remember my love for culottes? well, this year culottes made a come back and were all the rage in pretty much every store/magazine. when my sister found that out, she laughed and said it reminded her of our high school uniform. yep, one of my high school uniforms was indeed culottes. except that they came in cream and icky brown colours. brrr.
but despite those annoying brown-culottes days, i guess i still have a thing or two for culottes. i suppose my school days are not over yet.
on a recent trip to a fabric store, i saw this fabric’s price tag (5,90€/m!) and just bought it without thinking too much. it didn’t say what the material was, but i believe it’s 100% polyester. it’s kind of stiff with satin surface. i don’t know what has gotten into me, but it seems that lately i’ve been drawn to black, white, and grey colours. i like the houndstooth print on this one. after the shopping, as i got home i started flipping through my sewing magazine stash and decided to try this pattern #126 from BurdaStyle magazine 03/2015.
it was actually (and surprsingly) quite a simple project. the only problem i had was when it came to sewing the zipper, as i just couldn’t remember how to do it right and Burda’s instructions are always a bit strange.
but after examining my old sewing projects, it came back to my mind and in the end i got to do the whole culottes in a relatively short time–about 5-6 hours from when i just copied the pattern to the pattern paper down to the last stitch.
partly due to the limited amount of the fabric, i cut the fabric about 12 cm shorter than the original pattern so i would have a higher hemline. but as i tried them on before sewing the hemline, i noticed that “my usual problem” occurred again here… since i have a somewhat tiny waist and a lot wider hip, it’s always a problem for me to know which size is best, the smaller size in which the waistline is perfectly fitting mine (and risk not being able to get into the pants/culottes because the hip area is too small) or the bigger size in which the hip area is perfectly fitting. i chose the latter, and the result is this.
when i see other seamstresses’ results, the culottes always fit nicely on their waistlines. well, for this photo shoot i wore a self-made blouse where you can see the seams on my waistline. that’s where the culottes were meant to hang from. but since i made mine according to my hip size, the waist part is a tad too big. boo. (and don’t even start telling me to sew it in to make it smaller. no thanks.)
so in the end i sewed the hem another 5-7 cm higher than my original plan, just so that the culottes would be midi-length. also, instead of a button & buttonhole, i sewed a skirt hook & bar. i think it looks better that way.
other than the sad waist part, i suppose the culottes turned out nicely. they’re super comfortable to wear, even in the cold autumn. and thanks to the polyester material, they don’t even crinkle/crease!
now i just need to invest on some long tops/blouses so that the error on the waist part doesn’t show too obviously. or maybe i could get off by saying, “they’re meant to be low rise culottes. haven’t you heard? it’s the newest trend!”. mm-hm. 😉