Ever worn something that felt too big for your own home?
The swish too swishy, the swirl too swirly? Too ‘la di dah’ according to my 5 year old.
There was literally too much culotte to do these bad boys any proper justice. So, dear readers, we absconded to a far more professional setting to give the culottes room to breathe!
A few weeks ago the lovely Lucy from Sew Essential asked me a super tough question…would I like some fabric and a pattern of my choice to sew and blog about? Although super easy to answer, what wasn’t so easy was the whole choosing business! A quick 5 minute browse turned into a full evening of umming and ahhing over the Sew Essential website and their exhaustive range of fabrics and patterns.
Seriously, I was exhausted by the time i made my final decision.
Firstly, can we please take a step back and appreciate the eye boggling beauty of this Sevenberry Geometric Grid fabric. Super lovely to work with with all the feel of a linen and the good behaviour of a cotton under the presser foot.
I wanted to push the envelope both in terms of style and skill set so behold the wonder of the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes. This was a totally new sewing experience on all fronts; I’ve never dared to wear culottes or used a Megan Nielsen pattern but I needn’t have worried.
I went for the longest length…the Midi Culotte.Go big or go home was the sewing mode of the day.
Secret shorts that you can twirl in, who knew what fun this could be? One of my favourite things about sewing is the ability to totally break out of your style comfort zone on your own terms. Look you can even be a little bit Bowie circa Ziggy in these!
I love the versatile look that this pattern allows, the beautiful arranged pleat at the front makes the initially looks very lady like. Channelling the Katherine Hepburn vibe.
But with the ability to break the lady like exterior safe in the knowledge that it is impossible to flash anything inappropriately with your culotte frolicking!
The biggest sewing challenge that these culottes presented was the sheer amount of hemming to be done. Expansive. Seriously expansive hemming situation.
My other half was pretty thankful for the quiet running of my machine while I sewed my way through almost 4 metres of fabric! Someone on Instagram was recently asking about my machine, I’ve had it for about 6 months now and I still feel like I still haven’t used it to it’s full potential but that just means more sewing for me! If you’re in the market for a new love in your life you can oggle my machine here…sorry not sorry for leading down the sewing machine rabbit hole!
And a massive thumbs up for Megan Nielsen! The instructions were spot on and so user friendly!
Thank you Sew Essential, I’m off to twirl, cycle and run in my new secret shorts in a la di dah kind of way.