Fabric: 2 metres of mystery denim $15.82 ($14.00/metre - 50% off + taxes)
Zipper: 20 cm (8") invisible zipper $5.06 ($2.80 - 20% off + taxes x 2)
Basting Tape: 72 cm (28") $0.00 (Birthday gift)
Pattern: Vogue 9091 @ $8.48 ($7.50 sale price + taxes)
I made culottes and I love them!
I know you're probably shaking your head, wondering what the heck I was thinking making a garment that is famous for its pouch-centric orientation. Especially after the Crafty Chemist warned us to tread carefully with this fashion trend. But I already had Vogue 9091 in my pattern stash after I quickly clicked the order button during a Vogue's online sale. And there was Hanni's (or was it Elizabeth's) pair of culottes over at I Sew, You Sew that convinced to go ahead and make them.
Either way, the fabric worked out fine. I actually picked it up because I liked the colour rather than the belief that it was a true denim fabric. I suspect it has a high polyester content by the way it frayed while handling the fabric along with the softer drape it has compared to true cotton denim.
I will say that I do like this pattern but I should mention that I found it on fitted side. I usually sew a size 14 with Vogue patterns but I cut this as a size 16 based on the waistline measurements printed on the pattern piece. I'm glad I did because if I went with a size 14, I would surely be in trouble.
I didn't follow the sewing instructions because I wanted to insert an invisible zipper and I had to sew the waistband before the sewing up the side seams. It worked out fine except on the final fitting I encountered zipper problems. I'm going to have to remove it and reinsert a new zipper. And then I'm going to make another pair.