These fit ‘n’ flare culottes combine everything we love about ’40s sailor pants, ’30s beach pyjamas and the modern A-line skirt
The Bastion Culottes from Jennifer Lauren Handmade are secret trousers masquerading as a skirt. They feature a sailor-style front button opening with deep, roomy pockets cleverly integrated into the waistline.
Gently fitted at the natural waist, the legs drape down over the hips in a breezy flared silhouette. There are two length options, one falling to mid-calf and the other just above the knee. The crotch height is designed to sit at approximately the height of regular, loosely fitting wide legged pants, but an additional lengthen and shorten line as been added to make adjusting this height easy and stress-free.
Wear these lovely culottes with fitted knit tops or loose button-up blouses tucked in or tied at the waist. Throw a cropped cardigan over the top for cooler days. This pattern is a fun sew, with lots of interesting construction techniques. If you’re a confident beginner seamstress and love the look of Bastion, you’ll enjoy the challenge. Buttonholes and keeping track of important notches are the key skills required. While advanced seamstresses will also love the construction and will have a lovely pair of pants in a day or so.
The Bastion Culottes work well in light to mid-weight fabrics with some drape for both summer and winter options. Linen, chambray, poplin and voile are perfect for summer. Look for mid-weight denims, pinwale baby cord, wool blends, suiting and flannel for winter.
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