Butterick 6178 culotte pattern, view B and McCall’s 6927 woven top pattern, cropped and tapered, in rayon challis from Joann fabrics.
This is a new look for me and I like it! I have to be honest that I wasn’t really sold on the whole culotte trend when it came out last year, but after making these I’m a culotte convert. I had to have a matching shorter top to show off the high waist of the culottes, so I made one from my remaining fabric. I hacked McCAll’s 6827. I just shortened it a lot and took it in at the sides. Both pattern are fantastic and I look forward to making a few versions of this top. Maybe I will even make another pair of culottes!
The closure has a centered zipper and an extended underlap with a hook and eye closure. Do you like my new labels? These were courtesy of the Dutch Label Shop. I am very impressed with both the quality of these woven labels and the customer service at The Dutch Label shop! I totally recommend them if you are wanting to have your own personal logo sewing labels made. You can upload your own logo or use one of their pre made ones. This is my own. McCall’s 6927
This pattern is entered in the pattern review Sewing Bee this week. so I’m pasting my review here too. Hop on over and vote!
2016 Sewing Bee Round 1 – Shorts or Capris
I made knee length culotte shorts.
Pattern or style used and how it fits the criteria:
Butterick 6178, view B. Although this looks like a skirt at first glance, it’s actually a pair of culotte shorts. There is a clever center pleat that hides the crotch seam.
Fabric Used-Material Content and Yardage:
A lovely rayon challis found at Joann during one of their sales.
Describe your closure:
There is a centered zipper and a waistband with an underlap with a hook and eye closure. The large center pleats are stitched right up against the zipper.
Describe the other components you used (e.g. buttons, zippers, trim, pockets, contrast, etc):
None. This fabric is so loud it doesn’t need any more
Describe the fitting technique(s) you used to achieve shaping:
I spent a bit of time adjusting the 3 pleats on each side of the centers. I had to let them out some as they were straining at first. Pleats are tricky for me. I sewed a straight size 12 and had no fitting issues. I hemmed the bottom by four inches.
Describe what you like most about your entry:
I like the flowy look of these culottes and the interesting use of the pleats. There are two pleats on either side of the center front and back. They both face in the direction of the center so they give the look of a large box pleat in the center. I made a matching top, using McCall’s 6927, which I cropped and tapered at the hem. The top fit well but I did have to cut it out a size smaller than usual , a size 10 and I cut the pattern with a C cup. The D cup fit really large. I’m a DD, but it fit more like an E or even F cup. The good thing is that the bigger busted gals out there who have a hard time fitting woven tops can maybe fit into the D cup.
Describe your biggest challenge in sewing these shorts:
Fitting the pleats. They popped open on the bottoms where they are stitched down, since my belly sticks out a little where they end. I had to redrape them, creating more ease in the center of the pleats.
What other information would you like to share about this project and your process? This is a really fun pattern and fit very well! I’d love to try one of the other versions in a more structured fabric.