Striped Charlotte

Peplum, yes please!

I have no idea why it took me so long to sew my own Charlotte Skirt since every version that I’ve seen is stunning. And I don’t need to tell you how flattering or perfect this pattern is because I’m sure you already know.

I’ve been pretty excited about all the large stripes in clothing lately (linklink, link, link, link, link, link, link) and I thought I’d try my hand at the trend. This fabric is a home dec weight canvas I found at Grey’s Fabric and Notions. It was pretty difficult to gather the peplum due to the bulk created by two layers of canvas, but after 45 minutes I was victorious.

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I used the Charlotte Skirt pattern from By Hand London cut in a size 4. The pattern calls for 3 and ¾ yards of fabric which seems outrageous for a pencil skirt! I discovered that the yardage was eaten up by the peplum since it is cut in one VERY long piece. I was able to get away with 2 yards of fabric by dividing the peplum into three rectangles that lined up with the side seams of the skirt. Being vertically challenged I was obliged to remove six inches from the bottom of the pattern before hemming. I also added a kick pleat to the center back seam because it would be impossible to walk reasonably without one in a skirt this tapered.

I’m planning a short post in a week or so to show how I altered the back pattern piece for a kick pleat .I’ll also provide links to my favorite kick pleat tutorials.


Charlotte skirt pattern, By Hand London

2 yards of canvas canopy stripe fabric

2 yards of black lining

½ yard of fusible interfacing

Invisible zipper

Hook and eye


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Striped Charlotte