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Posted on:4/1/14 3:56 PM
Project Photo:By Hand London: Charlotte Skirt by chenille

Pattern Photo:By Hand London Charlotte Skirt
By Hand London Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
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Fabric:Cotton Sateen w Spandex  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
A high waisted pencil skirt with peplum and hem ruffle variations. This skirt has been designed with an hourglass figure in mind, allowing a generous amount of ease at the hips.
Pattern Sizing:
US/UK 2/6 - 16/20 (waist 25-38 hip 35-48)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, although my version is shorter
Were the instructions easy to follow?
very
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a very simple pattern and very well drafted. Love the double pleats. It was so easy to alter the flat pattern to fit.
Fabric Used:
cotton sateen with 2%spandex + poly lining non-stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
BHL has a sew-a-long here Tracing between sizes was easy. I went by my desired finished measurements and graded a larger waist to a smaller hip. The size hip determined which hem width I chose. I did make a muslin. Those darts are long and I wanted the front to lie flat without any pulling between the darts. I did need to shorten my darts a little and also ended up taking the hip in a little as well. I chose to fully line my skirt and used an invisible zip.
The only real change I would make would be to fully interface the waistband, and to taper it a little at the sides as it's just a straight rectangle. Oh, and to put in the back slit/vent - I made sure I had enough room to sit comfortably in this, but no back vent means I can't get in DH's truck - at least not by myself!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes and yes
Conclusion:
It takes skill to draft a simple pattern well - not a lot of places to hide poor drafting skills! I've had this pattern for awhile and glad I finally got around to it. I definitely see a combo Anna/Charlotte mix in my future, as well as one with the peplum.
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4 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
ISewedIt said...
very cute skirt!
4/1/14 8:24 PM
canei said...
Love it!
4/2/14 8:10 AM
canei said...
Love it!
4/2/14 8:10 AM
kjcaron said...
Very pretty and flattering!
4/2/14 4:10 PM
 
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