Testing Winslow Culottes

It has been a busy week! I was still sewing up a storm but updating my blog was put to the side for a little bit. But fear not, I am back, and I am back with two pairs of my newly tested and worn into public Winslow Culottes.

Winslow View B 5

Winslow Culottes is an upcoming pattern by Helen from Helen’s Closet. The pattern is planned to be released at the end of June, but Helen agreed to let us write about the culottes in the meantime. I am so happy about that, because when I make something new and exciting I really want to photograph it and share it with the rest of the world. The wait to show the new thing off is really excruciating! So  I guess I am being selfish here and easing my mind by showing my new culottes off so that you ion turn can agonizingly wait until the pattern is released. You are welcome.

Winslow View B 3

The pattern is very simple yet comes together into a very elegant garment. It has 4 variations in length, from short shorts (view A), above the knee culottes (view B), below the knee culottes (view C) to full length palazzo pants (view D). The culottes have roomy inseam side pockets which is always a huge benefit! And they have a zip closure in the back which goes all the way through the waistband, eliminating the need for a button. This is a huge plus in my books! I am not a fan of buttons on waistbands unless it is necessary. I much prefer a clean finish of a zipper.

Winslow Viev B 1

Also check out this awesome pattern illustration that Helen came up with! I simply love various body types and female shapes featured. I can not get enough of it. illustration-2I was also a little wary of culottes as first, but my curiosity was winning me over for the past year and this summer I knew I would give culottes a try. Testing the pattern seemed like great way to do it. If I bought the pattern there was a chance I would talk myself out of it, but with testing I had to do it. There was no way out. So I signed up to test view B, the above the knee length of culottes. I thought that length would be very flattering on me, and anyone else for that matter

I chose my size based on my waist measurements. There is plenty of ease in the hips so there is no need to grade between sizes. This was a very pleasant and unusual experience. My hips are 2 sizes bigger than my waist so grading or FSA are a must. With Winslow pattern it is not necessary at all! The deep pleats at the front and back create more than enough room for the hefty behind. The seat curve it also very generous and deep so I didn’t do any modifications to it. So my first pair I sewed up as is, with no changes to the pattern at all. And I think it turned out great!

Vinslow View B 2

For the fabric for this pair I chose a soft luxurious viscose twill in beige from Blackbird Fabrics. The beige one is sold out, but Caroline carries a few other viscose and tencel twills in her shop which are just as great. I got them in almost every color (ooops!). When I first bought the fabric I had no plans for it but Winslow culottes seemed like a good enough idea. Yet in the end I couldn’t be more happier with the results! The fabric almost has a very slight sheen to it and drapes so beautifully… It is the perfect pairing to my Winslows! This combination turned into a very solid basic piece in my closet.

After the success of the View B, I had to try View D. I simply had to. I never wore wide legged pants until this spring. The beige Hampshire Hack was in fact my first pair of wide legged pants. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for another one, but without giving myself a chance to overthink, I dove in and cut view D out.

W‌inslow View D 1

For this view, the only modification I made was to lengthen the pattern by 5″. The pattern is drafted for an average height of 5″5′ and I am 5″10′. So adding 5″ seemed like a good place to start. It worked out great! I even had enough length to hem the pants to wear with a slight heel!

Winslow View D 3

This pair is made out of slightly crinkly rayon I got from Fabricland. I figured that if I am going to push myself to make a pair of crazy palazzo pants, might as well make them in crazy print! I love how they turned out!! It is perfectly crazy yet sophisticated. Shaun told me that I look like a rich mom when we met up after work to go home. Ha! I don’t know if “rich mom” is a look I strive for, but I’ll take it as a compliment nonetheless.

Winslow View D 5  Winslow View D 4  Winslow View D 6

Of course I couldn’t resist the swooshiness of the full length Palazzo pants! They are so much fun to walk, twirl and twist around in! One thing I do want to reiterate is to hold them up when walking up the stairs. I learned the hard way with a long skirt I made last fall. I didn’t hold it up running up the stair, tripped on the skirt and fell straight onto my knee. That ended up in me requiring a few rounds of physio for a couple months. I am pretty much a definition of clumsiness. Sometimes I wonder how the hell I used to teach dance…

Oh, and here is the picture of that zipper that goes through the waistband I mentioned at the beginning of the post. Isn’t it lovely?

Winslow Back

Overall, I think this was a successful testing experience. I am very happy with both pairs of my culottes and I can truly stand behind Winslow pattern and recommend it to others. It is great, versatile and required no fitting modifications! Well other than length, but that doesn’t count.

What about you? Would you make a pair? Which View?





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  1. These bit look so great on you! I saw a recent blog post from Helen herself wearing the midi length and I really love them. I may have to give them a try!

  2. Like you I’ve been a bit on the fence about culottes, but I am liking them more and more. My preference is for the midi length, although both your pairs look wonderful! I love the ikat style print. Gorgeous.

    1. Thank you, Helen! I have certainly crossed over into the culotte territory now 🙂 After seeing all the testers with midi length I am really wanting one too. They look so classy!

  3. Lovely post, Anya! Thanks for sharing and for making not one, but two tests! I love them both on you and am incredibly jealous of the printed fabric in particular. I love the idea of a ‘rich mom’ look. I don’t understand it, but I love it.

    1. Thank you! And thank you for letting me test, it was such a pleasure. I think my printed fabric actually looks super similar to the printed fabric on your midi length culottes you recently posted 🙂
      haha I don’t understand the idea of “rich mom” either, but I guess it is a compliment?… lol

  4. Anya, all the heart eyes for both of these!! I love both of these equally. The biege looks so perfect for when you want to wear a skirt to work, but you still want the extra comfort of wearing a pants. LOVE IT! And that Ikat print on the palazzo length? Beautiful.

    And every single post of the Winslow Culottes reaffirms my excitement to purchase them at release. I mean, every single version of these so far have been GORGEOUS!

    1. Abbey thank you so much!! They did turn out having a slightly different vibe I think. Thank you so much 🙂
      I agree, all post are amazing! The culottes have such a different yet flattering look on everyone and in different fabrics. It’s incredible really. I can not wait to see them on you. You will rock them!

    1. Thank you! That means so much to me! I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off but I think we all can. I am a believer now

  5. Now I suffer from major culotte -envy! Oh man I love the beige ones! Like someone commented already, they would be perfect for work 🙂

    1. Thank you, Nilla! I am really glad with how the beige ones worked out. The fabric is just perfect for them! I think so too 🙂 I have been wearing them to work and they are so comfy.

  6. Both of these look amazing Anya!! I think you’ll get lots of wear out of both pairs! Thank you for the stairs tip, my husband sarcastically refers to me as “the swan” because I am constantly tripping on things. I haven’t ever worn culottes but this pattern is really intriguing me.

    1. Thank you!! I think so too 🙂 hahaha I am glad to hear I am not alone in being not so graceful. My boyfriend always bugs me about it as well. I found it to be a very easy pattern and a satisfying make, so in the end even if I wasn’t crazy about the culottes, it was worth a try for me. But it did take me about a year to warm up to the idea of culottes.

    1. Thank you so much, Elisa! hahaha I feel that way every time I see other tester’s photos 🙂 I’d love to see yours if you end up making them!


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