I made culottes! When I first saw that Helen was looking for testers for this pattern, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the culotte trend. I’m a skinny jeans kind of girl. BUT, I started imagining them in different fabrics, and then I was hooked. I needed to make these.
I made mine out of a Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Chambray Blue. I was worried it would be too light blue, but it’s perfect. The linen drapes beautifully as well. These two make a great pairing of fabric and pattern.
The Winslow Culottes call for a lot of fabric, but I feel it was reasonable and necessary. You can see how much fabric goes into each leg below.
I sewed up view C of this pattern (the midi length, 1 of 4 views!). I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. (I’m 5’5″). I sewed up a size 4, and the fit is great!
I love the details of the pleats to the front and back of the pants. These are SO quick and easy to make. There’s an invisible zipper closure in the center back. They really look so chic, and these culottes are just what I need for the current warm weather. I’m really happy with how they turned out. Also, it’s pretty hilarious walking around in them, and getting comments like “Wait, are those pants!?”. The Winslow Culottes almost give the illusion of wearing a skirt. And probably even more so if sewn up in a more drapey rayon.
Again, in July’s People Style Watch 2016, I found this page. Chambray culottes!! Helen also shows a few ways you could hack the pattern, making it into a culotte jumpsuit, or another option- gathering the pants to the waistband like these ones in People Style Watch. Lot’s of great ideas for this pattern!
Thanks for this beautiful pattern Helen! You can purchase the Winslow Culottes here.