The Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes pattern is the easiest and quickest culottes sewing pattern that will add maximum comfort into your daily wardrobe.
Whenever I decide on a new garment to sew, my top priority is that it is both comfortable and stylish. I don’t like my garments to be fussy, but I still like them to flatter my body. I’m always on the hunt for patterns that accomplish both of those qualities.
Cue in the Winslow Culottes
When I first came across the Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet, I must admit I was curious but skeptical. I was curious because I absolutely love the pattern design and how comfortable they look. I also came across Jasika Nicole’s Pumpkin Tencel Winslow Culottes and thought that her pants drape and flow so beautifully on her. Lastly, I love the idea that they are basically pants disguised as a skirt. No more fear of having a skirt blow up in the wind! And yes, it has happened to me before. Embarassing.
As far as my skepticism goes, being petite I have always been afraid that I’d never be able to pull off such a loose and flowy look. I found myself aksing:
- Will I be swimming in these pants?
- Would the cropped high-waist style cut me off and make me look shorter?
- What the heck shoes would I even wear with these?
- Do I have to tuck in my tops every time?
Let’s just say I spent months trying to find a reason to finally make them due to my typical overly analytical brain.
Finding Culottes Style Inspiration
Since I was having a hard time envisioning how I might style a pair of culottes, I did my usual thing and wandered over to Pinterest for inspiration. I settled on the seasons I might typically wear my potential Winslow Culottes (spring, summer, and early fall), then found outfits that I thought would work well for me.
I ended up with a small collection of outfits on Pinterest. One of the outfits I really gravitated towards styles culottes with a simple tee, jean jacket, and strappy heels. I also watched a YouTube video by Alyssa Beltempo (my go to style guru) on how to style culottes 15 different ways. After that, I was pretty sold on making Winslow Culottes.
My Sewing Process
Once I finally decided to make myself some Winlsow Culottes, I waited for the perfect fabric. I wanted a solid back fabric with a flowy drape, in which I typically choose crepe. Blackbird Fabrics ended up dropping the perfect Black Viscose Crepe, so I immediately pounced and snatched a couple yards.
As far as the pattern goes, it is one of the easiest and quickest patterns to sew. Helen always does a great job with pattern instructions, so the process is pretty straightforward. I’d rate this as an advanced beginner pattern as you will want to be comfortable with sewing in an invisible zipper.
Adjustments and Finishing Details
My adjustments were also really easy to make. I shortened the length so that my culottes hit mid-shin and that was it. I didn’t end up taking anything in width wise, which I thought I may have needed so that the width is proportionate to my body. Since my fabric is less structured, keeping the width of the culottes gives me the perfect level of “swishy-ness”.
My finishing details are that I opted for a hand-picked invisible zipper and invisible hem. I chose to hand sew my zipper because I am honestly really terrible at sewing zippers with a machine. I also wanted to try out a new skill, and I got a beautifully sewn in zipper as the result! If you want to hand-pick an invisible zipper, I highly recommend this YouTube tutorial.
As far as the hem goes, I just love the look of an invisible hem on flowy garments. I sewed an invisible hem on my Simplicity 8606 Wrap Skirt last year and now I sew invisible hems as much as possible. It’s such a polished finish that I do mostly for me, since I gather that most of the general population doesn’t really inspect hems.
Wearing My Finished Winslow Culottes
As you see, I was very inspired by the simple jean jacket look I shared above. I decided to keep the main portion of my outfit monochromatic to give the appearance of length for my petite frame. I opted for a fitted black tank to balance the wide-leg design of the Winslow Culottes.
Overall, I am so happy that I decided to sew this pattern! They really do fool people into thinking my culottes are a skirt when they are actually pants! I highly recommend the Winslow Culottes pattern if you want an easy project that results in one of the most comfortable pair of pants in your wardrobe.