Sewing Projects


A few months back my girls at By Hand London sent me the Charlotte Skirt along with the Elisalex dress (which I made here).  It’s been a bit of a saga to document this project due to multiple camera and hard drive snafus but last weekend I finally managed to get some shots of my new favourite separate. Which I realize now are slightly out of focus. Again. Forgive me.

The Charlotte is a classic pencil skirt with the option to make a peplum or ruffle variation. In desperate need of professional skirts to wear to meetings, I pulled out a black & white herringbone wool check left over from this project and decided it would make a great choice for the peplum version. I was keen on merging the classic, slightly masculine fabric with the hyper feminine shape of the peplum.

I’m thrilled with it. I wore it for the first time to a big meeting with a potential new client. I am assuming the skirt is the reason we landed said client. Polished but still quirky, it may be my new true love skirt pattern –  I plan on knocking out a few more versions, especially since it may be a few months before it is cool enough to wear wool again. And a 9 to 5er can NEVER have enough polished pencil skirts.

The pattern itself was incredibly easy to follow. I lined it with a navy bemberg, and spent considerable time matching the print. Because the skirt didn’t need to be eased at the hem, I just machine-stitched it rather than hand sewing and it came together really quickly. So much do I love this pattern that it is the one I am going to use when I start doing the beginners sewing workshops my friends have been clamouring for. The BHL packaging is so gorgeous that it’s really a beautiful object and keepsake and I think is the sort of thing that a new sewist would be thrilled to own.

I’ve also recently finished a sleeveless version of the new By Hand blazer as well! I’m going to snap it this weekend. It’s another great wardrobe basic – those girls don’t mess around.

Finally, the Bombshell Pattern will be available this weekend! I promise!

  • Nikki O

    Love it! I can’t wait to make one. 🙂

  • Suzie W

    Looks fab! I’d like to come to one of your workshops please 🙂

  • Bec Stitches

    Definitely the reason for the big client. Looks gorg:)

  • JuliaBobbin

    Dang! Can I please be your big client?!! Gorgeous!

  • mokosha

    hell yeah! that’s what i call a skirt!

  • Ezmae Watson

    I really like this! It’s smart and a bit sexy.

  • A Stitching Odyssey

    POW!!! This is soooo hot Heather! You look smokin’ in this little number! Aaaand, I totally had a premonition about you and the sleeveless Victoria…you two are a match made in heaven. Can’t wait to see her ;o)

  • Lauren Taylor

    NO DUH that’s exactly the reason why you landed the client! That is a hot skirt, yo! 🙂

  • Sassy T

    Probably already said this before but you’re too damn cool lol

  • sallieforrer

    Hot Damn!! Thats a good looking skirt!! If that’s your “power skirt” than your clients don’t stand a chance!! Great pairing of pattern and fabric. Love, all around!

  • This looks AWESOME! It’s totally va-va-voom! Can’t wait to see your blazer!

  • honigdesign


  • I love it. Pure. Simple.

    Mixing that staid plaid with such a fun flirty pattern gives it so much visual interest, and makes it pretty versatile too. This is definitely one of those garments that could take you from meetings on a friday to drinks on a friday night. You’re looking great!

  • Charlotte Hintzen

    Yes!! Have you seen Paris is Burning? Well, in the words of those ladies, this look is straight up ‘executive realness’.

  • Have I seen Paris is Burning? WHAT DO YOU THINK CHARLOTTE! Best. Description. Ever.

  • elisalex

    Executive Realness!!!! YES. We have executive realness meetings over here. You should come. In this skirt xxx

  • This is such an awesome skirt! It does seem like the pattern was made for you. The style really suits you. Totally the reason you landed the client! 🙂