I jumped on the linen culottes trend by sewing a pair of CASS Wide Leg pants last week!
To no one’s surprise, I decided to make this classic and versatile piece in FS BLACK heavy linen, my favorite fabric lately. The heavier-weight is a little stiff at first, but softens beautifully after a few washes. It’s incredibly textured and durable. After looking through many wide leg pant designs, I landed on the CASS pattern for its many design details I love for a summer pant. The combination of a high-waist, inseam pockets, elastic waistband, and a wide-leg silhouette results in pants as comfortable as pyjama bottoms, while looking as timeless as a pair of dress trousers.
For sewing the pants, I followed the instructions in the tutorial found right here on the thread blog. With photos and step-by-step directions, it’s really easy to follow along. This is another one of FS’s free patterns, so the pattern can be downloaded and printed at home. If you are not familiar with sewing pockets or need a refresher, I recommend referencing the inseam pocket tutorial as well. Even as an experienced sewer, I find these instructions helpful as I tend to be a visual learner. It speeds up the sewing time as well. The three rows of elastic along the waistband looks intimating, but the process is the same as a single casing. This little detail adds so much interest and sophistication to an otherwise very simple design.
Overall, I’m happy with the fit and style of these pants. They will complement the other linen garments in my wardrobe so well. The pants are a little tight along my hips just below the pocket, so if I sew another pair, I will create the next size up for a slightly looser fit. If you tend to be between sizes or prefer a flowy silhouette, I recommend sizing up for this pattern.
I think I say this every time I finish an FS pattern, but I’m already dreaming about adding more culottes pants to my wardrobe. Natural or olive linen will be next on the list for me.
Will you be trying out this pattern? Share on Instagram and tag @fabricsstorecom so we can see your finished pieces. Hope you find this project inspiring for your summer wardrobe!