2013/07/08

Tania Culottes

Here we go! Tania culottes from Megan Nielsen Breakwater Collection, finished just in time for one of the rare summer weekends of this year! :D


I am so in love with this culottes. I always like practical things, thus a shorts, which actually look like a skirt is just perfect for me.


The patten is actually very simple and the instruction were clear and easy as usual with Megan's patterns. A big recommendation from my side for this summer!

Anyway, I have had one problem, which I guess, I caused myself. I have not found anybody on the blogosphere having the same issue. So maybe you girls can help me?
I attached the skirt to the waistband and finished it. But when I tried the culottes on, I had two overhang parts at the backside hem (see photo below for approx. area).  I put the culottes off and went through every step of the instruction. But I simply cannot find the mistake! Finally, I ended up straightening the hemline


The result is wonderful, but I really need to find out, what I did wrong. If you have any idea, please let me know, so that my next culottes won't need straightening!

Thanks a lot and have a nice and summery week everybody!

30 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I love them on you! If the part hanging down is on the sides, I'm guessing it's from the bias stretching out at the side seams. If that's the case, it's probably unavoidable and you'd have to trim the hem even.

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    1. Thanks a lot! From the lots of comments about the bias, I believe you are right! :)

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  2. These look so lovely on you

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  3. Hier:
    http://lladybird.com/2013/06/24/completed-birthday-tania-culottes/

    das gleiche Problem.

    Sehr schön Deine Variante.
    Toller Stoff, passt gut zum Schnitt.
    viele Grüße
    Elke

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    1. Hallo GrüneBlume! Danke für den Link. Das scheint ganz genau das Problem zu sein. Puuh, da bin ich ja froh, dass ich nichts falsch gemacht habe! ;)

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  4. They look very good! I'm soo happy we got some nice weather so you can wear them! I haven't made them so I can't help you with the extra fabric issue..What kind of fabric did you use?

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    1. Thanks Kim...actually, I am not quite sure about the fabric. :) I guess it is some kind of cotton-polyester blend. It is the polyester share, that makes it floating as it is.

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  5. I LOVE these. I really need to make up a pair.

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  6. Nette! It is definitely because of bias. Skirts and other garments which is on bias should be hanged for a few days and then trimmed the hem. I wrote about it my post http://radosapuse.blogspot.com/2011/09/speckled-circle-skirt-raibie-saulites.html

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    1. Hi Zanda! Thanks for the link to your blog! Next time I know better and will follow your advise. ;)
      By the way, I love the shibori, that you have tried on your blog! Wonderful!!!

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  7. hi! so glad you indicated this bias-hem-thing. I haven't sewn up my pair and 'll pay attention to that!
    may I ask you: it this the original length or did you lengthen you culottes?

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    1. Hi Laura,
      Good to know, that I am not the only one not knowing this bias-hem-thing. :D
      I used the original length indicated by the pattern. I am about 1.67m. Hope that helps you!

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    2. Yes that helps! Thank you :)
      I was scared since they look really short in the photos on Megan's blog ;) But I'm a bit smaller than you, so it shouldn't be a problem. Hurray! (btw: I think the length is quite perfect on you)

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  8. I had the same problem. I hung mine for a night and had to trim quite a bit to get them even. As Zanda says, it's because of teh bias. Any circle-y type skirt will stretch in weird spots.

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  9. I haven't made these so I can't help the issue, but man-oh-man do I want to make myself some of these culottes stat! Yours are fan-freaking-tastic! xx

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful compliment!...I am almost blushing! :D
      I just discovered your blog. You have a new follower!!!

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  10. These look fantastic! It's such a fun pattern.

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  11. Super cute and super summery! Epic work, Nette :D

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    1. Thank you so much. epic...hihi :)

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  12. Gorgeous!! I love this pattern so much and your version has got me inspired all over again!!

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    1. Thank you!! I love your version 'Shorts on a line'. The fabric is fabulous. <3

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  13. Shorts that look like a skirt? Genius! These are super cute, but I'm thinking that Ginger may be onto the posssible problem? Either way, they look just fine to me :)

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  14. Hello! I have been reading your blog for a while but it's my first time commenting :) Your culottes are soo pretty!

    My hem was like yours too! I think the culottes are drafted to be a bit longer in the back. In the blog post where Megan introduces the Tania Culottes, she says they are "very slightly longer in the back to adjust for the behind."
    http://blog.megannielsen.com/2013/05/the-tania-culottes/

    The longer back didn't work for my body type and my knee-length version (which turned out very cute, by the way!). I adjusted and pinned the hem, and saw that the curve looked similar to the difference of the front and back pattern piece. I actually used the front pattern piece as a guide for cutting and it turned out ok for me.

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    1. Hi Momo,
      Thanks for your comment and the link hint. Your advise shows, that we always need to be creative to fit patterns to our individual shapes! Would love to see your version. :)

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  15. Adorable as usual, Nette! I'm glad you found this pattern, it's the bomb!

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    1. Thanks Anna! You know, I always appreciate your lovely comments. :D

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  16. I love the fabric you chose!!! I agree that the instructions were super easy and the end result is very wearable!

    But, I had the exact same thing happen. I assumed my fabric shifted while cutting, but it became obvious that it was the bias stretching when I noticed several other people mention the same thing.

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  17. I've been reading a few reviews of this pattern and i think other people HAVE had you're problem, they just phrased it differently. A lot of people noticed that it hangs down a bit long at the back and some of the reviews I read thought maybe there had been a drafting error and wrote to MN. Her explanation is that she made the hem 2" longer at the back than everywhere else to give us some extra stretch room for our delicate behinds.

    So whilst there could well be an element of bias stretch, this extra 2"s could be part of the problem too. I've seen some people who shortened the hem at the back only. Taking it the whole 2"s back looks weird, but about 1" seems to be ok.

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