I’ve been thinking about culottes a lot recently. I’m still a little bit over skirts, not that I wore many last year. But perhaps this is because I spent ALL of my 20’s in knee length skirts of various descriptions, with the odd mini thrown in for good measure.
I quite like the idea of culottes for summer. They can be shorter than pants, and roomier with pleats or gathers, which strikes me as a cool and comfy solution for the hot weather. I love the longer ‘tea length’ culottes that I’ve seen more of lately. Culottes just scream sophistication to me. They have an elegance and versatility that allows them to be paired with shirts, or dressed down with T’s.
It seems I haven’t been the only one with culottes on the mind. Karen Walker presented these beauties recently. Also loving that shirt by the way.
My plan was to make some culottes out of white denim. I wanted a bulky, pleated pant, similar in length to the versions above. But at some point, I had a change of heart and opted to use a gorgeous grid patterned, cotton sateen instead.
You might remember the long shirt dress I made in the black colourway of this fabric a few months ago. I loved the way this dress turned out so much that I immediately raced off to purchase the other colourway from Tessuti Fabrics. I’d initially planned on making a pair of high waist, skinny, capri pants with it, which I still think would suit the fabric beautifully.
The vintage pattern I started with was Simplicity 5433. I had to alter it in the following ways:
- I reduced the waist size
- I re-jigged the pleats in the front to match the new waist size. I also wanted a slightly different pleat look than the original pattern so I factored this into my changes.
- Added two pleats to the back.
- I only stitched the side seams to the pocket base, leaving both legs with long slits up the side.
Anyway, I think these pants are the bees knees right now, especially when teamed with my new top. And for those of you who don’t know, my eldest daughter’s name is Coco. I stumbled across the T-shirt online and just couldn’t resist purchasing it for my daughter’s recent birthday. It got the desired response. Coco literally popped with excitement when I wore it for the first time!