This is the second time that I’ve joined in with the Instagram challenge called “One Week One Pattern” (OWOP), which is hosted by the lovely Sheona of the brilliant online store called
The idea of the challenge each year, (which actually ran from November 26th through December 2nd) is to show the different ways in which a sewing pattern can be styled or modified or changed up with different fabric choices etc. You could have just one skirt that you’ve made and show how versatile it could be with the ways that you style it throughout the week, or you could have several dresses in plains, stripes and florals for instance. The choice is entirely up to the individual as to how you approach the week-long challenge. You could even sew several new garments throughout the week if that’s your jam…
Last year my pattern choice was my basic fitted trouser block. I showcased the different ways that I’d adapted my pattern and the different fabrics that I’d used. If you fancy a look the OWOP blog post is here.
So this time around I indulged my continuing love affair with the culottes/wide leg cropped trouser trend and I used pattern number 7445 by McCalls designed by the very talented Melissa Watson. It’s a great pattern that also includes fit advice within the instructions.
Have you noticed how the line between culottes and what some designers call cropped wide-leg trousers becomes a little blurred? Sometimes I’m not sure what they should be called so I did a quick bit of research and it seems that the word culottes originates from the French word Culotte which means a pair of panties, pants, trousers, shorts or (historically) Breeches. See Wikipedia here and The Costume Society here for lots more interesting facts.
I like the interesting and sometimes challenging proportions of the wide cropped silhouette and I’ve become braver with trying out more options for styling it. OWOP was the obvious time to delve a bit deeper.
I’ve actually made McCalls 7445 three times already. The first pair is made in a rust coloured stretch wool blend fabric that I’d had in my stash for many, many years and they kind of became my wearable muslin because in subsequent versions I tweaked the crotch fit quite a bit for my flat butt.
The second pair is in a lovely grey pinstriped stretch wool that I picked up from Ditto Fabrics a couple of years ago.
The third pair is a modified full-length version in a gorgeous Italian wool from * Minerva Crafts.
My original plan was to style the first three pairs differently over 6 days and to make up a fourth cropped pair during the week for day 7.
Well, you know what happens to plans, don’t you? Yup, you guessed it….they end up going astray!
You see, strangely I was extraordinarily more organised than usual and I had had a big try on session beforehand. I’d planned all of my outfits for the entire week and I’d even taken photos up front….however a couple of days before OWOP was to start I got a virus, followed rapidly by the most horrid tension and sinus migraine which lasted over two days. As a consequence, I spent the first two days of OWOP either in bed or on the sofa in front of Netflix feeling decidedly sorry for myself.
In view of me getting totally lurgy-fied (yes, that’s a word!) we’re just going to have to pretend that I did actually wear outfits 1 and 2 as planned…I won’t tell if you don’t 🙂
So, without further ado, though, here are my 6 outfits:
6 Ways To Style McCalls 7445 For OWOP
My Olive knit drapey neck sweater and Reiker boots bought 18 months ago from *
Full-length modification, seen here and my self-drafted ivory sweater seen in various posts but never officially blogged. Pikolinos boots from * Zalando bought about 3 years ago
Grey pinstriped version
Full length version again, but this time worn with my cropped boxy top seen here and the same Rieker boots as above
The rust culottes again, with my black Lamica boots (as above) and my favourite RTW animal print sweater by Biba bought from * House of Fraser last year
My coral boxy top again worn with my grey pinstriped culottes/trousers and my Reiker boots. To top this outfit I wore a very old memade green utility style jacket which is an old favourite (sorry forgot to get a proper pic of it)
And here are a couple of bonus outerwear shots too so that you can see how I look when I’m out and about. The weather wasn’t overly cold so I mostl chose my trusty trench coats. The Ivory one is
It’s a shame I didn’t get to finish the week properly but I really enjoyed thinking up outfit combos plus different coats and footwear options. To be honest it really helped me to make better use of my wardrobe and I feel more confident at styling my culottes. I can also think of lots more possible outfits as well. Once I got started the ideas kept coming.
As I write this though, the fourth pair of McCalls 7445 is almost finished in some fabric that coincidentally came from
So that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed my styling roundup. Catch you next week with those elusive crepe culottes. Bye!
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I really enjoyed the fashion show! Will have to get the pattern or maybe use an existing pants pattern that I have. Good job!
I’m so glad you enoyed my post. And it’s made my day to hear that you’ve been inspired x
You look very stylish!
Thank you Catherine!
I really enjoyed following along with your OWOP and loved all your culottes. It’s so interesting to see the different ways you’ve styled them.
Cheers Sue! Thanks so much. I always appreciate your support :)xx
Oh, I love these on you! I made a pair when he Pattern first came out and they looked so horrid on me. I’ve decided I’m too short for that style of pant leg, But you rock the look though! I love all of them!
Thanks so much Linda! So glad you like my offerings 🙂 These style of pants are tricky to style and I love a challenge. I think it’s all due to our individual proportions and how our eyes perceive the look.
As always Diane, you’re makes and styling are impeccable! I loved that pattern when it was released too although I didn’t buy it (might yet though!) but I did buy the new and revised copy of their Fit for Real People book which was released earlier this year and it’s brilliant. I have several of Melissa’s other patterns (ie tops) and have always achieved a great fit with them.
Thanks, Kathleen, that’s so kind of you to say. Fit for Real People sounds great. Actually, I have the jacket and pants fitting books and I’m really tempted to get the revised fit version that you have. Oh, and I too love Melissa’s creations.