A Whole Lotta Fabric Around My Bottom Half


We've had some beautiful weather around here lately which means that it was time to put away the long pants and break out something a little more warm-weather appropriate.  Unformately, this summer I discovered that most of my lighter and shorter cropped pants are, well, way too small on me now.  I like to think of it like a little kid who outgrew their summer wardrobe.  Except that I'm not a little kid and I'm pretty sure that I didn't outgrow my clothes through some sort of vertical growth spurt.

In any case, this was the motivation that I needed to go looking for some new patterns that might fill this new hole in my wardrobe.  I loved my Vogue 9075 jumpsuit so much that I thought that some culottes might be a great addition and I ended up deciding on making Vogue 9091 (view B).

The mustard fabric is a linen/rayon blend from Joann Fabrics and, honestly, it feels a bit scratchier than I would prefer, but I'm hoping that it will soften with up time and more washings (I've only washed the fabric once so far).  As for sizing, I cut out a size 14 since that's what I had graded the jumpsuit pattern out to and it seemed to fit well.  I'm always worried about fit when making bottoms though, so I sewed up the world's shoddiest muslin just to make sure that the culottes would fit and that the crotch wasn't too low or too high.  The muslin  turned out fine so I went ahead in making the culottes without making any alterations to the pattern.

The pattern sewed up fairly easily although I struggled moving around so much fabric since linen/rayon fabric tends to be on the heavier side.  I remember having this same issue when sewing up the jumpsuit as well.  On a happier note, I had no problems putting in the zipper this time so that was a pleasant surprise.  It was also a pleasant surprise to finish the waistband and find that the fit was right on.  It was a less pleasant surprise, though, when I put the almost finished product on, stood in front of a mirror, and said to myself, "Wow.  Those are pretty ugly."

It was just so much fabric and the length hit at some weird spot between my ankle and my calf.  In an attempt to salvage them, I cut several inches off of the bottom and that seems to have been a good fix although I'm still getting used to the massive amount of fabric involved in these culottes.  I'm hoping that I can learn to love them because they're incredibly comfortable and the color is pretty fun to wear (and like nothing else that I own).  I haven't totally given up on the idea of culottes, though, because I just bought Kelli's new Emerson cropped pants pattern which is kind of culotte-ish and I'm excited to try a pattern that has a slimmer leg.

On a totally unrelated side note, if there is some weird horizontal wrinkle in front of the dart in these pictures, it's only because I tried to be a good blogger and do a quick ironing job before taking these pictures and I think I accidentally ironed that wrinkle into the fabric.  I guess I could have re-ironed them and then re-taken the photos, but the likelihood of that actually happening was approximately 0.01 percent, so take what you can get, people.


  1. They actually look like a really cute full skirt with a center pleat and no fullness in the hips! But probably more comfortable.

  2. Anonymous1.8.16

    They look great! I am not a culottes wearer myself but these look really nice. They do look like a comfy skirt. I also like the color and they look great with your tank too. Also, from my perspective you look like a very slim lady! Your figure is great! :) even if it's larger than what you are used to you look great! (And very tiny)

  3. I think it looks great on you! I especially love it paired with a tight cami on top. The length looks really great too! I also wonder if I bought this exact same fabric for my culottes for Tia! Mine was from Joann's too!

  4. They look great! I'm really not on the culottes train but the first thing I said to myself when I saw your photo was "huh, culottes that actually look good!" These are very flattering on you with that tank.

    I used that same fabric in that same color for one of the Simplicity skirts I made earlier this summer - I've actually used it now in five different colors! It does soften up a bit with future washings though I find that some colors are scratchier than others (beware the purple!).

  5. I just had to laugh at the post title! I think that's why I can't consider culottes for myself - I sure don't need any extra volume going on there :D But I reckon you carry these off brilliantly. Such a happy colour.

  6. Cute!! I agree that they look like a full, pleated skirt. Very 70s. Perfect for summer concerts and picnics, eh??

  7. Yeah, I agree with the others - these look great on you! It is a lot of volume, but you've balanced it nicely with that tank top and it's a good look! And the color is sooooo gloriously mustard/yellow/golden!


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