The Winslow Culottes, Helen's Closet

A Review of the Winslow Culottes Pdf Pattern by Helen's Closet.

A freak few days of hot sun here in Northumberland, UK made me want to make a pair of shorts. I have plenty that I made while living in Cyprus but they are mostly slouchy jersey style and I wanted something more structured in woven.

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*EDITED TO ADD: I've also made a pair of Winslow Culottes with an Elasticated Waist! If you'd like to read about this hack please CLICK HERE.

After a search I came across the Winslow Culottes by Helen's Closet and luckily for me the Pdf Pattern is 20% off throughout June!

The Winslow Culottes are wide-legged pants which can be made in any length from shorts to palazzo pants. I felt that the box pleats and invisible zip fastening would be a more flattering fit compared to an elasticated waistband and of course there are nice big pockets!

Make midi-length culottes in Tencel twill for a chic, modern look, shorts in cotton lawn for summer adventures, or pants in rayon challis for luxurious weekend wear.

Source: Helen's Closet

I already had some pre-washed fabric which I thought would be appropriate - a Striped Cotton Linen Mix - from Pound Fabrics. It has some structure so the box pleats will hold their shape and remain defined.

winslow culottes pdf pattern review helens closet

The Winslow Culottes Pdf Pattern comes in sizes 0-34 which is a waist range of 24"- 52". They are recommended for an Advanced Beginner (probably because of the invisible zip insertion). The Pdf comes in A4, US Letter, A0 versions with Layers enabled.

Light to medium-weight woven fabrics with plenty of drape such as rayon challis, viscose poplin, crepe dé chine, light-weight linen, and tencel twill. View A and B work well with both fluid and slightly structured fabrics. For the longer lengths (View C and D), a lighter weight fabric with plenty of drape is strongly recommended.

Source: Helen's Closet

The Winslow Culottes Pdf Pattern comes in four lengths: View A = 18”, View B = 22”, View C = 32” and View D = 41”. The pattern runs straight down from the hip, so it's easy to make them any length you want. In fact, I just printed out View A to save paper.

winslow culottes pdf pattern review helens closet

A detailed instruction booklet is included with The Winslow Culottes Pdf Pattern which is very clear and easy to follow. It includes tips on grading, adjusting the rise and shortening/lengthening. I particularly like the fact that the instructions tell you where/when to finish your raw edges so you are left with a really neat finish on the inside as well as the outside. The Culottes are quite easy to construct - insertion of the invisible zipper might be a challenge if you're new to it but following the instructions carefully and watching a few YouTube tutorials help. I particularly like the tutorials presented by The Stitch Sisters.

winslow culottes pdf pattern review helens closet

The finished fit of The Winslow Culottes is true to size and they are very comfortable. I really like the placing of the box pleats, I think the look is quite flattering and levels up the look of what could be a plain pair of shorts. I like the versatility of this design - I would like to try the same View in a drape woven fabric such as Rayon Challis for a different feel.

winslow culottes pdf pattern review helens closet

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