FO: Deer & Doe Chardon au Chocolat


I bought this brown wool / viscose fabric from Little Shop of Treasures on ebay in August 2011.    Unbelievably, they are still selling it – go ahead and make them an offer – it is lovely stuff!  I am pretty sure I paid about £14 for 1.5 metres, although admittedly that was two years ago.

Pattern:  Chardon skirt by Deer & Doe, size 38
Fabric:  As above.  I pre-washed it in the machine on a wool cycle, and it warped slightly in the brisk wind on the washing line but I don’t think it shrank at all.
Other:  Anti-static lining (less than 1 metre); invisible zip, thread, woven fusible interfacing, thread:  all from stash.

After sewing two successful Chardon skirts out of linen in the summer, I was keen to make a wintery version.  This wool was perfect for the job:  drapey and substantial with a slight sheen, it has a felted texture which stops it from fraying – so there was no need to zigzag the raw edges – woo hoo!
I lined it with some anti-static fabric, using the shape of the pleated skirt pieces as a template to cut the lining.  It is sandwiched between the skirt and facing pieces, and slip-stitched to the zip tape at the centre back.  I also stitched through all the layers (stitching over the top-stitching on the box pleats) to secure the waist facing and prevent it rolling out.

I wanted this to be a wardrobe staple, so kept it simple:  no bow at the back, and no belt loops.  It is a plain chocolate brown wool skirt, and all the better for it.
The hem is faced with black satin bias tape.
And I used an invisible zip at the centre back – successfully!
It was a straightforward project that ought to have taken me a day at the most, but circumstances meant I had to nibble at it in short bursts of activity over three weeks, which I found frustrating.

I can’t believe it has taken me 2 years to use this fabric.  It is warm and soft and lovely.
I knew I wanted a pleated skirt, and this high-waisted style manages to provide volume without excessive bulk.
And of course it has those beloved side-seam pockets for swaggering around in a tomboyish fashion, whistling nonchalantly.

I know already that this is a garment I will wear all winter with different combinations of top / cardigan / scarf / shawl.
This is how it looks with my Betty Jean McNeil cardigan and Mermaid’s Song Shawl, but it works well with my lime green cardigan too.

Will I make another?
It is entirely possible… but I have a new pattern I am itching to try out soon.
Have you seen the Peggy skirt by BlueGingerDoll?
Mary of the Idle Fancy blog has made it twice, and I love them both.  I am planning a black moleskin version for starters…

Next project?