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A pair of Culottes in Linen | A Guest blog post by Heather

Updated: May 21, 2020

Summer is on its way!! Cooler clothes definitely help us cope with the heat in Dubai.

Linen is one of the best natural fabrics to allow the body to breathe and Maria at ThreadWerk stocks the most softest of linens.

I have chosen to use the pale dusky pink and white stripe to make a pair of ¾ length culottes. It has a beautiful drape to it which is perfect for the style of trousers I have chosen to make.

The pattern I have used is from the book “Love at first Stitch” by Tilly Walnes. The Margot Pyjamas pattern.

Pattern placing is easy with this fabric as the stripes are narrow and run in the right direction for the pattern.

The nature of linen is a very open weave and the seams need to be finished properly to prevent fraying. I chose to overlock all the seams before stitching together. Alternatively, I could have done French seams. I used a number 12 Prym regular needle for stitching this fabric and stitch was number 2. I didn’t make any alterations to my machine, this fabric was so easy to sew up and I had no problems at all.

It is a very easy pattern to use and is suitable for a beginner sewist or for a quick make to add to your wardrobe. Instructions are simple and very clear to use. They are wide legged and could be adapted easily to shorts

Who doesn’t want to wear secret pyjamas, the ultimate in comfort and if the fabric is chosen carefully, who would ever guess?

The pattern has a ribbon tie at the waist which I have changed and added loose 1cm elastic instead. I have also added self-drafted patch pockets at the front which I copied from a pair of trousers I already have.

The waistband was a little low on me so I added an extra inch and also made the band width narrow as I know I will only wear them with a longer top.

Both elastic casing and hems are double hemmed to make them secure.

I used a fun mini label inside the back of the waistband which I bought from ThreadWerk, and there are plenty more designs to choose from. Mine says “Yes I made it

I will be making many more pairs of these trousers, so far this linen has produced the most comfortable and can be used for casual and smart wear.

Thanks for hanging out with me,


ThreadWerk: Thank you so much Heather for sharing these comfy culottes with us. If you want to make a similar pair, you could also use the Emerson Pants by True Bias, available in the online shop. Use the same fabric, or these fabrics would work great too:

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