The Coolest Culottes

One of the more rewarding things about this new sewing endeavor is the ability to build my wardrobe to be exactly what I want. It has pushed me to try new styles that I wouldn’t normally buy from a store. These culottes, for instance, aren’t probably something that I would’ve grabbed from the rack. To be fair though, I doubt store-bought culottes  are made with the most gorgeous sunset-over-the-mountains purple, soft-handed linen that I used to construct mine.  (Seriously, the color makes me want to cry is so beautiful.) Also, the back invisible zipper on the store-bought pair probably wouldn’t be the unlikely cobalt blue that I chose for mine and the invisible zipper on the RTW pair probably would’ve been just that: invisible.

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Cobalt zipper! I couldn’t resist.

This was my first invisible zipper and one that I installed using a regular zipper foot so there a couple spots where the cobalt peeks out. While I strive for perfection with all my sewing projects, I’ve come to the more realistic realization that those imperfections are what make them my culottes. That, and my kid needed a snack and help looking for her Peter Pan Lego, so the imperfect, nearly invisible zipper remains as is. Not 100% perfect, but 100% functional.

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Happy as a clam in my new culottes.

As I mentioned, I used a watercolor linen from Purl Soho and the culottes turned out exactly as I envisioned them.  The linen has just enough drape to hang well, but also works in concert with the pattern’s deep box pleats to give the skirt a full and billowy silhouette. The skirt’s full silhouette is flatteringly complimented by its tapering  to a slender high-waist band. The cherry on top are the deep pockets which add style and functionality.

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He likes to pose…..with his pink frying pan.

I thought that this pattern was methodically constructed and it was explained well through the tutorial. Helen’s illustrations were clear and her directions were concise which is the reason that I got these cut and assembled in about two hours. They were a quick sew and I ended up grading between two sizes based on her direction and the fit is great! They’re very comfortable and such a new and fun staple to my summer wardrobe…..and fall wardrobe now that I’m thinking how cute they’ll look with my Hunter boots! Boom!

This was a really fun project because I loved watching “the vision” materialize (pun intended) into “the reality”. I had been wanting this purple linen for a while but didn’t have a project in mind until I saw these culottes on Instagram, at which point I got the green light on the purple material. When I went to go order it, though, I was torn between this color and the Lilac Bark so I did the financially responsible thing and bought both…..and two other fabrics….and a fat quarter bundle of their glittery linen. I have no control when it comes to stash building. No. Control. My aunt has always told me that “having fabric is like having money in the bank” and I couldn’t agree more. My husband is, unfortunately, less inclined towards that pitch but knows the battles he can’t win. Muah!

To wrap up, I would recommend this pattern. It’s a fun sew and is unlike anything that I have in my wardrobe. You can get the pattern here.