Semi-formal, Black Tie Preferred, Coastal Cocktail, Dressy Casual...
Between the destination wedding craze and the Pinterest inspired mason-jar/burlap trend, wedding attire has become C A S U A L.
What to wear?
C U L O T T E S of course!
Helen from Helen's Closet recently released her Winslow Culottes. I chose View D, the palazzo pant style.
The pattern requires 4.5 yards of 54" fabric, but I managed with 4 yards of 54" for the size 8. I think I could have used less yardage if I weren't trying to match a border print. I purchased the first 2 yards from Kashi at Metro Textiles several years ago and the final 2 yards from AK Fabrics. Kashi told me that this was a lovely "Italian silk." I did a quick burn test and the fabric burned too quickly to be silk. Silk or synthetic, I still love it. Especially since it travels nicely and doesn't wrinkle.
I french seamed the outer and inner pant leg seams and finished the curved crotch seams with a narrow hem before joining the crotch seams. I may have made an error when cutting out because the pant circumference didn't quite match the waistband length. Next time I make these, I will map the paper pattern pieces against one another and cut the waistband a few inches longer. Instead of commercial interfacing, I used a heavy silk organza to interface the waistband. I chose not to sew the pockets because I didn't want the added bulk.
To dress the culottes up for the wedding, I opted for a quick top in a stretch green charmeuse from the stash. This literally took one hour to make. I loosely cut an "A-Frame" of the fabric for the front and a rectangle for the back. Next, I removed the charm from an old black organza ribbon necklace and knotted the charmeuse fabric around the necklace to secure it in the front. Then, I sewed up the side seams, trying the top on several times as I widdled it down to fit.
One of my favorite things about sewing is that it allows me to make a small $ investment in trendy clothes that I otherwise wouldn't have bought off the rack. I am slowly figuring out the styles that I feel most comfortable and confident wearing. This one is a winner for sure!
So much so that I wore it to our last wedding of the season (phheww!) over Labor Day Weekend. My cocktail culottes were perfect for the venue (Prospect Park, Brooklyn), time (4:30pm), and relaxed vibe of the wedding. Hoping to finish a silk pair this week just in time for an engagement party and am already envisioning another pair for the fall in suede...