I was pretty excited about the release of Helen’s first pattern. The testers versions all looked amazing. I was nervous excited about making these as I wasn’t sure if I could – do culottes! I thought that they would either be amazing or I would end up man-repelling. The great thing about sewing for me is that it’s all a learning process so 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 had the best set of instructions I’ve read in a while and I learned a lot while making these. Did you know that you can pre-iron a zip before insertion (upside down) on a low setting? It prepares an invisible zip way easier to insert especially if you’re like me and tackle invisible zips using a normal sewing foot. Mind blown.
I’m really pleased with the finished product. 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!