to pattern be?