Confession - sometimes I have trouble finishing things. There might not even be anything wrong with the garment, I just get the itch for something new and shiny. Always with the shiny.......Squirrel!
Such was the lot of these lovey Tania culottes that languished around on my ironing board for 2 months only needing a hem.
And now for our regularly scheduled pattern review.
Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes I caught culotte fever, or maybe I started it.....let's just blame the internet.
Milly silk twill from Gorgeous Fabrics last year. I love you Milly, give me all your silk and no one gets hurt. Otherwise I'm finding your sample room and stealing some bolts.
Katie is thinking, I would have bought it too.) Anywho when I saw Megan's culottes pattern it seemed like the perfect solution to the whole cream near your face problem. Just don't put it near your face....Duh.
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.
1. I would have liked to make these a little longer but 4" extra inches was all I could squeeze out of my 2 yards of silk.
2. 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 that looked like this.
"A garment for women who don't like wearing skirts but want to look like they're wearing one." Did he just google "Culottes"? I mean thanks honey!!!
My Final Thoughts
If you don't let them sit around waiting for a hem for months these go together pretty quick. As others have said the CF/CB pleats are a cool design feature.
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.