I’ve been dreaming of a breezy skirt with the easy functionality of shorts. I recently made the Flint pants and loved them so much I decided to try the Tania culottes. They are the most amazing secret shorts! They look put together, but they are so comfortable and so breezy. I want a different pair to wear every day of the week, and anytime someone compliments my skirt I proudly show them the inseam and that it’s really shorts. I love that I can sit on the floor and I can ride a bike without worries of flashing anyone. I altered mine to have an elastic waist back instead of a zipper and side seam pockets to make them a little more comfortable and functional. These are the best “shorts” I have ever worn! Whenever I get a compliment on this “skirt”, I have to show them that it’s actually shorts!
Any time you make a garment cut on the bias there will some stretching out along the bias. If you hem your garment immediately, then this stretching will result in a very uneven hem over time. It’s always best to let your hemline stretch out before hemming – but then the trouble is, how to even it out properly.
Today i’m sharing with you one of my favourite simple tricks for evening out the hemline on a circle skirt!
1) Let your skirt hang for a few days before hemming. I used my dress form, but you can just as easily use a coat hanger, it really doesn’t matter. In my personal opinion the longer you let it hang the better, but having said that, i’m impatient and can never seem to wait longer than 2 days before hemming
2) Lay out your skirt and line up the original pattern piece with it.
3) Using the original hemline as your guide, trim the stretched out uneven portions of the skirt hem.
YOU GUYS! i am so so excited to share this tutorial with you!!
I have had sooooo many requests for a tutorial on how to make the Tania culottes midi length, and i’ve tried out a couple of methods to find what i think works well, whilst still maintaining the original feel of the Tania culottes. The thing that makes the Tania culottes so special is the fact that they really look like a skirt and i wanted that effect to remain when lengthened.
OK so i’ve prepared two methods for you. The first method is for culottes that are very drapey, like the orange pair i shared in my last post, and have a very similar shape to the original culottes. This method will use more fabric, so keep that in mind. The second option is for culottes that are more structured, and have less flow. This is a great option for your more structured stiff fabrics, and also for any fabrics that are narrower. When i made the second option i was able to place my pattern pieces on folded fabric rather than single layer to cut, and that was really really nice.
Ready? click through for the details!