FO: La Jupe Chardon Dijonnaise

 Do not be fooled by that patch of sunlight – it is only 7 degrees Celsius out here and I am about to freeze!
This is the Chardon skirt by Deer and Doe which I began sewing over two weeks ago.
Then life intervened.
FL and I have both been under the weather.  I am much better now, but he is still coughing himself inside out. Sigh.

 I have a new skirt! Hooray!
Pattern: Chardon skirt by Deer and Doe, size 38
Fabric:  Gorgeous mustard linen, gifted to me by my dear blog-pal Jessica.
She made a skirt (which I can’t find on her blog – tsk!) and sent me the leftovers because she knew I was having a major mustard moment,  Thank you, thank you, thank you – it’s perfect!
Other: Grey and white striped bias binding from Frumble Fabrics which I used to finish the waist facing and inside the hem. An invisible zip.  One of my “Persuasion” quote labels.

Back waist before folding the facing to the inside

I was determined not to rush this project and took my time to finish all the raw edges and topstitch the pleats.
Saying that, I got confused about which view I was making and had to unpick a couple of pleats to insert the bow at the back.
Oh yeah – I almost forgot to show you the best part!

Isn’t that the cutest back waistband you ever saw?!
(Humour me.)
I wanted to make a skirt that was work-appropriate, but didn’t want to suck all the joy out of this sunny fabric.  The bow belt feature sang out to me when I first spotted this pattern… and it also does a great job of covering up a dodgy “invisible” zip insertion!
This was the first time I used the special invisible zip foot attachment on my Bernina, and it went a bit wonky right at the top.  Just as well I went for this view, eh?!

I love it!
I prefer high-waisted skirts and was on the look out for a new twist on that style after making a slew of Gingers and Kellys.
The Chardon is wider and more shapely than either of those, giving it more movement.  This linen is the ideal weight to give body to the pleats without causing bulky seams.  I used the same material for the side-seam pockets and they hang really nicely.
I decided not to line it, after all the problems I had with my Kellys.  I really must make or buy an underskirt / slip.  It looks wonderfully crisp right now, but what will it be like after a day at the office?

Will I make more of these?
Oh yes!
I have some alarmingly watermelon-coloured linen in the depths of the stash that may have found its vocation.
But I am equally tempted to make a plain black everyday staple of a skirt, with belt loops rather than a bow.
And I may need to be physically restrained from buying some metallic-finish aquamarine denim to make the contrast-hem version using the reverse of the fabric – ooh yeah!