I’ve been watching the culottes trend with great interest since they first started emerging in high street fashion in Spring 2014, and while I was convinced that wide-legged, midi length trousers were going to be a fashion disaster on my short pear frame, I really wanted one. So when Itch to Stitch Patterns put out a call for pattern testers for the Emily Culottes way back in March 2015, I jumped at the chance!
In short, this pattern is a winner for me. It's easy to alter to different lengths, and depending on the fabric used, can be great for casual summer outings or appropriate even for the most formal of offices. This version is made up in a navy broadcloth which has just gotten softer and more comfy with every consecutive wash. The pattern was easy to sew up and due to the amount of ease in the legs, the only real fitting that needs to be done is at the waist. To read more about what I thought of the pattern, you can visit my review here: https://jesssewfabulous.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/culottes-convert-the-itch-to-stitch-emily-culottes-pattern/
And because I knew I would have a mental block in figuring out how to style culottes on my petite pear (does that make me a tiny fruit?) frame, I did a bit of research and came up with this post on my approach to styling culottes: https://jesssewfabulous.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/culottes-conundrum-styling-the-emily-culottes/