Ideal for every day wear, this modern take on culottes combines the practicality of shorts with the cuteness of a circle skirt. Pattern features a fitted waistband, wonderful drape, invisible side seam zipper and hidden center front and back pleats to create the illusion of a skirt. Comes in short length, and is easily adapted to longer hems
XS-XL I used the XL size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were nicely documented and easy to read.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like - The front pleat is a nice detail that makes the culottes look more like a skirt.
Dislike - Damn these are short. Even with 4 extra inches they feel too short. Guess I'm just an "old lady" that likes her skirts at her knees or below. To be fair it's clearly stated that the culottes are mini skirt length.
Milly silk twill from Gorgeous Fabrics last year.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The XL size didn't need too many alterations thanks to the inherent looseness of culottes.
1. Took in the waistband 1/2" at side seams.
2. Scooped back crotch 1".
3. Added 4" of additional length.
When I made these up the center part of the culotte arc stretched more since it was on the bias. I'm pretty sure the fabric being a twill was part of the problem. Anyway I had a really wavy hem. I let it hang for a few days to set the bias. Then measured the side seams and CF/CB to see how long they were. Next that length was painstakingly marked across each culotte crescent and cut it down with the rotary cutter.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew again if in the mood and I do recommend if you love culottes.
If you do have a lot of junk in the trunk, like I do, be prepared to be some what horrified at the volume of fabric cascading off your giant ass. It's like a train wreak you can't look away from. But a longish tee will tamp that down just fine. Then you can wear your short skirt/long shorts with abandon. Swish them around cause it's fun, swish swish.