This week I decided to tackle some culottes from BurdaStyle 8/15 #131. I had some blue broadcloth in my stash, I had 3 metres at 112cm wide. The pattern calls for 1.75m at 150cm. At 112cm wide I would have need 2.75 metres, so I have a bit left over, enough to try colour blocking on something, yet to be decided. This was from Spotlight and was just $11.38. The culottes have an invisible zip at the side, pockets, and elastic waist at the back.
Picture from Burdastyle. Description: Culottes are beautifully casual, are super-comfortable and make the calves look slimmer.
When making these I needed to go and get some invisible zips and elastic. Of course I couldn't resist looking at fabric. So I got some blue and green cabbage roses knit fabric for jut $6 from Geoffs Emporium and made this Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono T. I made a mistake when cutting this out. The pattern is for front and back to be cut on the fold. I had only bought 1 metre and didn't have enough for both on the fold, so had to cut 2 pieces for the back. I carefully marked the centre back seam allowance on the fabric, but then I cut against the pattern, no seam allowance added! I used the overlocker to create a minimum seam allowance on this, but its a bit tighter than I would normally wear, also the fabric doesn't have a lot of stretch which adds to the tight fit. However I am still pleased with it as it is such pretty fabric and makes a change from my usual plain t shirts.
And I thought the culottes would look fabulous in a rayon, so got this for $25 from Spotlight. They really do look good in the rayon, there are pleats at the front which fall much better than the broadcloth. A problem I always have with RTW is the waistband is always too big, I felt that slightly with the broadcloth culottes, even though they have elastic in the back. When making these I decided to add a couple of darts to the back. the darts were 1/2 inch at widest and 4 inches long. I reduced the waistband and elastic by 1 inch. I felt very daring as this is the first time I've added darts to a pattern that didn't ask for them. The darts have helped with the fit in the back, and got rid of the puckery fabric.
I love these culottes. I'm already wearing the broadcloth and they are so comfortable. I'm going out to a friends place for a Xmas lunch tomorrow so will wear the rayon ones with my new Maria Denmark T shirt.