What a fab weekend I’ve had! Flew out to London on Friday morning, straight to Liberty’s where I met the devastatingly beautiful Marianna, debuting her StyleArc Mara dress (on blog now!). We shopped the fabric shops and we both bought: Marianna completed her haberdashery supplies and I bought 2m navy pinstripe wool from The Cloth House. I had to fight off another shopper for the same fabric – she’s going to make trousers and I was going to make Gabriola skirt.
My conference finished earlier than expected on Saturday afternoon which permitted another couple of hours browsing along Regent Street before catching the last flight home and my bank balance well exercised and exhausted!
While I was away the postman brought a little parcel all the way from USA (Pattern Hoarder) and inside was this little beauty – Vintage Vogue 2807, Montana proper culottes.
“Proper” culottes are actually a split skirt: should have pleats and look like a skirt when the wearer is standing upright. In other words, you shouldn’t see the trousers at all, rather an inverted pleat at centre front and back.
Wide legged trousers that have been shortened are NOT culottes, they’re wide legged trousers that have been shortened!
I have 3m of a navy rayon which was earmarked for the Vogue Montana culottes; 2m of my London purchase, earmarked for Gabriola skirt because of the pinstripes to maximise the pockets, seen here at OzzyBlackbeard. However, the Gabriola skirt needs 3m and the culottes only 2m, so the decision had been made for me – swap the fabrics and patterns.
There is, however, another problem; the vintage pattern (uncut) was available only in sizes 6-10 and I’m a 14! Still, too good not to get my hands on it.
Vogue sizing for 10 – waist= 25″, hips= 341/2″
For me – waist=30″, hips-40″
So, adjusting for fit, I need at least 5″ all round
So…..I’m crowdsourcing advice from you: you lovely, kind, helpful, educated, experienced and skilled people.
Here is the main pattern piece and an intriguing piece it is. The front and back are all one one, so centre front and back seams only. There are pleats at front and back and the mock fly at centre front.
I have to keep the centres at centre front and back, I have to keep the not-side seams (and pockets) at the sides and I have to keep the pleats in proportion and in position.
So how do I add approximately 4 – 5″ keeping everything in place?
Can I just cut bigger at the edges? What happens to the not-side seams, pleats and what-have-you?
Do I need to do cut/slash to keep the proportions? And where do I do this on this pattern keeping pleats and everything else in place?
Do I totally abandon and make a simple A-Line skirt instead?
Looking forward to your very welcome advice. Thank you in advance, Ruth.