Chardon Skirt
from Deer and Doe Follow

High waisted skirt with inverted box pleats, knee length with ribbon to tie at the back. Two variations included, plain or with contrasting hem band.

The pattern envelope contains a full size pattern and a detailed instruction booklet. This pattern is fully bilingual (French/English).

Reviews 1

  • C Sews reviewed 7 years ago

    Pattern Description: A high-waisted skirt with inverted box pleats, side pockets, and optional contrast band at bottom of skirt, zipper in center back, belt loops or bow in the back. 

    Pattern Sizing: 34-46

    I love the pleats! I didn't have to grade up in the hips, which was great. I cut a straight size 44. And I love pockets in a skirt. It was easy to make it into a maxi version.

    This pattern works well with fabrics that have a bit of crispness to them. A fabric with a soft hand won't show the pleats to their full advantage.

    The pattern looks better than the photo featured on Deer & Doe's website. 

    The instructions were easy to follow - but pleat instructions are on one page and then the rest are on following pages so they are not exactly in chronological order.

    I've made three Chardons so far - one version in a floral print, one version with the contrast band, and then a maxi version. I didn't put the bow or the belt loops on my versions. I don't really like bows and I didn't want to wear a belt with them - so no loops either. I really like it without a belt.

    Pattern alterations: I used an invisible zipper (pattern calls for regular zip in center back). So on my maxi version, I decided to move the zipper to the left side, and elminated the pocket on that side. For the maxi version, I added a lining instead of using the facing. I drafted the lining using the facing pattern, extending the line down to the bottom of the skirt. But I forgot to add more ease at the hips so I had rip out my stitches on the right side seam and add a strip of lining to the right side. If you line it, make sure you add enough ease where the pleats are!

    I'm sure I'll make more Chardon skirts. This pattern is a TNT for me. I highly recommend it, particularly if you usually need to grade up in the hips.  

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