So I hopped on the bandwagon a little late, but I made myself some Tania culottes! A clever design detail in the form of a pleat down the center makes this pair of shorts look like a cute, swishy circle skirt 🙂
There’s not much to say as it is a straightforward pattern with about four pieces. I did take the advice of other bloggers to lengthen the skirt and leaving it to hang before hemming. I cut an XS but took the length of size L. My boyfriend did help me even the hem despite his fears. The only thing I might do differently next time is to use heavier interfacing on the waistband.
You can see clearer in this picture that the waistband gets creased and stays creased after a few wears. Or, be honest with me, is it that I need to cut a bigger waistband size?
Also, thanks everyone who replied to my last post about the transparency issue. I am wearing a white slip underneath in this picture and it makes a huge difference. Even though the slip is a skirt, it works fine because the crotch is so low in the culottes. Another issue with this fabric choice (rayon challis) is that it wrinkles like crazy! I actually ironed the culottes in between wears the first day I wore it out, which is gross! I’ve met my ironing quota for the year. I thought rayon is not supposed to wrinkle? Or is rayon challis different?
Overall, most of those complaints being my fault rather than issues with the pattern, I still love this addition to my handmade wardrobe. It is super comfortable and I love that I can feel girly in it without giving up my manly sitting poses. If it is also the first day of summer for you, I would highly recommend adding this pattern to your stash 😀