FO: La Jupe Chardon Pasteque

Quelle surprise!  It’s another Chardon skirt from the Deer & Doe pattern, this time in watermelon-pink linen.

This fabric has been in my stash since 2004, when I bought it to make a dress for my little girl.  Ha!  Listen to me, all you young mums out there: THEY GROW UP!  I have thought about using this fabric every summer.  Last year it almost became a pair of swishy pleated shorts, but luckily I revised my plans.  I think I will get a lot more wear out of a skirt than shorts.

Pattern:  Deer & Doe Jupe Chardon, size 38
Fabric:  Heavy watermelon linen bought from Little Shop of Treasures at ebay in 2004, about £12?
Other:  Michael Miller Peace symbol bias binding from Frumble Fabrics, about £3.50.  Another metre of plain white binding for the centre back seam, about 40p from stash.  Zip and thread bought locally for far too much, but I needed it, so there you go, c’est la vie, shrugs.  Oh – and a “I am half agony half hope” label, naturellement!

I started making this skirt last Sunday and have been dipping in and out of it across the week.  This was supposed to make me feel like I was making progress, but actually made me feel like I had been sewing it forever!
I took care not to rush this project, and added binding to the centre back seam, to prevent fraying around the zip.  I tried to do a lapped zip from memory, but it’s not perfect.  Maybe I need to research  different zip sewing methods as I seem to have lost my touch.  Once again I am grateful to the bow-tie for covering my dodgy zip-sewing!

I used the fancy Michael Miller binding at its full width on the hem, and half-width to bind the lower edge of the waist facing.

Stash-busting of the very best kind!
It feels really good to put this fabric to good use, after lurking in my stash suitcase for so many years.
Yes, it is a strong colour, but I am coming to realise that my happiest me-mades are the confident ones.
I love the swishiness of the Chardon skirt, and though the back bow is dangerously girly, it pleases me.

And best of all, I finally have a bottom half that goes well with my Raindrops on Roses top – yippee!