Ah, culottes. AKA gauchos, knee breeches, skorts or my favorite, bifurcated skirt. Whatever name you call them there are few garments that cause such passionate debate. There are two camps, those that love ’em and those that don’t.
I happen to love culottes or I wouldn’t be wasting my sewing time by making them. So, here they are in all their glory, plus a quick review. I especially like these since they are so voluminous and skirt like. I do want to make a more trouser like pair for fall with less volume.
- McCalls 7131 has three different length options. I choose D. I’m 5’7 and I made a 1/2″ hem to give you some perspective.
- Cut the size 10 as the fit is generous, I ended up taking in the elastic by 2 inches.
- Pattern is super easy and I love the flat front waist band.
- I opted not to use the 1/4″ elastic but instead used a 2″ wide elastic band.
- I took up the crotch length to fit my personal measurements.
- Next time I think I would make an adjustment to decrease the amount of fabric on the back waistband.
- The fabric is from JoAnn’s, a poly silky.
- You can’t really see it but it has nice soft pleating in the front and lovely scoop pockets.
And, that is all there really is. I posted a video on Instagram to show the flow of the garment. Warning: I just rolled out of bed and took these photos (hence the headless shots) in the video I’m looking a bit worn. But, wearing these just makes me want to kick my heels up!
On to the Awkward Modeling portion of the show.
And, I dare you not to do this at least once in your culottes.