I did and here is my 2nd pair!
I used the same pattern again for this pair from the soft blue/grey/green windowpane linen at Fabric Mart. After wearing my test pair a few times, I definitely felt a little weird with the legs being so wide, and I discovered that the waistband kept stretching out, and I was constantly pulling them up.
So, this time I made two changes- I reduced each leg circumference by 6", and I used a grosgrain ribbon for the waist facing. It's a great waistband finish if you want to reduce bulk and add stability.Here's a photo of what this looks like:
My top is made from Bright Mint Linen from Fabric Mart. The pattern is the new Hot Patterns Plain and Simple Woven T and Dress. I'm sorry to say, it did not live up to its name. I had major problems with the sizing and the shoulder seams. I ended up making several muslins, and determined that I needed the size two sizes smaller than my measurements would have indicated! Even with cutting two sizes down, it is still very loose fitting, so I added some waist darts to bring it in a bit. I should have stuck with Butterick 6175, which I had already made and was so similar.
The shrug is from the new McCall's Khaliah Ali pattern 7135. I'm not sure why they call this a shrug instead of a cardigan. Whatever they call it, I like it! I used a tissue weight linen blend knit in a silver grey that I bought last year. I shortened the sleeves 6", just because I didn't have quite enough fabric to make it full length, and I'm glad I did. I like the 3/4 length on these. I left all of the edges raw. This is one of those fabrics where the edge wants to curl, and I just let it do it's own thing.
So, finally I'm getting to the title of this post- my culottes conundrum: I have to tell you that when I wore my test pair to the school where I work, I definitely got some looks- like "What the heck is she wearing?" looks. Particularly from younger people who just have never seen them before. I remember when I first saw skinny jeans, and I thought that they were really awful. Now 20 years have passed, and everyone is wearing them and I think they are great. So, it should be interesting to see what happens.
Even people who were familiar with culottes from "back in the day", said that they liked them, often added "Well, you can wear them because you're so tall. They would just make me look fat." Which that makes me wonder- will anything that isn't all about making you look thinner make it in our society these days? We are pretty obsessed with our weight, and these definitely are not "slimming". My radar is on to spot someone else wearing them in my community, and so far, I've had no sightings.
No matter! I really do think that I'll enjoy wearing these culottes, along with all of the other pieces. What do you think? Will you be experimenting with any new or old fashions this Spring?