I was excited about the release of Helen’s Closet first pattern, the Winslow Culottes. Personally, I wasn’t sure if I could – do culottes! They would either be amazing or I would end up man-repelling. For me, the great thing about sewing is that it’s a learning process. I don’t let myself get stressed about a project not working out.
I made my first pair in a drapey viscose twill that I bought for a mere $6 during a fabric sale. When I put together the pattern pieces I was a little terrified. Woah did I print this right? the legs are huge! Don’t be frightened friends, the box pleat is what makes this pattern great.
Helen has produced the best set of instructions I’ve read in a while. I learnt a lot while making these. Did you know that you can pre-iron a zip before insertion? It prepares the zip, making insertion easier. Place the zip face down on a the ironing board and iron on a low setting.
I’m really pleased with my finished culottes. The style is really different from my normal tailored look, but I’ve really enjoyed wearing these both casually with t-shirts and to work with silk blouses and tights. I have romantic dreams of cycling around town while wearing these shorts and still retaining my modesty.
I look forward to seeing what pattern Helen makes next. I’m a fan.
Seriously guys these pockets are the best.
Thanks for reading!