{Helen's Closet} Winslow Culottes

Hello all! Today I have a quick and dirty post about a very simple project I finished a couple of weeks ago. It's the Winslow culottes from Helen's Closet. As I've already said, it's super simple but don't let that fool you: it's such a great pattern. Ever since I made this one, I've been obsessed about it and I want to make more Winslows out of every fabric I see. You think I'm kidding? I am not.
The pattern itself is dead easy to make. It took me no time at all to cut - maybe about 20 minutes - and they came together in one afternoon. This was another buddy sewing session with Mel, so make sure you check out her version. We picked very similar colours but the fabrics are completely different.
There are 4 different lengths offered: shorts, knee, midi and full length. Mine is a straight size 10, view C, midi length. I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the comfiest things in my wardrobe. The fit is spot on. I only had to worry about the waistband and it's perfect, even though it's a straight band. The pockets are a great size and those pleats on the front and back give me life! The only minor change I made was to sew a blind hem on my machine, which means my hem is ever so slightly deeper than called for.
The Winslows are extremely versatile. For these photos, I went fancy with heels and a posh blouse, then switched to chunky boots and a jumper and, finally, a tank top and sandals, ready for summer - which I am 100% ready for, after the last couple of weeks of atrocious weather. I can see this being a piece I return to over and over again because it goes with so much in my wardrobe and it's so easy to wear.
The fabric is absolutely DEE-LEE-SHOUS! My goodness! I bought it from Harriet at Sew Me Sunshine when I visited her studio in December and it's serious roll-around-nekkid-in stuff. It's a tencel twill which is still in stock and lends itself perfectly for the Winslows. It has a gorgeous drape, it's silky soft, completely opaque, lightweight but holds up those pleats beautifully. It was a dream to sew with and pressed really well. It does crease a little bit but that doesn't bother me. Most things crease and that's what happens when I wear clothes. 🤷‍♀️
Overall an absolute winner and I cannot believe it's taken me this long to try them out. Don't make my mistake: if you haven't already, go and get yourself a pair of Winslows right now! Go, go, go!

I hope to be back soon with another Kalle shirt dress but in the meantime you can find me on Instagram most days.

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