This is Variation 3, and it says on the pattern that you need 2 1/4 yards of fabric. I say - nonsense! I made mine with 60" wide fabric that was 83cm long: so there! I did shorten it by 4.5 inches though.
This was really easy to make, and made even easier by the sewalong on the By Hand London web site, which even tells you how to add a lining. The photo below is probably closest to the real colour. I'm not sure what the fabric is because it came from my Granny, I'm guessing it's gabardine. Whatever it is, it's nice and heavy.
I love the double darts.
But my favourite bit is the invisible zip. It really is invisible! I used the tutorial here on the By Hand London website - this is how I will be doing invisible zips from now on. In this tutorial you put the zip in first, using an invisible zipper foot, then sew up the back seam using a normal zipper foot. This was a bit of a revelation for me, because I had always sewed the seam first, but then got a weird ripple where the seam meets the bottom of the zip.
Apologies for the creases, I'd been wearing it before I took the photos.
My snazzy magenta purple lining is from Sew N Sew in Belfast, and I used some pop fasteners on the waistband.
The pattern suggests leaving a 4 inch split at the back, so you can actually walk in it. I duly made a 4 inch split, but I heard the stitches pull as I was getting out of the car! In the photo below the white arrow is pointing to the top of the 4 inches, and the black arrow is where it stopped coming apart. So I'll have to fix it, and maybe do two rows of stitching to strengthen it a bit.
This is a lovely pattern, the shape is so flattering, and it's very easy to make. I can definitely see more Charlottes in my wardrobe, I'm thinking red and green.