Helen's Closet Winslow Culottes in our Dashwood Studio Rayon

Posted by Laura Wilson on

First, a confession.  Aside from the obligatory beginner-sewist project of pyjama bottoms, I’ve been too scared to tackle trousers.  It was the fitting that really put me off – I definitely find my bottom half much harder to dress.  I needed a pattern that wouldn’t be challenging fit-wise and having made a gathered skirt, I was already comfortable with making a waist band and inserting a zip.  Enter, the Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet


I went for the midi length, using a Dashwood Studio Rayon (viscose) in a lovely rich teal colour.  I had a few work trips planned and I wanted to look the part but also be comfortable for flying.  The fabric was a bit shifty to work with so I cut it out with a rotary cutter and used some Wonderclips as I went to keep the cut edges aligned with the pattern pieces.  Totally worth it for the swishiness of the end result. 


I really love these culottes and have worn them a lot – the quality of the fabric really shows in how soft it feels against the skin, the opacity (no need for lining) and how well it has worn and washed.  I’ve really enjoyed responding to “Ooh – I love your skirt” compliments with “Thanks - they’re actually culottes AND I made them myself!”

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