My BV Sewalong post saw me playing with a different silhouette for me. Culottes and a crop top. (We’ll skim over the double denim element for now!) Being a long time lover of skinny jeans and long baggy tops, I never thought I’d say that. I mentioned in that post that it was a silhouette I was interested in exploring further. Actually for a while I’ve been pinning images that are different to the style I’ve been used to wearing. And yet up until now, my makes haven’t fully been reflecting this “interest” in evolving my style. Why….when I could pretty much make myself whatever I want, do I still fall back on skinnifying jeans and making oversized drapey tops?? It’s a safe bet for getting worn is why. I mean, who wants to spend time experimenting on something that may or may not get worn, when you could be making yourself another drapey tee that will definitely get worn??
Well I’ve decided I do. I’m feeling the need to bust out of a style rut. I’m not short on Me Made clothes in my usual style, and it’s time to try something new. So this week I’ve been playing a bit. Not over committing my time of course 😉 Two super quick projects to test out a slightly adapted version of that silhouette. I refashioned a sweatshirt into more cropped proportions….
Then using the same pattern I hacked for my denim culottes, I whipped up a super quick stretchy version in this monochrome fabric by John Kaldor. (Scrowl down for deets on the Sew Essential giveaway!) As you can see I made absolutely no attempt at pattern matching. I’m mildly annoyed at myself for this. But these were an experiment first and foremost and only ever intended for mooching and lounging. A wearable toile. So I can live with that 😉
They are just the right kind of stretch. And to ramp up the speed, ease and comfort factor I gave them a simple elasticated waist..kinda like culotte pyjamas…but the kind of pyjamas you could get away with nipping to the corner shop in….
So….what can I conclude from this little experiment? Don’t be a donut and take 5 minutes to stripe match. This pattern can work in a knit too! But most importantly, I now know this is a silhouette that works on me and I feel comfortable in. So let the culotte and (marginally) cropped top sewing begin! If you follow me on IG you’ll have seen that I’m already playing with ideas for a cropped and semi fitted sweatshirt. I’m also looking to pick up where I left off with these trousers as an alternative to the bottom half. I’ve cropped them to the lower calf and now they’re perfect. So another pair or two of those. Oh, and I’m gonna have a play with my Copycat Crepe Top pattern and try some shorter variations! I can feel some exploration and experimentation coming on 😉
The pattern I used for this and my denim culottes is this New Look 6083. It’s a really simple wide leg trouser pattern which I hacked fairly majorly for the denim ones but kept simple on this version. Most impressively the fit was pretty spot on straight out of the envelope. The fabric is from Sew Essential and is by John Kaldor and get this…..it’s called Portia!! In fact there’s a whole range of fabric by that name, lol! Well I had to didn’t I 😉
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