Oh dear, once again I have made something black and it's really difficult to photograph. I promise I don't have any other black fabric soon to be sewn up and blogged!
Here is an overexposed photo so you can actually see the skirt:
This is the Chardon Skirt by Deer & Doe. I was surprised to find that Deer & Doe send their patterns from France to anywhere, postage free. How fab is that?!*******Edited to add: I was wrong! Deer & Doe offer extremely reasonable international postal charges, but it's PAPERCUT patterns who ship anywhere in the world FOC. So sorry about that mistake. I suddenly realised my error when a Papercut pattern arrived in the post this morning and jogged my memory!*******
The patterns themselves have lovely packaging, which always helps (!), and the pattern is printed on paper rather than tissue paper.
I seem to be choosing only quick makes recently as, along with the Anna Dress, this was crazy quick to make. I mean, seriously fast. It's two rectangles with pleats, and a facing. Oh, and ties or belt loops. And a zip. I made option B (the longer version) but with the ties from option A instead of the belt loops.
My hem is level even though it looks terribly wonky.
I made the size 40, which is for a 28.5" waist (my exact measurement), thinking if it was too big I would be able to pull it in a bit with the tie. It's definitely too big, even with 2cm taken out. Next time I would make the next size down. I'm not sure if the fact that my cotton sateen (from Truro Fabrics) has a little give has anything to do with this; it's not stretch sateen though.
I like the way the pattern says to topstitch along the sides of the pleats to keep them in place. But I was surprised to find there was no mention of understitching the facing at the waistline. Without topstitching, the facing wants to pop out of the top of the skirt. A beginner wouldn't know to do this, so it would be helpful to have it in the instructions. Unless I've been a total donkey and missed it!
I like this skirt a lot and may make another. But good grief, I have so much stuff I want to make.
Right now I'm working on a Victory Patterns Lola Dress in bright blue knit. I sometimes find knits tricky...let's see what happens!