A little bit more of Summer

September 4, 2014


My week in France, with close to freezing temperatures when I visited my grandmother in the north, left me sick and dreaming of Fall sewing. But now that I’m back to the heat of North Carolina, forget the flannel, it’s time for linen skirts!


I might be a bit obsessed lately, it is yet another Deer&Doe pattern, the Chardon skirt. I made it at the beginning of the Summer, when I wanted to get back into sewing on a new machine, and I needed a pattern that would be easy and fun. I had made a Chardon skirt before, but I had not tried the two-toned version with the back bow, even though it was my favorite when the pattern was released, so I was eager to make it.


I bought the fabric on the French website Cousette over a year ago, it is linen in colorways Aqua and Bleu canard. It’s very pretty, but I wish it had a bit more structure. Still, it behaved very nicely.


I love this skirt, but I have to admit I did not wear it much since I made it. It is pretty, but not that comfortable. Unlike other people, the very high waist does not bother me at all, the problem is the bow in the back! At work, I’m always either at my computer or sitting down in meetings, so having this knot digging into my back all the time can be quite painful. So I only wear it on weekends… I’d like to make a really basic version in chambray, just like the one from Deer&Doe. Although, now that I look at these pictures, I really think I should wear this one more often…


Chardon Aqua
Chardon – Deer&Doe
Size 38
Linen from Cousette


  1. sarah

    - September 4, 2014

    I absolutely love this — my favorite Chardon I’ve seen. You should wear it all the time!

    • Camille

      - September 5, 2014

      Thanks, that is so sweet! 🙂

  2. Sally

    - September 5, 2014

    Love this! I have white and gray fabric to make a colorblocked Chardon skirt, if I can ever get around to it! And a quick question – do you wear size 38 in D&D patterns for all 3 measurements (b/w/h)?? 🙂

    • Camille

      - September 5, 2014

      Oh that sounds just like the one from the Deer&Doe website, I love this color combination!
      Actually, I’m a 38 at bust and waist but more like a 42 at the hips… talk about pear shaped! I lost a good amount of weight recently though so that might have changed, but anyway I always make Deer&Doe patterns in 42 all over as they are drafted wide enough at the hips. I just have to trace from 38 to 42 for the Chataigne shorts (I made a first muslin that was a failure, I’ll have to get back to it)

      • Camille

        - September 5, 2014

        Erm… I meant 38 all over!

  3. fran

    - September 5, 2014

    Thought I’d hop over the English version and say hello from here today!

    Like the girls above me, I’m also a big fan of your two-coloured version (it actually made me think I’d like to sew this pattern when I saw it this morning!) 🙂

    • Camille

      - September 5, 2014

      Thank you Fran 🙂

  4. Sally

    - September 7, 2014

    Cool! That is actually my exact shape too, I may even be a 44 or 46 at the hips :O Lol – I am planning on making a LOT of deer and doe patterns this fall, so I am excited to reference your makes, since we are similarly sized, and both tall!!! Hooray 🙂

    • Camille

      - September 8, 2014

      I am very excited to see this!! I see you as my sewing alter ego 😉 If you are making the Bruyère, you also shouldn’t need to grade it up at the hips, the pleats give enough room.

  5. Laurel

    - September 8, 2014

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and have nominated you for a liebster award! http://handmadebylaurel.blogspot.ca/2014/09/liebster-award.html

    • Camille

      - October 11, 2014

      Thanks for the nomination Laurel! I’ll try to answer the questions but it might take me some time (I’m like a month behind on comments and blog posts argh!)

  6. Chuleenan

    - September 15, 2014

    This is a very pretty skirt! Thanks for mentioning that the bow in the back is annoying. I like wearing skirts to work. If I get this pattern, I think I would do something different in the back.

    • Camille

      - October 11, 2014

      Thanks! Now that I decided to simply undo the bow when I’m sitting down it is perfectly wearable 🙂

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