I have made my third pair of culottes! Only this time in a fine and soft corduroy (it sews like a dream) by the Designer, Paul Smith. I decided to be a bit daring and chose a mustard colour corduroy! My Burda Style culottes are made in wool and viscose/rayon
There are some lovely culottes on other sewing blogs and these are my favourites: Marilla Walker, Alex of Sewrendipity, Jillian of Sew Unravelled and Yoshimi. You will notice their culottes are all blue – I need a blue pair next!
I chose this particular sewing pattern as it has an A-line silhouette, shaped waistband, fits slightly below the waist, is a longer length (View A) and is designed for medium weight fabrics. View B is a shorter length.
I like my culottes to lie flat and smooth at the front (without pleats) as this has more of a slimming effect at the top which I prefer with such a wide leg.
As I don’t like side zips, I decided to omit this. I sewed the left seam up to the start of the waistband. Near the waistband seam, I placed a large bronze snap to fasten the left side. I am able to put on/take off my culottes easily without a zip. This works as the waistband is 3.5″ deep and there are no darts.
I cut a M size and used a 2.0 cm seam allowance in the leg. As I made View A, I decided to take up the hem by 2″ instead of 1″ as I thought the culottes looked too long on me – they are midi length. I did the blind hem stitch by hand. For the waistband facing, I did ‘stitch in the ditch’.
These corduroy culottes are great for this season and are so comfortable!
What do you think about culottes?