Tania Culottes…when sewing gets big.

Ever worn something that felt too big for your own home?


The swish too swishy, the swirl too swirly?Β Too ‘la di dah’ according to my 5 year old.

There was literally too much culotte to do these bad boys any proper justice. So, dear readers, we absconded to a far more professional setting to give the culottes room to breathe!

A few weeks ago the lovely Lucy from Sew Essential asked me a super tough question…would I like some fabric and a pattern of my choice to sew and blog about? Although super easy to answer, what wasn’t so easy was the whole choosing business! A quick 5 minute browse turned into a full evening of umming and ahhing over the Sew Essential website and their exhaustive range of fabrics and patterns.

Seriously, I was exhausted by the time i made my final decision.


Firstly, can we please take a step back and appreciate the eye boggling beauty of this Sevenberry Geometric Grid fabric. Super lovely to work with with all the feel of a linen and the good behaviour of a cotton under the presser foot.








I wanted to push the envelope both in terms of style and skill set so behold the wonder of the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes. This was a totally new sewing experience on all fronts; I’ve never dared to wear culottes or used a Megan Nielsen pattern but I needn’t have worried.


I went for the longest length…the Midi Culotte.Go big or go home was the sewing mode of the day.



Secret shorts that you can twirl in, who knew what fun this could be? One of my favourite things about sewing is the ability to totally break out of your style comfort zone on your own terms. Look you can even be a little bit Bowie circa Ziggy in these!

I love the versatile look that this pattern allows, the beautiful arranged pleat at the front makes the initially looks very lady like. Channelling the Katherine Hepburn vibe.


But with the ability to break the lady like exterior safe in the knowledge that it is impossible to flash anything inappropriately with your culotte frolicking!


The biggest sewing challenge that these culottes presented was the sheer amount of hemming to be done. Expansive. Seriously expansive hemming situation.

My other half was pretty thankful for the quiet running of my machine while I sewed my way through almost 4 metres of fabric! Someone on Instagram was recently asking about my machine, I’ve had it for about 6 months now and I still feel like I still haven’t used it to it’s full potential but that just means more sewing for me! If you’re in the market for a new love in your life you can oggle my machine here…sorry not sorry for leading down the sewing machine rabbit hole!

And a massive thumbs up for Megan Nielsen! The instructions were spot on and so user friendly!






Thank you Sew Essential, I’m off to twirl, cycle and run in my new secret shorts in a la di dah kind of way.








22 thoughts on “Tania Culottes…when sewing gets big.

  1. Your photos are like a burst of sewing fun and optimism! The culottes look great! And if somehow they hadn’t, no one would notice because you brought so much fun to the photoshoot!

    I just finished a pair of wide-legged pants myself. The pattern was for culottes but I chickened out of the culotte length yet again, so they’re full length. Not complaining about that but, boy could I use a blog photography lesson from you πŸ™‚

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      1. You three make a great team for a photoshoot πŸ™‚

        Any footwear tips for culottes? I don’t feel like I have the right shoes for those, so I end up lengthening culottes.

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      2. I’m a big clog fan but they’re not for everybody. I’m going to try these out with oxford brogues and some penny loafers too ☺️ I generally wear flats aside from clogs of course! X


  2. These look fabulous and a pattern I’ve wanted to try for a long time, I think I need a floaty pair for the summer. The fabric looks great too, I’ve not brought from them so will go check out the website.

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  3. I made the short ones – brilliant for cycling. As you say, spot on instructions. Your’s are gorgeous and make me think I must make the longer model


  4. I love them! Fabulous Tif! I was originally thinking of the short pair, you know to wear in the summer and avoid flashing people while you race around the park with the kids! But now I’ve seen your ‘high drama’ pair I might need more than one!

    As always, your pics are the best! I need to get less self concious in mine!

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  5. I made these too out of crepe and they are HUGE. My friend asked me why I was wearing a ball gown πŸ˜‚. Loving your photography, you look like you could rule in these trousers/pants/ball gowns….πŸ˜€

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