Make it Monday // Culottes Revival

This Summer, as I’m sure some have noticed (likely the printshop folks at Ellis!), I’ve really gotten into garment sewing again. Seamwork magazine had a few dud months in the Winter and Spring, but made a comeback in early Summer, which put me back at the machine, whipping up quick sews for some instant gratification wardrobe changes. I was so motivated I even made a few tops from the Lottie pattern by Christine Haynes and an Akita by Seamwork for back to school presents for my mom.

To boost my inspiration, I was back in the thick of Instagram, from which I had inadvertently taken an Instagram vacation for a bit. There was one particular day, when I happened upon this photo and thought, “I NEED purple culottes just like these!” Purple is a new, but growing garment color for me and I was instantly smitten by these.


Fall is right around the corner, or so I tell myself on these 111 degree days, and I’m trying to focus on transitional pieces. Purple flowy culottes fit these specs.

Now despite my numerous garments completed this Summer, this is actually my first EVER attempt to make shorts of any kind for myself. I debated not making a test pair, as I can be pretty lazy about that from time to time, aka always, but something told me this was not the time to be taking shortcuts. So glad I didn’t. My test version was too wide in the waist due to a zipper installation error and also they looked pretty ridiculous from the front.

crazy test culottes

Case in point: My family showed up and I was wearing these beauties around the house. The boys are usually very complimentary, yet, neither of them said anything. I think one of them asked me why I was wearing “those” and that was it. Hubby never mentioned them. When I directly queried him, he raised his eyebrows and walked away. It was at this moment I was strongly debating my sanity.

I pretty much threw caution to the wind at this point, added some width to get a little more drape and less poof, fixed the zipper insertion error and sewed the final seams on these Winslow Culottes last night. Hubby even said they look cute, despite the pleats, although he did ask if they were a skirt or shorts, to which I replied, “yes”. Two can play at vague responses!

front culottes

A little rumpled – taken after an hour car ride and milling about, sitting, chasing boys, etc..

All in all, a very clearly written and easy to follow pattern for $15 (plus $3 copy shop printing). I sourced the purple linen on sale for $8 and zipper for $2. Putting these culottes at $28. If I make a second pair, they only get less expensive!! They can easily be sewn in one day, although I stretched mine over a few days.

Side culottes

Looks a bit like a skater skirt from the side and back.

The pattern has four lengths, my version being the shortest of the four, but I can’t imagine wearing anything longer than these…I’m just not into huge flowy pants right now. And I do think they will transition to Fall fabulously with a sweater and tights! I hope my clients and coworkers like these; they’re going to see quite a bit of culottes action!!


Another wearing…oh so comfy