Can you wear culottes in the winter? I think so. Pair wool and chiffon? Definitely!
This is my third pair of B6178 worn with my chiffon Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse. The culottes are a dream to wear, sewn from uber high quality men’s wool suiting bought from TMOS. The selvedge tells me the fabric was originally made for All Saints and I could definitely feel the quality. In fact, once I googled the suppliers – Fox Brothers – I felt a bit intimidated. What had I stumbled across? Maybe I shouldn’t sew with this beautiful fabric? Nah, crack on!
There is a minuscule violet and minuscule coral stripe running through the fabric. Delicious.
I assumed that matching the check would be a headache but actually it was fine – just like matching stripes. Lots of pins, no biggie.
The pattern instructions suggest a hook and eye or button for the waistband. I ignore that and take the zip all the way up through the waistband for a neater finish. I often do this and have never dealt with a zip working its way loose.
I do love the centre rear zip for a really clean finish. Shame my vest and blouse are disrupting the lay of the fabric against my rear! You can also see that the rise on this is a touch too high, despite shaving off a centimetre at the waist. The crotch is really deep on this pattern, which makes it comfortable to wear but high on the waist!
I lengthened the trousers by a couple of inches for confident wintry wearing with knee-length opaque pop socks.
I fancy twinning these culottes with a deep V jumper – which I’ll probably buy rather than sew. Do let me know if you recommend any patterns, though!