I was never going to hop on the culottes-train, I have been a diehard skinny jeans fan since forever and I definitely hate the word 'skort'. Yet here I am, with a surprisingly awesome project that breaks all my rules.
These are the Pleated Culottes from Burda issue 04/2016 version #106B. (By the way, what are the definitions for culottes and skorts? Which are these? Or are they both...? Whatever, they are loose pants!) The fabric is from my stash, and I can't remember what it is, but I think it's either linen or a linen-blend. It is tightly woven and has some body as you can see from the front pleats. It is also wonderfully dog hair-repellent and doesn't even crease that much.
I also have some weird phobia of wearing pants without zip-flies. I don't know why I have felt kind of naked without them, but it doesn't bother me a bit with these pants. They have an invisible zipper in the side seam and it doesn't get much easier than that.
My favorite feature has to be the yoke. I find it both flattering and more comfortable than a narrow waistband, at least for me.
So now I obviously want to sew all the flowy shorts and culottes and skorts and whatnot. That means I get to do some fabric shopping with a purpose, which normally never happens. Normally I shop without any pattern in mind, picking fabric that catch my eye at the moment. I love my stash, but it doesn't include any bottom weight fabric, so apparently I'm better at picking out fabric for cute tops and dresses. I need to go as far back to fabric-shopping-basics as I can on this one.
Have you ever surprised yourself by liking something that you previously have avoided? Does anyone else have irrational fears concerning trousers and zipper placement? Please tell me I'm not the only one!