{Deer and Doe} Chardon skirt - the reboot

Still drawing from my holiday wardrobe, today I have a skirt to share.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember one of my holiday posts, where I said a lady had shouted a compliment at my outfit from inside her car while we were crossing the street. I was a little embarrassed (people were looking! 😂) but it was quite nice, actually. This is what I was wearing that day.
After finishing my Landers (coming soon) I still had quite a bit of twill left. I didn't want another pair of trousers out of it and the fabric is too heavy to be anything other than bottoms. Maybe a skirt? Well, I've been meaning to revisit the Deer and Doe Chardon for quite some time so I took the opportunity and ran with.
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt + New Look 6483 top
I first made this skirt 3 years ago! It was right at the start of my dressmaking and I've worn it a lot. It's looking a bit tired now so it'd be nice to make a new one. 
I cut the size 40 and didn't change anything. I think I might need to try the next size up or maybe grade up on the hips though. If you look closely, there are some wrinkles at the sides, just below the waist. I suspect that's because even though it doesn't FEEL tight I could still use some room around that area.
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt + New Look 6483 top

Also, after all these years, I can finally confirm that I just don't like the way a regular zip looks on garments. Next time, it'll be a concealed one for sure.
I love the details on this pattern. The grown on waist and the inverted box pleats are really feminine and give the skirt a gorgeous shape. 
The fabric was a great choice. Being so stiff, it holds the shape of the skirt really well. But to avoid bulk I made the waist facing and the pockets in a light weight cotton.
Even in a strong wind it keeps its shape!
I was originally going to make version B of the pattern but without the band. That's what I cut to start with. When I tried it on however, it was way too short for me and I knew I would end up not wearing it. Luckily, I had some fabric left and I managed to squeeze the bottom band out of it. I like it much better like this.
I made this skirt in just one afternoon, from cutting to hemming. That made me realise how far I've come since my first stab at it. First time around, it took me DAYS to have it cut and sewn. Probably the best part of a week. These days I can just whip one up on a whim, which was exactly what I did this time.
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt + New Look 6483 top
The top is the Simplicity 6483 which I made out of the remnants of my Bruyere shirt. It's a really nice little pattern, actually. It offers 4 different necklines and there's an option to add short sleeves.
I made version E, which has a boat neck and no sleeves. It's finished with - yep, you guessed it - an all-in-once facing. Man, what's not to love about them? A clean finish inside and out and none of the faffing you get with bias tape. Total winner!
Deer and Doe Chardon skirt + New Look 6483 top
I had heard that the pattern had a lot of ease built into it, so I went down a size. I'm normally a 10 on top with commercial patterns but this time I cut an 8 and it's spot on. I think I need to take some volume off the centre back but I'm not that fussed either way. I might do it for next time though, just to see how much of a difference it makes.

Pattern: Deer and Doe Chardon skirt
Version: B
Size: 40
Changes: none
Fabric: stretchy cotton twill

Pattern: New Look 6483
Version: View E
Size: 8
Changes: none
Fabric: cotton

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