This summer has been perfect for dressmakers. Summer dresses and skirts that would barely get an outing in the last couple of years have been promoted to wardrobe essentials. I used some Nani Iro Pon Pocho double gauze from Eternal Maker to make a Deer and Doe Chardon skirt.
Lula took the snaps and they were very much on the move as we were en route to meet a friend and her children. The print comes with an irregular border pattern on the selvedges which are perfect for the back bow belt and pocket detail.
As with all Deer and Doe patterns, I found the cut and the fit were spot on. Their pattern pieces fit together beautifully every time. This is a straightforward skirt, you only need to measure your waist- and I am talk about your proper waist where you bend either side, and with the style, no practice run was needed. The side pockets are generous and placed quite low, just where they need to be for walking with your hands in your pockets.
The bag was made a few years back, pattern from Pochee magazine vol 7 spring 2009 (you can find this magazine on Etsy/ebay from time to time).
I have worn the skirt a lot. It is great to travel in, floaty and light but not sheer and a pretty feminine style. Double gauze worked well as it hangs nicely and doesn't create bulk at the waist box pleats.
I added cotton tape at each box pleat to add support (pics 1 and 2 right to left below) and I also added a light woven interfacing when I inserted the back zipper (not shown) and prettied up the waistband facing edge and the hem with Liberty lawn from a thrifted shirt (pic 3 below.
Fabric: Nani Iro Pon Pocho in blue. I used 1.75m
Length: cut to the longest length of largest size and added 1/2"
Box pleat: reinforced with 3/8" cotton tape and top stitched 1/8" either side
Waist Facing: graded (layered) the seam allowance and under stitched (where the facing is stitched to the seam. And top stitched on outside front edge only. Secured facing to zip and side seams.
Hem: used bias strip as facing