Wednesday, 28 August 2013
a (cu-)lotte like love
Posted by Elena
I finished these culottes back in June and have had them on constant rotation throughout the summer, but for one reason or another have only just gotten around to photographing them now. They are, of course, the coolest culottes pattern of the moment - Tania by Megan Nielsen.
On bank holiday Monday Jamie and took a trip to Henley-on-Thames and visited Greys Court, a local National Trust house. Apparently they sometimes film Downton Abbey there, and in addition it has the most beautiful gardens, so seemed like a perfect spot to finally document this project!
The fabric is a lovely drapey viscose from my local fabric shop. I was oddly attracted to the tribal print despite it not being the sort of thing I usually go for (florals all the way usually!), and I really like the way the stripes in the pattern create a curve at the sides. I didn't do very well to match up the pattern in the centre front, but I was a bit restricted in terms of placement of pattern pieces, so it'll do.
Construction of these culottes was incredibly straightforward, although I did run into a couple of obstacles along the way that created a little extra work (though through no fault of the pattern!) Firstly, as I wanted my culottes to be about knee-length I thought the best way to get this length would be to cut a size M all over and add 20cm as per Megan's instructions in the booklet. However, upon completion they were clearly far too long and I ended up having to take approximately 15cm off again. I clearly underestimated my short stature - next time I'll just cut the XL length and leave it at that!
My culottes also feature a series of buttons at the side instead of a zip. I had originally inserted an invisible zip, but for some reason it refused to lie flat against my hip and instead created a very unflattering bump. Really not what this pear needs! So I got my unpicker out and replaced it with some buttons.
Inspired by Andrea I'm very tempted to make a pair in double knit for the winter, although the pattern is currently on loan to a certain sister of mine, so I'm sure you'll be seeing her rendition first. We're both smitten with Tania!