Hello my dears! Summer is fast approaching, and I have been scrambling to get my wardrobe in order before the weather catches up with me. Happily I can say that I have already knocked one item off of my list of Summer Wardrobe makes: Linen Culottes!
I am in love with how these culottes turned out. The linen they are made from is incredibly breathable (however wrinkly), and the drape and movement of the trousers is splendid. I was rather dubious, when I sketched up my idea for these culottes, as to whether or not I would like wearing such trousers, but I am pleased to say that they are probably my new favorite summer garment. Seriously… I wore these two days in a row right after I finished them, and that says something about the wearability of a garment!
These culottes are actually a shortened version of the Linden Lady Palazzo Pants pattern. All I did to shorten the pattern was measure the difference between the original length of the Linden Lady pattern, and the length I wanted my culottes to be. I then marked a new hem line that distance up from the original pattern hem.
I also decided against using any of the Linden Lady waistband options. Instead, I cut a simple rectangular waistband to my waist measurement, plus ease and enough extra for the button overlap. I am so happy with how this waistband turned out! I think it really gives the culottes that 1930s/40s sportswear look, which is precisely what I was going for.
I wanted these culottes to be durable, easy to care for, wearable and comfortable. For durability, all of the seams are flat-felled, or welt, seams. The hem is just a simple fold-under-twice-and-topstitch affair. Because of the flat felled seams and simple waistband, ironing will be a cinch. As for wearability and comfort level, these culottes are perfect. The way they move when I walk is simply splendid, and the high waistband is perfect for tucking in blouses. But my favorite part by far is that I can have the wonderful silhouette of the Linden Lady, with the shortened practicality of a knee length pair of trousers. I don’t care for regular, run-of-the-mill straight-legged shorts or trousers, preferring a flared silhouette for most of my skirts and trousers, and these culottes fit the bill perfectly in the realm of summer practicality.
Pattern: Brijee Pattern’s Linden Lady / Fabric: ILO19 Linen from Fabrics-store.com, in Blue Bonnet / Notions: 9″ Zipper, Mother of Pearl button, Thread
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