Months and months after my first trial pair of Tania culottes, I finally made a real pair! (Sorry about the tilt-o-vision — Cosmo took this picture for me, and it turned out to be the best close-up picture of them on.)
They’re made out of Anna Maria Horner’s Sinister Swarm in rayon challis, which feels faaaaantastic!
I sewed on a label (of sorts) because I once went an entire week wearing my other pair of culottes backwards. I kept thinking that it felt kind of short in the rear, but I didn’t think to recheck how I was wearing them!
I struggled with my invisible zipper (as usual) because I bought it at my local Fabric Mart, which meant it had a big crease from being stapled into the packaging, and it made the side of my culottes poof out weirdly. I wasn’t able to iron the crease out, so while I was putting it in, I kept trimming it down to get the bendy-out part less noticeable, and I trimmed kind of too much off. >_< In the future, I'll just buy invisible zippers from ZipIt -- then they won't have a giant crease.
I let it hang for a week on my new sewing room friend! It’s pretty dorky, but I was waiting to make these culottes again til I got it — it was a big pain marking the even hem without a dressform the first time, and this time it was suuuuper easy. Just spin and pin!
Even my normal (not too curvy) hems used to look awful and I dreaded doing them, but this time I used Coletterie’s tutorial for hemming circle skirts, and that made the hemming part super duper easy and much neater than I usually manage. (Well derp, I just read someone else’s post about these culottes, and she mentioned that Megan Nielsen gives this tip, too. Oops!)
Here are some full view pictures — I find them the most useful when I look at other people’s blogs to figure out if I want to buy a pattern, but I don’t like taking them myself. I’m clutching my not-yet-blogged blankie to cover up my jelly belly.
Oh! I wore my culottes to my first meeting at the Oahu Modern Quilt Guild (whoopee! we finally have one!!!), and I was so happy because no one asked me if I made them (someone did ask me if I made my backpack). That’s a sign of clothes-making success, right? 😀