Charlotte Skirt – Finished!

I have finally finished my Charlotte skirt that I was doing with the By Hand sewalong I just needed to do the hem! Here it is in its full glory complete with removable peplum it is without the peplum here is the back, I made a button hole and used a vintage style button. The herringbone fabric and buttons are available at Trixie Lixie lovely blouse was made by my teenage daughter and is the Colette Violet blouse, the lovely Ivory Georgette fabric and pattern for this are also available at Trixie Lixie.

I am now looking forward to joining in with the Elisalex dress sewalong, for more info follow the link


Charlotte skirt sewalong – waistband & removable peplum

I am really enjoying the Charlotte skirt sewalong, it has made me slow down and take my time making a garment rather then rushing in to it and making loads of silly mistakes. I think this has probably got to be the best waistband I have ever fitted!

Charlotte skirtI am still to do the blind stitching but I have a long car journey tomorrow so I shall do it then (I am a passenger not the driver!)

Charlotte skirtAs I said in an earlier post, I don’t want to attach a peplum as I think I will wear this skirt a lot without one, but I would like to occasionally wear it with one so I have made a seperate peplum, all I have done is cut out another waistband and attached it to the peplum!

Charlotte peplumI will put some hooks & eyes on as fasteners and there we are, with or without peplum!

peplumWhoops, that photo is a bit blurred! I will post a better one when I have finished, next step Hemming!


Charlotte skirt sewalong – fitting the lining

I have managed to follow part 4 of the Charlotte Skirt sewalong and fitted my lining.

Charlotte skirt lining I just need to blind stitch the opening at the centre back of the lining to the zipper.

I am still working on my idea for a detachable peplum and will post some pic’s of how I have done it in the next few days.


Charlotte skirt sewalong part 2

I caught up with part 2 of the By Hand Charlotte skirt sewalong

I used the excellent instructions to take my skirt in at the hips and also the really clear zipper instructions, I think it may be the neatest zip I have fitted! are my lovely neat darts looking zipper! taken in on both sides to get the perfect fit! I have looked at the next stage which is attaching the peplum, I am not 100% certain that I will want a peplum so I am going to make a detachable one so that I can wear the skirt with or without it. I will keep you posted on this!

For more info on the sewalong follow this link


You can buy the pattern and the fabric that I am using here

Charlotte Skirt Sewalong

You may remember that I said that I was going to join in with the Charlotte Skirt sewalong in conjunction with By Hand London, any way it started on 14th Jan and I was so busy I missed the first 2 sewalongs, well I have caught up with the first one and cut out my fabric fabric I am using is a lovely winter weight soft wool blend in a herringbone pattern, it is lovely and soft and has glittery bits woven into it ( £11 a metre at Trixie Lixie)

I need to catch up on stage 2 so I will keep you posted!

If you want to join in or find out more follow this link

By Hand London

I have to do one more post tonight as I am so excited about these new patterns from By Hand London, they are a brand spanking new sewing pattern supplier who are based in London.  We received our stock TODAY so they are now available to buy here Trixie Lixie

The Charlotte Skirt (Beginner)

The Elisalex Dress (Intermediate)

I can’t wait to make both of these!

Exciting NEW British designed sewing patterns!

I am really excited about these brand new sewing patterns that are due in at the end of the month at Trixie Lixie. They are the first collection from By Hand London check out their blog for more information on the design team. Here are the 2 patterns!

Presenting the Charlotte Skirt:

And the Elisalex Dress

I want to make one of EVERY version!