Saturday, September 27, 2014
Selfish Sewing Week: Tania Culottes
Selfish Sewing Week has been such fun and I'm so excited to be a featured stitcher this year. So many ladies are participating and it inspires me to sew even more than I planned!
Let's talk culottes. I never wore culottes growing up and I know so many people have negative feeling when it comes to them. I was a little wary myself but when I saw this pattern, I changed my mind. The Tania Culottes are genius and at first (and second) glance you can't even tell that it isn't a skirt. So many amazing people were sewing these culottes last year and I thought they were cute, but didn't feel that I would be able to pull them off. My sewing skills have improved in the past year so I thought I would try them out.(Disclosure: I was planning to but this pattern but I was fortunate that Megan provided it to me to sew for SSW.) All I am so grateful for all the sewing bloggers out there. I love being able to research a pattern fully before taking the plunge and it's so helpful to see different versions as well as being able to bypass potential errors.
The Instructions: This was my first time using a pattern from Megan Nielson and I loved it. The instructions were so clear and easy to follow. After cutting the pattern I was able to sew this up in about 1 1/2 hours.
Making a Muslin: I did my research and read a ton of wonderful blog posts about the culottes. I decided to make a muslin to check the fit and I'm so glad I did. My measurements put me in a Medium so I cut that size with a XL length. Well, the waist is just a little tight, it hit too high on my waist, even with the added length they were short and the inseam was pretty high and quite uncomfortable. So I did even more research and found how to add even more length, how to lower the inseam and made a larger size so they would sit lower on my waist.
Figuring out the Right Size: The second pair I made (this blue daisy floral) ended up being too big and too long. So I had to take in the waist quite a bit and its still too big. Its pretty hard to shorten the circle skirt once sewn so I did my best with that. For my next pair, I will try a size medium in the waist, lengthen the inseam and add 2" (instead of 4") to the XL circle skirt length. Then I may have the perfect pair!
Finding the Perfect Fabric: This fabric is a rayon challis and is great for these culottes. Lightweight with plenty of body. And I just love these tiny daisies.
Helpful Hints: After making my first pair I found a very helpful tip on how to match your pattern on the front. Make sure to line up your center seam pleat for the front pieces (and back pieces) to ensure that your seam line will match up. That way it looks more like a skirt than culottes!
Final thoughts: I love them. I'm planning to make a pair that is more appropriate for cool weather--I'm hopeful that at some point we will have some! My friend saw me wearing these and asked me if they were culottes and then promptly asked if I could make her a pair. I'd say that's a good sign
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