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Megan Nielsen Tania culottes + Briar crop top

A few weeks ago when i was chatting to you all about the inspirations and ideas behind the Tania culottes, a few of you brought up the topic of scarring culotte experiences. So today i thought i’d share mine!

When i was about 9 years old i was a Brownie – and the uniforms were crazy adorable. Like really really adorable. I think the reason i loved Brownies so much was the fact that i got to wear that little brown Peter Pan collar outfit every week. The only badges i earned were for sewing and painting (duh hehe). So when i outgrew Brownies, i decided to try Girl Guides/Scouts. I wasn’t as lucky in the uniform department this time. The uniform was (*cough*) a polo shirt and culottes. The bad kind of culottes. CRINGE. Talk about scarring. I did not want to leave the house in those babies. It was just plain upsetting. Worse still, i was 12 and reaching that awkward stage where i really didn’t want anything to make my butt look big and stick me in unflattering shorts that went below my knees. No thank you.

There’s a bit more to it (way too much camping, with way too many ants) – but basically Girl Guides died a quick death for me after a few weeks in those crappy culottes. (yes it is important to make life choices based on fashion, k?).

Ok your turn. Have you ever been forced to wear the hideous, scary, terribly scarring version of culottes?! or do i win?

Thank goodness for Tania! The madness can end.

Megan Nielsen Tania culottes + Briar crop top

[Make this look]

Bottoms: Megan Nielsen Tania culottes // Kit or Pattern
Top: Megan Nielsen Briar cropped tshirt // Pattern + similar fabric + variation tutorial
Shoes: Country Road // Eve
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Jen
Jen
9 years ago

Haha- hilarious! That is pretty much exactly the same as my story- except I left guides and went to scouts, and had to wear even worse pants there (think high-waisted, vomit-khaki green pouffy things that are tight at the ankle and had pleats down the front… and not in a good way.) It was like swapping one bad thing for another…

Ali
Ali
9 years ago

I had a similar experience with Brownies, I had to wear a similar colour culotte to Jen – vomit-khaki is a great description of the colour. I hated them!

Ginger
9 years ago

Aww man, I always wanted to be a Girl Scout! I’m one of five kids, so my mom kept our after-school activities to a minimum so our schedule wouldn’t be out of control. But those culottes sound pretty terrible! My grandmother wore them all summer long when I was young in the mid 80’s, and she always paired them with plaid camp shirts. It was a terrible look, but I still always smile when I hear the word “culottes” because it makes me think of my gram. :)

oonaballoona
9 years ago

fortunately my only culotte experience has been with your lovely pattern:))

i was kicked out of girls scouts. we brought the wrong dessert to a meeting.

Roxy
9 years ago

Haha no bad culottes experiences but I remember being so terribly disappointed with brownies because there wasn’t “real sewing”! I think my expectations were a little high.

Gjeometry
9 years ago

Ha, your story made me laugh :) HOWEVER, I think you may not like what I’m about to say. I also had culottes in the 70s that my gramma made for me and LOVED them. In olive corduroy, no less! I have developed a love affair with culottes and have found a few patterns, a few from the 60s , 70s and a few from the 80s that I absolutely love!! One pair has a sailor / diaper style closure and is that awkward length you speak of (knee-ish) and one style even has an inverted pleat at the side, making them even wider. I can’t wait to make them up, and, yes, wear them out!!! BUT, that’s me. Your culotte pattern is just adorable, I especially like the longer ones, and they look very modern and flowing.

Trice
9 years ago

I have always loved culottes.. However, I stopped wearing them when I was younger because they were not fashionable.

kelly t
kelly t
9 years ago

My mother got me a pair that went into my weekly outfit rotation as a child. Boy, did I really hate those things! So unflattering on a skinny pale kid!