The Charlie Dress

We big fans of By Hand London‘s stylish sewing patterns, so we were super excited to collaborate with the talented ladies behind the label to bring you an exclusive circle-skirt dress sew along in Simply Sewing issues 12 and 13.

“Aloha! What we love most about sewing at By Hand London HQ is the power it gives you over your personal style. But there’s more! The other thing we really enjoy is the fact that we’re developing a skill,” the By Hand London design trio explain. “Sewing is the perfect creative outlet.”

This simple pattern is perfect for confident beginners looking to learn key sewing skills such as inserting an invisible zip, hemming a circle skirt dress – our clear instructions will take you through the process step by step.  patternshop_charliedress

By Hand London’s The Charlie Dress
Downloadable PDF, £9

Sizes: UK 8-20

■ Construct a fitted dress bodice
■ Make and attached shoulder straps
■ Sew an invisible zip
■ Hem a circle skirt

You will need
■ Fabric: 2.5m (23/4yds) for all sizes (based on fabric 150cm (60in) wide)
■ Invisible zip: 45cm (18in)
■ Zip foot
■ Invisible zip foot
■ Overlocker (optional)
■ Tracing paper
■ Tailor’s chalk
■ Basic sewing kit

Fabric suggestions: Cotton poplin, quilting cotton, twill, drill, linen, chambray, denim, silk habotai, silk crêpe de chine, cotton silk, viscose, corduroy, wool tweed, wool crêpe, flannel