Can a not very tall (5’3″), curvy woman pull off midi length voluminous culottes? I personally think the answer is yes. What do you think?
These culottes were made using Butterick 6179, and I highly recommend them if you want a true “divided skirt” look.
They are, as the pattern states, fast and easy, and I sewed them up with absolutely no pattern changes (aside from making the hem a little deeper than suggested).
I wore them out to a lunch with a friend with my crossover wrap top and felt cool, comfortable and stylish. I wish you could see the fabric in person! It is an amazing linen/ cotton mix twill that I purchased from Mandors in Glasgow. It has the most expensive looking sheen to it in real life.
MISSES’ SKIRT AND CULOTTES: Skirt or culottes have waistband, side-front and side-back seams and back zipper. A: Bias front and back. C: Topstitching. D: Side pockets. I made view D, the culottes.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the finished shape and look. It’s just like wearing a circular skirt. Very comfortable and the fit is perfect. Be warned: I don’t think the notches match up properly on the inner leg seam and the waistband. It wasn’t a problem for me (a little maths required to make sure the overlap on the waistband was ok) but as this is rated as a very easy pattern by Butterick I think it might throw some beginner sewers off.
A linen/ cotton twill.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Absolutely no pattern changes! Not even to the length.
I picked my size according to the finished waistband length, and compared the front and back crotch curves to another pant pattern I had previously sewn and they looked good, so I went ahead with cutting out.
I topstitched the waistband rather than handstitching it. I made the hem 2 and 1/4 inch and hand stitched that.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Not sure if I will sew again (although I also think these would be great done in a wool for winter) and I do recommend.
Culottes: you either love them or hate them. I love these!
Husband’s verdict: their nice but a little ridiculous. Hmmm….men…!
18 thoughts on “Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes”
You just put me on the other side of the fence of culottes. i was not sure if I could pull it off, being very bottomly curvaceous. They look wonderful on you.
You can definitely pull these off, they look fantastic. I’d convinced myself that I’m not tall enough for culottes, but you’re the same height as me so I might have to reconsider.
I’m still on the fence for culottes for myself . Your version & styling look fabulous on you . I like the fuller look as they do appear more skirt like . Very nice job !
Thanks ME Pendleton. I think the shape makes a big difference.
They definitely do NOT look ridiculous! I love them and at 5′ 3″ you can absolutely pull this look off. I may have to buy the pattern myself and make some, especially winter woollen ones, half lined, worn with long boots, very practical for day to day and work. Well done!
Great idea for winter Ali.
This looks absolutely lovely on you. I love the white, so summery and versatile.
Yes you can! I think they look great on you… and in the photos I think you look taller.
Nice summer edition, 🙂
They look fab! I think i’d have to try some RTW ones on in the shops before I take the plunge! 🙂
I think these look great on you. The whole outfit is the essence of cool chic! 🙂
Hell yeah you do! This is a great combo. How do you find wearing white? It scares me cos I’m clumsy and inevitably spill haha. You look super fresh
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