I made this outfit over Christmas, after much internal debate with myself over whether a maxi length Chardon skirt would make me look frumpy I took the risk and was rewarded with a skirt I have worn many times since.
The top was a quick slash neck make based on the Meg McElwee long sleeved Tee from Craftsy Online Sewing Class Sewing with knits and is my basic go-to long sleeved Tee pattern (there are 5 patterns included with the class) and a batwing top from December Burda magazine
I lengthened the skirt by 30 cm from the hem, otherwise it is as the pattern, size 38. The fabric is a lightly brushed cotton, Nani Iro Pocho in charcoal from Eternal Maker. It reminds me of Little Women and The Railway Children, with their flannel dresses and underskirts. It is warm and soft and doesn't need lining- all good factors for a winter skirt.
This was back on Christmas day morning, Lula took the pics. A beautiful day followed by the beach the next day and then followed by a whole lot of rain.
Deer and Doe usually recommend a facing or bias binding finish with all their hems and I like the effect. I used a fat eighth of some Oakshott impressions (Auvers). It is lightweight and takes an iron well to make binding. I did have to join a lot of strips to make it all round the hem but it was worth it for such a neat edge.
For the pockets, I used a little Liberty from Jo's shop. I made my husband a scarf from this print and some twill flannel and it has been a big hit- more on that another time
Life is quiet here at the moment. This time of year is always a bit of a struggle to be honest. I am working on my mindfulness and I've kept the meditation and practices going for 4 weeks now. I've noticed that mindfulness can be a little dull, but then there are moments when I reach a state of stillness that I haven't found before and it is encouraging and I want to see where it will go next. My arms are sore and the nerves are irritated so I can't do much sewing so I am planning and plotting for lighter times when my hands are back to full power. I like some bulbs on the window in January to remind me that spring is on its way.