Named Ninni Culottes – Version #1

I don’t wear pants much anymore. My favourite are skinny jeans but they hurt my knees (because of my chronic injury) when I sit so I’ve stopped wearing them. Wide leg pants won’t put pressure on my knee caps but I’ve always thought that I’m too short to wear them without heels (and heels are bad for my knees too). But Me Made May has changed my mind! There were so many lovely culottes throughout the month and I was inspired to give them a try, starting with an easy, elastic-waist version: the Named Clothing Ninni Culottes.

After reading lots of reviews, I decided to make a number of changes to this pattern immediately and also try it out with a toile. Here are the changes I made before cutting out the toile:

  • Used a drapey woven rather than a knit fabric
  • Sized down two complete sizes (I cut the smallest size even though the pattern recommends larger for my measurements)
  • Removed an inch from height of the front rise and an inch from the back rise
  • Removed three inches from the length
  • Tacked the pockets to the front waist (this was not in a review, I just like pockets to be held in place)

I’m very glad I made these changes! The pattern is drafted for someone 5′ 7″. I am 5′ 3.5″ and am VERY short between my waist and hips. I would have swam in these if I had not sized down, reduced the rise and cropped the length. With these changes, I am pleasantly surprised with how these came out! They were nice and easy for my first make back from Me Made May and they are ridiculously comfortable to wear. This toile has already gone into my wardrobe and I’m excited to make more versions soon!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Lindsay


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