Recently, I am feeling quite tired because I started my summer job, but I had this zip culotte in mind for a long time, so I decided to make it, no matter how tired I was.
The pattern is from Burda Style (07/2016) model 107A. This is the first time I ever followed a ready pattern and I had a hard time trying to understand the instructions. I tried to take plenty of photos for you to see every single step, if you wish to sew this particular garment.
First of all, prepare your pattern. And coffee. Make coffee.
Lay the pattern on your fabric. Try to figure out the best way possible to lay the pieces so that you have some extra fabric in case you do something wrong.
Transfer the pattern information on your fabric
I did a ladder stitch to sew the darts together, because I think this is the most secure way to get them right. You are free to use whatever method you like best.
I marked the seam lines on the pockets and then pressed the marked areas face to face with the other pocket parts so that the lines are transfered. (Genius)
Sew the pieces together.
Place the pockets where your pattern tells you to.
I used a foot with a guide to sew the top of the pocket. Optional, but it’s the details that make the difference.
I handstitches the seamlines according to my pattern.
I sewed the crotch line.
I placed some interfacing on the top piece of the zipper. The following are hard to explain, it took me a lot of time to figure out what I was supposed to do so I will let the photos do the job.
Use a zipper foot.
Handsew your zipper first, so that you are as accurate as possible. Hem the edges of your zipper fabric pieces.
Zipper is ready!
Now its time to sew the sides, then the pockets and the center back seam.
At this point I got really tired and the next day I started my summer job, and didn’t have time to take photos! But the only thing that was left was the belt which is basically sewing right sided together, leaving a longer edge on the right side and installing the buttons! I also made it a little more narrow on the side so that it fits well and bam! Ready! It wasn’t easy for me because it was the first time following a pattern and the first time sewing pants! But it fitted me so well that once I finished it I was really excited. It is comfy yet stylish and really classy.
What do you think?
Let me know!