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Easy Breezy Culottes

Added Jul 13, 2013

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






i wanted to make culottes out of this crazy print polyester satin fabric i have, so i used Burda pattern no. 7688 and altered the leg parts to be even wider than the original pattern. it was basically almost half a circle for each leg; it was the widest i could make with a limited amount of fabric. i also changed the zipper to be at the back instead of the side, since i wanted the culottes to be wide on the sides & thought it would look strange if the zipper is on the side. and why not put the zipper to the front, you ask? because i was too lazy to make the fly. :p

for the hem, i first folded the fabric inwards once and sew it, and then folded it again inwards and sew it again, so the end result is a super thin hemline & it will still flow nicely in the wind.

i am loving the result! as the name promises, they’re easy to wear with anything in my wardrobe and biking with these are also super fun! the only thing that bugged me (a tiny bit) was that no matter how exact i placed the pattern pieces and cut the fabric, i still couldn’t get the print to match in the center seams. oh well, i suppose asymmetric print works for me too.

Material Notes

about 1.5 m of polyester satin,
25 cm zipper,
1 button.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Other
Polyester, Satin



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    Aug 8, 2013, 12.16 PMby lizziesewsew

    FAB! Incredibly stylish.

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    Jul 15, 2013, 06.01 PMby Dibii

    I like how it looks on you – especially the colours!

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    Jul 15, 2013, 11.54 AMby Deanna31

    I love the bright colour, they look like fun!

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      Jul 16, 2013, 08.20 AMby saxsilverain

      thanks, and yes, they can really bright up my day :)

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    Jul 14, 2013, 11.45 PMby sewuknow

    Cute!!! They remind of Megan Nielsen’s tania culottes. I think you would love those too! http://megannielsen.com/collections/sewing-patterns/products/tania-culottes-sewing-pattern

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      Jul 15, 2013, 08.53 AMby saxsilverain

      thank you! i actually did come across that pattern when i was looking for culottes pattern, but they were sold out (or was it that they were on a holiday so they couldn’t send any pattern or something… i can’t remember) so i had to work the pattern out myself. but i’m glad they turned out OK! :)

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    Jul 13, 2013, 10.20 PMby Mary Athey

    these are lovely and the entire outfits so bright and cheerfull just lovely x

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      Jul 15, 2013, 08.49 AMby saxsilverain

      thanks Mary, i just LOVE colours! :D more is more, i say.

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    Jul 13, 2013, 08.36 PMby soozy

    Oh how cute. These must be sooo comfy. Would work great in jersey too, no hems needed.

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      Jul 15, 2013, 08.49 AMby saxsilverain

      you’re right, it would be great in jersey! easier to make and even more comfy to wear :)

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