McCall 6965 (Weaker Execution of Culottes)

Let me start by saying that I have important plans to sew the Megan Nielsen Tania culottes that EVERYONE looks so cute in. That pattern is rock solid and I have no doubts that I will love those culottes.

That being said, one recent weekend I wanted a quick, easy new project and I do not yet have a copy of the Tania culottes. McCall just released a number of new patterns that peaked my interest and one – McCall 6965 – really wants to be the Tania culottes, but is maybe not quite there. I had already purchased the pattern for $1, so I went ahead and tested them out so that I could have them as a comparison.

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I almost love them, but not really. In true McCall fashion, they are absurdly short – on there verge of unwearable (this is the length straight from the envelope). In true Beth fashion, I did not make a muslin to test the length first or add length (obviously, that probably would have helped push me over the edge to land of love).

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If we factor out the shortness, they are pretty cute, right? The  pattern was overall a breeze. There are four panels and a waistband, which takes out some of the voluminous flare that the Tania culottes seem to have. The directions instruct you to insert the zipper in the back, but I wasn’t following them closely and I made the assumption/decision that the zipper should go on the side. This turned out just fine and seems like it would be a bit more comfortable. I sewed a narrow hem for finishing.

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I used a super soft cotton by Thakoon to make these bad boys. I think a lot of people snatched up this fabric from Mood months back when it was available online and it quickly disappeared from the website. Luckily, I went to Mood in NYC this winter while visiting and they had some available (woop woop!). This fabric does feel amazing – similar to a lightweight challis to me. It does wrinkle like a bitch, but I can live with that. I admittedly was quite bold using this fabric for a shorts pattern as it is a bit on the sheer side, but as long as I am wearing nude colored undies, I am good to go.

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You can already see some serious wrinkles…and also how skanky they are!

Let me just say, my overall thoughts on this shorts/culottes style…a cool idea in theory, you know, looking like a skirt, but wearable like shorts..except I still have to behave ladylike as though I am wearing a skirt. Those leg openings are so wide that they can still give a really good show if you aren’t careful. Nonetheless, I still give the style a thumbs up – it’s fun!

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This is a cool pose, right? Nope.

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I also made the Megan Nielsen briar top and I really like it!! I was only all that interested in the cropped version and I can see myself making several. I made a size medium – it fits a bit loosely, but it’s comfortable. I enjoy the little sneak of skin the cropped version shows, but I have to admit, this style was a little tricky on me. My chest takes up so much space that I show my bra easily if I lift up my arms. My solution was to buy a lace bralette to wear that looks a bit nicer than a straight up bra showing.

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Another aspect I like about this top is that the back extends down so it does not feel as exposing as most crop tops do. I noticed that Lauren from Lladybird knotted her Briar in the back to wear with her Cascade skirt and that looked great! I tried this out and it is another awesome solution for me to turn the front into a snugger fit so that there is not bra exposure.

I already have fabric ready to go for the Tania’s, so stay tuned! 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “McCall 6965 (Weaker Execution of Culottes)

  1. I’m so glad someone made these up so I didn’t have to be the guinea pig! These are the ones designed by Melissa Watson, who is the daughter of one of the Palmer/Pletsch fitting expert ladies. They are fitting/drafting gods as far as I’m concerned, except Melissa Watson definitely designs younger/hipper things. I’m amazed this is too short, since I’ve always found the Big 4 to be quite conservative with dress lengths…or maybe I’m just a skank. Anyway, you definitely have the legs to pull it off so I say they’re keepers!

  2. kind of curious about the notches on the inner leg which seem to be one notch on front panel and two notches on back panel – which does not make drafting sense. Should I go with my gut and match the inner back and front despite the notches not matching?

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