|Megan Nielsen: MN2203 (Tania Culottes) - Type:Shorts |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Rayon Challis [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: 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 centre front and back pleats to create the illusion of a skirt. Comes in short length, and is easily adapted to longer hems|
Pattern Sizing: XS-XL (waist 26" to 34") I made the XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? YES, but I added 3" to the length
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that these culottes looked like a skirt, and that no one would guess that it's not.
Fabric Used: Rayon Challis
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 3" to the length. I am 5'-2" tall (aka short) and they now only come to the top of my knee. So check the finished length before cutting them out! I had 2 yards of 54" wide fabric and was just able to fit the pattern pieces on it.
I should have made the waist a little smaller but it's fine since I typically don't tuck my shirts in. Next time I will take it in a little bit.
I allowed the culottes to hang for 3 days prior to hemming so that the bias would stretch out. I used my laser level to mark how much to trim off the bottom before hemming.
Photo using laser level
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and an enthusiastic yes!! I recommend using a fabric that will press well. I followed the pattern's instructions for hemming: sew 1/4" from the raw edge, press up along that stitching, turn up another 1/4 the press and then sew. This worked well with my fabric, but thankfully the rayon challis pressed really well. If it hadn't, hemming would have been a complete nightmare.
Conclusion: I knew when I saw this pattern that it would be something I'd love. It has the versatility of shorts (don't have to sit like a lady all the time) with the look of a skirt. I love this pattern and will definitely make more!
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