After a bit of a leave of absence to accommodate a little camping holiday in Devon, I finally have the pink culottes ready and photographed for you. Because everybody needs a pair of hot pink gaucho trousers in their wardrobe, am I right?

It’s been a bit emotional to say the least, as I’ve been working on them for ages and had all sorts of mishaps, but finally, they are here in all their hot pink glory! And not a moment too soon, I just love wearing them, and that’s what sewing your clothes are made to make you feel.

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It’s not a secret I love culottes, I think it’s the only aspect of the latest fashion I actually like, so they have been on my sewing list for a long time. I got the inspiration for the hot pink colour from last year’s Named Mimosa culottes, with a fuchsia sample. I had this fabric in my stash for years and ta-dah, it all came together!

At least in the planning department…. Because in the execution department, it all went pear-shaped. I had to recut the legs because I cut in one layer to match the stripes and forgot to flip the pattern piece. Luckily, I had enough fabric to cut them again, whew! Then I put it all together and when I wore them the first time, I realised I had used a zipper without auto-lock and I spent the entire day worrying I’m flashing my knickers because my fly was down. So I had to unpick the whole shebang to change the zipper. But it turned out to be a good thing, as I redid the waistband and it’s now much more comfortable. Plus it was a good thing to practice the front-fly zipper and the waistband insertion, so win-win!

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So let’s get the deets.

Pattern: Vogue V9032, classic front pleated trousers with front fly and contoured waistband, with slanted side pockets.

I cut View A, wider leg, size 12, based on finished measurements on the pattern.

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Fabric: It’s a mystery poly-something, with woven-in stripes and a bit of stretch. I got it a long time ago in a bargain bundle from Abakhan. I had about 2.7m of it but ended up using all of it because of the cutting-out incident.

I really expected better crease resistance, but it really crinkles, so I have to iron them before I wear them every time *frown face*.

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Alterations: I chose the pattern because of the front fly zip and the contour waistband, but I was hoping they would be a bit wider in the leg. So I slashed and spread from the waist to add in another 10 cm in the front and 10 cm in the back leg, to obtain the culottes shape. I used freezer paper to fill in the space, I just love that stuff for pattern alterations.


I generally followed the instructions or at least peeked at them to check I’m on the right track. I definitely did not follow them for the zipper fly and waistband and used Sara Alm’s tutorials instead (which I reviewed here).

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This was the first time I sewed a proper front fly zipper, not a mock fly, mind you! I did a practice run and then ended up inserting the darn thing twice, but I think I got it now. I also used Sara’s burrito method for closing off the waistband, which again was a big revelation. I made a mistake and use a different seam allowance at one end of the waistband compared to the other, so they don’t quite overlap perfectly, but I could not be bothered to unpick it again. The first time I cut the waistband on the grain, but it proved to be a bit too unyielding. So the second time I cut it on the bias and used a lighter interfacing and it’s so much more comfortable now. I finished it with bias tape and then sewed in the ditch from the right side. I love this method because it ensures you always catch the facing’s edge and it’s all nicely finished on the inside.

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Verdict: Recommended

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I really like this pattern, they fit great, and I really liked the princess seams on the back for extra curvy comfort. I also liked the slanted pockets, the contour waistband and the fact that I can now sew front fly zippers!


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I am so happy I took the time to go back and finish them. I love wearing them, in spite of the few mistakes. I’ve been wearing mostly dresses for work usually, but I love having a pair of bottoms that are both office-y and fun, and which I can dress up or down according to the occasion. I wore them with stiletto heels and a shirt to work, but they also go with my grey converse and a t-shirt. And they are so comfortable to wear, feels like wearing a skirt, but without the flashing opportunities :D. Also, I feel they could make a nice addition to my capsule wardrobe, in spite of the bright colour, they go great with black, white, navy, so the possibilities are endless.

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In these pics, I’ve paired them with a turtleneck t-shirt, my trusty Mona biker jacket and some low heel shoes for a casual chic vibe. I hope you’ve noticed my matching pink zipper earnings, it’s all about the accessories, isn’t it?

Have a fab week,  everyone, full of colour and things you love to wear!








  1. 5 September 2016 / 12:37 AM

    Omg, that colour. They are marvellous!

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 10:08 PM

      Thanks Sue! I am a bit chuffed with them *blushes* 🙂

  2. Mary in Thailand
    5 September 2016 / 1:09 AM

    They look really good. Congratulations on new skill too!

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 10:07 PM

      Thank you, it feels really empowering to master something that feels really difficult.

  3. Rimma
    5 September 2016 / 2:11 AM

    Your photos are fabulous! Love the bright pink culottes!!

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Thank you! My husband and I took a photography course, I guess it shows :D.

  4. 5 September 2016 / 7:43 AM

    Such a fantastic look on you & great pics. I hope you had a great holiday down here in beautiful Devon & that the sun shone for you ☀️

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 11:17 AM

      Thank you! My husband and I took a photography course and it really helped. And yes, Devon was amazing, we were in Croyde, I love that place!! Didn’t know you were based there. Where about are you?

      • 5 September 2016 / 11:37 AM

        You visited a lovely area, I’m on the south coast, living on the outskirts of Plymouth

        • Alex
          5 September 2016 / 3:26 PM

          Oh, if you have time, check out Spark Something Good Plymouth & Exeter on (or on my Twitter post). We’re sewing for charity on Thursday and Friday in M&S in Exeter, but there are other projects to get involved with in Plymouth as well.

          • 5 September 2016 / 5:09 PM

            Just spotted the Exeter events on your Twitter feed but unfortunately I’m working. Will look into Plymouth ones

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 11:16 AM

      Thank you! So glad I discovered your blog! I saw a lot of patterns I have too or have already made. Great minds think alike 😁!

  5. corrineappleby
    5 September 2016 / 9:55 AM

    These are fantastic! I love how you’ve put the whole look together!

    • Alex
      5 September 2016 / 11:14 AM

      Thank you! I can’t wait to come up with new ways to wear them. The fabric is thick enough to be worn in winter as well.

  6. 6 September 2016 / 12:17 AM

    Widening these pants worked really well – they look great on you! Love that waistband finish too – I need to try it out next time I make pants!

    • Alex
      7 September 2016 / 7:18 PM

      Thank you!! It’s a good base to start with. And do recommend the freezer paper for pattern alterations. I noticed that all my ready to wear trousers have it, so there must be a good reason. It’s much much quicker and less fiddly to catch both sides.

  7. 21 September 2016 / 2:45 PM

    LOVE these! You look fabulous Alex.

    • Alex
      28 September 2016 / 9:50 PM

      Thank you! I saw a lot of people wearing awesome culottes today, just makes me want to make more! I will bore everyone to death with them, me worries :S…

  8. 1 October 2016 / 5:40 PM

    These culottes are so cool! Great work Alex. Everyone needs culottes (I have made 3 pairs).

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