Friday, April 3, 2015

Vogue 8712 Marcy Tilton Ankle Pants...gone culottie


I think the full moon over Miami has me wide awake - I took these pics as soon as the sun rose today.

 So - culottes. Oh gosh, I thought we got over these years ago. But no. They're everywhere, at least on pattern and fashion sites. Strange though, I haven't seen them on anyone around town. hmmm

I'm game. But rather than buy a new pattern, I pulled out one I own, but just couldn't love enough to sew...a Marcy Tilton pant with some pretty funky ankle treatments.


Without the ankle cuffs, they really look like culottes!


I made view AB, which has an interesting and comfortable pocket. My fabric is a stretch cotton sateen from Fabric Mart. Note: I don't like tan or chino or khaki britches! Just me - now that I'm retired, there are some things I'm free to leave in the past - like khaki suits. I bought this fabric thinking I'd make a jacket, but it worked well for this muslin. And I'm glad to get it out of my stash!


Sewing notes:
  • Sewed size 14, my usual Vogue size.
  • Seam allowances used: 1/2" side and waist seam, 5/8" in the crotch.
  • Because the pattern is somewhat short in the rise, I added a waistband. I cut the band at 3" x 42" across grain, fitted it to the pants, and used 1" braid elastic
  • The finished side seam measures 31" from the bottom of the waistband.


I like them. Now I'm thinking of purchasing a 'real' culottes pattern, perhaps this one from BurdaStyle. Love the leopard and think florals would be fun as well:

BS Midi Culottes 04/2015 #113A

Parting shots: someone came over to model with me...



Hope everyone enjoys a nice weekend. Ciao! Coco

17 comments:

  1. Bravo! I'm glad someone is still wearing culottes. I like them (or, I used to when I wore a smaller size than I do now but I don't think they look good on me anymore) but it seems like everything I read about them is negative.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. They're kind of fun!

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  2. These are great. Did you shorten them in order to achieve the look of culottes?

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    1. Thanks, Martha. Well, I didn't shorten them...but I'm 5'7". I've seen them on shorter bloggers, with the cuffs, and they came down really far, almost like long pants. I didn't really know how the length would turn out until I got them together. But it worked out :-) I think I would like them a couple inches shorter as well, just a different look.

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  3. I'm glad to see someone taking the culottes plunge. They look great on you! I'm going to try sewing up a pair this season as well, but like you, I haven't seen them showing up in my part of the world yet. Hope mine turn out as good as yours!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. Bet yours will be pretty, hurry up!

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  4. I'm on the fence abut wearing culottes but they work well on your willowy frame. Burda pattern looks interesting, more the full skirt look. Love your little visitor!

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    1. Thanks so much, Valerie. and that Ms. Squirrel, such a show off. She's like a pet!

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  5. Great culottes. I can't wear them. They look fabulous on you. Love your little visitor too. How lucky.

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    1. Thanks, BeaJay. I think they're 'hard to wear, too, and wasn't sure they'd work out.

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  6. I can't wear them either, but you rocked that pair! And got some stuff out of stash. Extra sewing karma for sure. You handing out peanuts? :-)

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. Ah, little piggy Ms. Squirrel. Thanks for reminding me! I'm out of peanuts and black sunflower seeds.

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  7. I have been thinking about making a pair of culottes. Your pair looks great and encourages me. They were very versatile and comfortable back when they were in style before. I found an article that said they are supposed to have a longer crotch rise than pants so it will be interesting to compare a culottes pattern to a pant pattern.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey. The crotch note is interesting - if I get the Burda pattern, I'll check it out. I always have to add to the crotch rise on pants, so I'll know for sure!

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  8. a) I really enjoy seeing the wonderful clothes you sew. You are definitely a creative inspiration.
    b) I really, really enjoy seeing your pictures out in your garden. It's fun to see the varied vegetation so different from my dry, southwest clime.

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    1. What lovely compliments, thank you so much!

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  9. Having fun reading about your various funky pants. Love them!

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco