I’m back with one (two) last variations on the theme of pull-on trousers! This time, I’m using the Closet Case Patterns Jenny overalls pattern to make flowy wide culottes.
On the left, a pair in rayon challis, and on the right, a pair in navy poly crepe! Both paired with Santa Fe tanks, because I’m not very original with my styling!
So, last post I explained how I made the Jenny pattern into pull-on shorts. Those were in a stretch twill, so I brought the side seams in during construction to be about a 16 in width. These pairs are non-stretch, so I sewed a true size 20. I skipped the darts in both pairs, and sewed something a few inches shorter than the cropped length as drafted.
The floral pair came first, and they are my favourite! The rayon challis works beautifully, and is so comfy to wear. Honestly, even better then shorts, because there is no riding up between the legs, and no chub rub at all. I felt really great all day while wearing this pair! (The fabric is from Fabricland, and I know plenty of Canadian bloggers who have also sewn with this print!)
For the waistband, I did the same techniques as on my shorts: serge on elastic to the top of the pants, and fold down. It works perfectly for the floral pair, but not as well on the navy pair…
…because the crepe is somehow less forgiving, and the crotch seam rides higher! I could use an inch more in rise both front and back so that the waist seam could sit a bit higher at my narrowest waist. The are fine and not uncomfortable, but just not quite perfect!
When sewn in drapey fabric, the Jenny pattern reminds me a lot of the Named Ninni culottes. I’ve admired that pattern on lots of people, like Katie, Meg and Caroline! I’ve been wanting to try this style of pants for literally years now, so I’m happy that I finally have!
How about a little confession time? I sewed all three pairs of Jennys without an iron. (Almost – I did clean off my glue-covered iron in time to iron a hem for the crepe pair, because that fabric was SHIFTY!) As a result, my french seams are not impeccable. But hello, I did my first ever french seams on these culottes, so I’m going to bask in that glory anyway.
Shall we talk styling?
Tucked in is not my normal look, but I liked how it worked with the Jenny shorts, so I tried it again. Untucked, the black tunic-length Santa Fe looks quite Lagenlook to me… meaning I think it would look really chic (maybe with a long necklace) on someone like my mom, who has some great layered looks.
The second Santa Fe is a classic shirt length (refashion from this dress). Because the rise on these pants isn’t quite as high, the tucked-in version looks just a smidge awkward to me. Is the untucked version was an inch or two shorter, it might be perfect? I don’t think I’d get much wear out of a cropped tee or tank though, so I’m going to see how else I can style these with things from my wardrobe. Any suggestions?
Here’s the thought I’m going to leave you with:
Take a look at your pants patterns, and imagine what else they could become! It’s really easy to turn most patterns into a pull-on style, just by adding ease or stretch, and your preferred elastic waist. Grab some cheap and cheerful fabric, and give it a try!
P.S. You haven’t seen a single blog picture of my this month where I am not literally dripping sweat down my face! I’ve been taking quite boring pictures as a result, because who wants to go to a park when just going to your porch results in a sweaty mess? Three cheers for practical, easy photos, and an eventual break in the heat!