Released in 2013 in the first “spring-summer” Deer&Doe collection, the Chardon skirt was quickly adopted by many of you as a tried-and-true wardrobe staple. We’ve already seen hundreds of lovely versions shared on blogs and social media (check them out with the #ddchardon hashtag), and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon… The record is held at the moment by Barbara from Bee Made, who has sewn five of them! Who can top that?
One of the strong points of the Chardon pattern is its versatility: even though it was released in the spring, it works for all seasons. As long as the fabric it supple enough to avoid the pleats creating too much volume, anything goes, from rayon to wools.
Chardon skirts in lightweight fabric such as cotton lawn or chambray are perfect for the summer months. If you are looking for a swishy skirt, you can also use a cotton/rayon blend: rayon will give the skirt a beautiful drape and a slimmer silhouette, while cotton will ensure the solidity of the fabric. And for the hotter days of the season, a linen Chardon will let your skin breathe comfortably.
It’s also a great time of the year to have fun with colors and patterns: colorblock, wax, tiny flowers or pineapples… And of course, summery stripes, like in the lovely version made by Je vous le donne Emile featured in this post’s header.
Chardon is also great for colder weather, made out of heavier twills and cotton sateens. This is the season to play with textures: wool, velvet… Let’s not forget autumnal patterns, like dark florals and plaid. And with tights, you can go for the shorter version: just discard the bottom band of version B and hem the top part for a mini-Chardon!