Winslow Culottes – Helen’s Closet | Remake

A while ago, I made a pair of Winslow culottes in view B (knee-length version). As much as I loved them, I was still coveting longer version. When Atelier Brunette came out with the new fabric collection and as soon I saw them,  I knew I was going to have my culottes in one of the new fabrics.  And here I am, sporting my new pair of Winslow culottes in the new fabric. 😀

Winslow culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.

My initial idea was to make a faux jumpsuit – sort of. It’s not an original idea, I know. I fell in love with so many faux jumpsuits on instagram that are basically the Winslow paired with Ogden cami in the same fabric. However… I’m probably in the minority here, I am not that madly in love with the Ogden. Simply because of the thin straps. So I decided to go with the New Look 6217. I will talk more about my remake of the top in future post. For now, let’s talk about the culottes.

The pattern.

Winslow culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.I actually made view C with the length not adjusted at all, so on me they look more like view D hahaha. For reference, I’m just over 5’2″ and the pattern was drafted for a model that’s 5’7″ tall. I made mine in size 12 with elastic back instead of invisible zipper. I have been really into the comfort of elastic back thanks to the Pietra 😉 The elastic back hack can be found on Helen’s website here.

Winslow culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.I didn’t change anything else other than sewing the elastic down in the back centre seam to keep the elastic from twisting.

The fabric.

Winslow Culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.Viscose crepe was a new one for me. I was slightly nervous cutting into this fabric, knowing how difficult viscose can be. But I took my time, and few hours later I was ready to sew. The fabric is so soft and, as expected from Atelier Brunette, feels so luxurious! The drape is amazing too. I am seriously dreaming of the white version now.

Winslow culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.I wanted to make the slanted pocket hack again, but I didn’t have enough fabric for it as the fabric’s only 1.4m wide (I had 2m for these culottes), I didn’t even have enough for the pockets in the original pattern (in-seam ones). Fabric scraps to the rescue! I found a bit of remnant from my Rosa shirt project, the fabric is 100% cotton lawn also from Atelier Brunette, perfect… even though they’re totally clashing. But, who cares, I’ve got pockets! LOL.

Winslow culottes pattern by Helen's Closet.
Obligatory pose when you have culottes on!

These are very easy and quick to make, and as there’s elastic in the back, I knew fit was not going to be much of an issue. I french-seamed the side seams and did flat-felled seams for the crotch seam. This viscose crepe is so soft and perfect for flowy garments like these.

Winslow ulottes pattern by Helen's Closet.That’s all from me for now, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Have a great rest of your day, see you again soon. Happy stitching.



7 thoughts on “Winslow Culottes – Helen’s Closet | Remake

  1. Viscose crepe is a wonderful fabric, especially the heavier varieties. As you said, it drapes well and is a lovely fabric. Add to that, it is cool. It breathes. To me, that is the main requirement of a fabric – how comfortable will I be? Even small amounts of spandex make me so uncomfortable, and I find it more uncomfortable in pants than a 40% cotton / 60% polyester blend.

    Now you have me wanting to make some culottes, too. I also am not crazy about skirts and dresses because of the need for a pair of pettipants underneath – too much underwear!

    Keep us posted!

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    1. Oh I am soo with you! Comfort and breathable come first. I no longer buy polyester no matter how pretty the print, tried sewing poly thrice and I don’t wear all three items simply because of how uncomfortable they are to me. I’m happy enough with linen, viscose and cotton 😀

      Culottes are my new jam now 😀 I sew so many dresses but I just don’t love wearing them as much as I love trousers/shorts. Thank goodness for culottes, making me look like I’m wearing skirt lol.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. ❤

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      1. I agree with you on the culottes! For awhile they were styled as “gaucho pants” and sometimes shorts were made with a skirt over them, called “skorts” back in the 50s. Styles come and go, and so do their names!

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