Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

Hi Friends,

Can a not very tall (5’3″), curvy woman pull off midi length voluminous culottes? I personally think the answer is yes. What do you think?

Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

These culottes were made using Butterick 6179, and I highly recommend them if you want a true “divided skirt” look.

They are, as the pattern states, fast and easy, and I sewed them up with absolutely no pattern changes (aside from making the hem a little deeper than suggested).

Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

I wore them out to a lunch with a friend with my crossover wrap top and felt cool, comfortable and stylish. I wish you could see the fabric in person! It is an amazing linen/ cotton mix twill that I purchased from Mandors in Glasgow. It has the most expensive looking sheen to it in real life.

Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
MISSES’ SKIRT AND CULOTTES: Skirt or culottes have waistband, side-front and side-back seams and back zipper. A: Bias front and back. C: Topstitching. D: Side pockets. I made view D, the culottes.
Pattern Sizing:
6 – 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the finished shape and look. It’s just like wearing a circular skirt. Very comfortable and the fit is perfect. Be warned: I don’t think the notches match up properly on the inner leg seam and the waistband. It wasn’t a problem for me (a little maths required to make sure the overlap on the waistband was ok) but as this is rated as a very easy pattern by Butterick I think it might throw some beginner sewers off.
Fabric Used:
A linen/ cotton twill.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Absolutely no pattern changes! Not even to the length.

I picked my size according to the finished waistband length, and compared the front and back crotch curves to another pant pattern I had previously sewn and they looked good, so I went ahead with cutting out.

I topstitched the waistband rather than handstitching it. I made the hem 2 and 1/4 inch and hand stitched that.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Not sure if I will sew again (although I also think these would be great done in a wool for winter) and I do recommend.
Conclusion:

Culottes: you either love them or hate them. I love these!

Husband’s verdict: their nice but a little ridiculous. Hmmm….men…!

Until soon.

Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes
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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

18 thoughts on “Butterick 6179: DIY White Linen Twill Culottes

  1. You can definitely pull these off, they look fantastic. I’d convinced myself that I’m not tall enough for culottes, but you’re the same height as me so I might have to reconsider.

  2. I’m still on the fence for culottes for myself . Your version & styling look fabulous on you . I like the fuller look as they do appear more skirt like . Very nice job !

  3. They definitely do NOT look ridiculous! I love them and at 5′ 3″ you can absolutely pull this look off. I may have to buy the pattern myself and make some, especially winter woollen ones, half lined, worn with long boots, very practical for day to day and work. Well done!

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