When the first wave of Megan Nielsen's Tania Culottes was making its way around the blogosphere, it was love at first sight. I looked at them and instantly I knew: that is something that I would wear and something that is totally me! When I went in search of an online supplier I was frequently accosted with "Sold Outs", or "Available in July". July? I...must...have...those...CULOTTES!
My patience paid off and I bought them from We Sew Retro. They were shipped out on July 11th and they came with the cutest little note card:
|Seriously, how cute is that?|
I used a rayon challis from Fabric Mart with lovely drape. Look who else made something gorgeous from this same fabric: Marrie from Purls and Pleats! It doesn't seem like they have any more in stock...sorry!
A little about this pattern. There are only 4 pieces and the construction is very simple with an invisible side zip. I added 3" to the length and was able to cut an XL out of 2 yards of 56" fabric. That being said, there were only small scraps leftover. Other than the added length, I made no changes. I could have/should have taken the waist in a tiny bit, but since I typically don't tuck my shirts in, it's fine.
Before hemming, I let the culottes hang for 3 days so that the bias would stretch out. Trying to get a straight hem on a circle skirt (or culottes) is not the easiest thing. Since I didn't have any helpers around, I tried something new: I used my new laser level (this one)! I stuck it to the metal leg of my cutting table and aimed it at my culottes which were carefully clipped to a drawer. I pinned along the laser line on both the front and back. I pinned the back to be slightly longer since the back of the culottes need to hang over my curvy bits. ;)
|Laser Level marking my hemline!|
So here it is:
|Definitely not a skirt!|
|A Circle! Love is all around!|
I had a some trouble with my camera's remote control as you can witness here:
Remote control issues aside, let me say that I LOVE THESE CULOTTES!