Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Culottes an Encore!

This is the second time I've made Megan Nielsen's Tania Culottes and again its a great pattern with great results.  I'm a little on the fence about my fabric choice.  The fabric is from a local thrift store and is a natural fiber, I'm thinking viscose/rayon something or other.  Breathable- check, drapey- check.  But the design is kinda busy so I'm not really sure if it has any business being on the bottom half of my outfit....but any-who the deed is done and I'm moving on.  
 I did make a few changes to this version and went back and made the same changes to my last version found here.  The first pair was a size medium based on my measurements but I felt they sat too low on my hips for my taste so I ripped out the side seam on the waistband and pinched it up by about 3/4 inch.  I tapered the side seam of the skirt a bit to mask the width I pinched out and put everything back together.
I think the next time I make these I will cut out a size small in the waist and use the size medium for the skirt because even with some of the waistband pinched out these have a tendency to tip forward in the front making the hemline appear to be off.

If you aren't familiar with culottes you really ought to be because they give you cute+coverage!  I recently noticed this pair from McCall patterns and think that the culotte trend is definitely on the upswing.  My Mom and I were discussing this pattern and she said that she once wore handmade (made by her) culottes and loved them.  She has a picture somewhere and I want to get my hands on it and share it here- so Mom send me that pic please!
Since summer is in full swing here my projects are taking longer to complete since a combination of trips and both children home all day is keeping me busier.  Summer is always busier than I imagine it will be, full, long days...good days, but at the end of the day there's usually less sewing and more resting.  And I have to tell myself that's ok, its a season after all.  Do you find yourself more or less productive during different seasons? I'd be curious to know!

Linking up to Frontier Dreams: Keep Calm and Craft On.


  1. These are so cute! I've been eyeing this pattern for awhile but I don't think I'll get to it before summer is over. Maybe next year.

    1. Thank you April. Its a great pattern for Fall weather too if you wear it with tights. I have a navy one I style like that, but you're right there's always next year and never an end to the cute patterns out there right?