DPL Asymmetric Culottes

When this pattern was released (along with the Ruffle Tee) I had to get them straight away. These patterns are exactly what I had been on the hunt for. I love how two everyday essentials had been transformed into something a little special. I’m on a mission to build my handmade wardrobe basics but I still like to have a little extra detail in them and learn new techniques.

I am firmly in the ‘love to sew culottes’ camp. They are a great introduction to trouser making and the loose style makes them easier to fit and perfect for the summer weather (where ever it is!). I love the tie detail on the Asymmetric Culottes and the cool wrap effect.

The fabric is from Sister Mintaka. I love the selection of fabrics Sandeep has, if I had my own fabric store it would be a mash up of her fabrics and Caroline’s over at Blackbird Fabrics! It is a rayon from Cloud 9 fabrics and is called ‘Sculptor’. It is very lightweight and drapey- perfect for summer culottes!

I had my eye on this for a while but couldn’t figure out what pattern would do it justice. It had to be something without too many lines and sections so the print wouldn’t be interrupted. But equally something cool to do the fabric justice. I think I nailed the pairing pretty well, what do you think? I love the reaction I get when people realise there are faces and not just lines!

I was equal parts curious and nervous about the construction of these. I couldn’t figure out how the wrap/tie detail was achieved, and did panic a little that it would be complicated. The instructions Alex provides are amazing. Everything is super clear and easy to follow. She has created a really interesting pattern in a very simple way, I would really encourage everyone to give them a go.

And did you know she provides a fashion file with every pattern? These focus on an aspect of the Dressmaking process and go in to detail on how to achieve a perfect finish. This is a really thoughtful extra!

I am looking forward to making more of these, definitely in something heavier next. I am also planning the Ruffle T-Shirt and Belted Sweater- again these are great wardrobe basics with an interesting design twist.

Sharlene x