My Autumn and Winter sewing plans include a bit of a Deer and Doe binge, I’ve got the Belladone dress, Bruyere shirt and more Plantain tee’s in the queue but thought I’d start with the Chardon skirt. I wanted to check the fit of their patterns and for me the waist measurement is key. The patterns are drafted for hourglass figures and a C-cup, I’ve found with most patterns that if the waist sews up as true from the given measurement, then the bust and hip usually follow. I’ve sewn a couple of plantain’s before and even though they are knits the fit is spot on around the bust and shoulders.
This purple cotton was originally intended to be another Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt (another thing I never got around to!) however the weight makes it ideal for the structured pleats of the Chardon. I also had half a metre of this perfectly co-ordinating cream cotton with little purple flowers left over from another project which was perfect for the pockets and facing.
I must say that the packaging is very pretty and the pattern is printed on thick paper so designed to last. I cut a size 44, which was enough to give me a bit of room to breathe! The instructions are brief but it is a straightforward sew. There are nine inverted box pleats, five at the front and four at the back. I made sure that I back stitched the end of the pleats well as they are in a very high stress area (I actually bust the pleats on my Colette Zinnia after one too many Danish Pastries!) The pleats are also topstitched down for added security. I understitched the facing to help it lie flat and prevent it creeping out. The pattern suggests a lapped zipper but I only had an invisible one in my stash so I went with that. I’ve finally realised where I’ve been going wrong with my zips recently, I’ve had a new iron which runs a fair bit hotter than my last and I think it’s been slightly melting the teeth of the zips which would account for them sticking (doh!)
I opted to add the belt loops, it’s quite a high waisted skirt and I figured a belt would define where my actual waist was (rather than giving me that stumpy torso look) I followed the placement for the loops on the pattern, I thought it was a bit strange as there are two on the front and four across the back but after thinking about it they are perfectly placed as belts do tend to ride up the back once you are sitting.
The pattern recommends using bias binding to finish the hem, as I had used the contrasting fabric for the pockets and facing using bought binding would have just looked wrong so I decided to invest the time and make my own. I’m really glad I did, the bound hem looks lovely, I’m quite tempted to finish all my skirts like this in future. I think the contrasting fabric really elevates this skirt and I am unashamedly proud of it! I really enjoyed sewing it, the pattern is really well drafted, everything comes together easily and most importantly it is true in size.
As you have probably gathered this is my new favourite skirt and will get loads of wear throughout the winter. I’m curious to see how this pattern will work with a lighter fabric with more drape so I have another in the queue. I have high hopes that this will become my number one TNT skirt pattern and I’m really looking forward to sewing more Deer and Doe.
Do you have a favourite pattern company?
25 thoughts on “A Purple Deer and Doe Chardon Skirt”
I really love this skirt on you and the contrasting fabric on the inside is such a great touch. I love the idea of hemming with bias tape– the Pavot jacket pattern uses bias tape for the hem but I hadn’t considered doing it for a skirt. I have the Belladone pattern, too, and I can’t wait to make it once I have a waist again. I have the Bruyere on my wishlist, too!
Thanks Teri! I’m trying to decide on whether to make the Belladone or Bruyere next 😊
Your skirt is beautiful, Helen. Well done! :o)
Thank you Anne!
This skirt is perfect on you, love it with the belt too! I’ve been inspired by your finishing and made a Delphine skirt finished with bias on the hem and seams.
It’s so nice to be to put the extra effort into the finishing, a similar ready to wear skirt would be well out of my budget!
This looks amazing on you! I love the bound hem too and your contrasting fabric is perfect. I think this is a TNT skirt for me too!
I was really inspired to make one after I saw yours, it really is a great pattern!
A purple skirt with pockets, that is just perfect in my books. Personally I do seem to have an unhealthy obsession with New Look 6106, I have 10 different versions, 3 of which are purple.
I’ve got a bit if a purple obsession, just finished a purple ladyskater, nearly finished my second purple cardigan and bought yarn for a purple hat! Will probably look like a giant aubergine 🍆!
This skirt is very flattering on you. I’ll have to take another look at the Chardon pattern.
I’m looking forward to seeing your next version.
It was a real joy to sew, I’d highly recommend it!
Very nice! I really don’t have a favourite pattern company, I love trying a few from here and a few from there!
Thanks, glad I finally got around to trying deer and doe, it’s nice finding new pattern companies!
This really suits you! It looks great so no wonder you are proud of it! This is why we sew!
Thanks! The best thing about sewing is making things that you know will last for years!
I love this – looks great on you! I thought I didn’t like pleats but this year I have been making more pleated skirts/dresses and I really like the fuller shape.
I’ve realised that pleats are a lot more flattering than gathers, as these are stitched down they lie nice and flat over my stomach!
I love this, it is so flattering on you and is just perfect. I can see you getting a lot of wear out of it!
Thanks Jenna, think I’ve found my go to skirt pattern, I’ve raided the stash and found at least three more to add to the queue!