A couple of weeks ago, if you’d said to me, ‘Karen, I’d like you to swathe the lower half of your body in acres of pale fabric,’ I’d have told you to take a running jump.
A couple of events happened between then and now.
I set myself a challenge of sewing outside of my comfort zone. When the B6178 pattern was delivered along with the Love Sewing magazine, it seemed to answer that challenge. I can’t remember the last time I wore a pair of wide-legged trousers, or culottes. The fact that the design only uses four pattern pieces drew me in. How badly wrong could this go?
Then I spotted this bone-coloured twill linen at TMOS. Initially, I dismissed it. I don’t do pale colours. But it was the perfect weight for trousers… Sold!
Yes, this pattern has pockets.
Despite those meagre four pattern pieces, this make did not come without its challenges. Check out my Instagram feed for details. But other than that, I cut out true to my size and sallied forth. No fitting adjustments, though I’d recommend you check your fit as you progress.
If I was to make this pattern again – what do I mean IF! – I’d pare a bit of depth off the rise. These come up tall on my body, though I quite like the security of that. You know when you wear linen trousers and during the heat of the day they bag and bag and bag until you’re clutching the waistband around your hips? Thanks, but no thanks.
I left out the buttonhole on the waistband and inserted the invisible zip to close the waistband. We’ll see how that works out, though I’m pretty hopeful.
We all like a side view, don’t we?
Oh, and how wide is wide?
In all likelihood, these culottes shall be most often worn with trainers and a T-shirt, on the beach or in Epping Forest, with tennis balls stuffed into the deep pockets. The linen creases as soon as you cast it the side eye, but I don’t mind that at all.
I’m thrilled with this make. It turns out that testing your comfort zone is a good idea. Just be careful around those invisible zips…