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Completed Project: Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes

December 28, 2013

Today I have the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes to show you.  The fabric I decided to use is a blue-grey chambray from Boyes, which is very nice and drapes quite well, but I should have used something a little more slippery for these I think, especially for during winter when wearing tights underneath.

With a jumper, tights and boots

With a jumper, tights and boots

I added six inches onto the length of the culottes as they struck me as being too short, but in the end I chopped 3 inches back off because the longer length made me feel a bit frumpy.


I’m not overwhelmed by these – I wanted to try them but I wasn’t sure if they would suit me.  I think the full circle skirt for each thigh, coupled with the short length, makes my thighs appear even wider than they actually are, but then again I didn’t like the longer length either.


They are at least practical – I can see me wearing them more in the summer for trips to the park or the beach – so I can sit cross legged without showing all and sundry my knickers!

  1. December 28, 2013 9:30 pm

    Ooh, I think these look really lovely and don’t make your thighs look wide at all. They look very cute paired with the boots, suits you a lot!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 28, 2013 9:39 pm

      Thanks. I think they will grow on me!

  2. anne carter permalink
    December 28, 2013 10:16 pm

    Yes, they do suit you. I’ve always liked culottes as they’re more practical than skirts. The pattern would look good in lighter weight, summer fabrics too.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 28, 2013 10:21 pm

      They are quite practical, although the fact that each leg is basically a circle skirt means that in a gust of wind I might still end up revealing more than I’d like!

  3. December 29, 2013 8:47 pm

    I made these and adore them. However I made mine in very drapey rayon so they hang softly and are very flattering.
    I think these look great – could it be that these photos were taken from a lower angle? That distorts proportions a little.
    You are right though in a drapey fabric and a high wind things do get risqué!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 29, 2013 9:23 pm

      I saw yours and they look fab on you. I definitely do need to try them in a more drapey and more slippery fabric – rayon would be perfect. You’re right, due to lack of photographer for these I had to use the timer on my camera and set it up propped up on my daughter’s bed! Not the best photography!!

  4. December 30, 2013 8:13 am

    This is a pattern I love but have reservations about. I love the look of it on everyone else, but I have thighs that rub – is it really going to work on me? or end up with serious creeping fabric? Yours look great, but what do you think for the curvier type of figure?

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 30, 2013 8:51 am

      I think as long as the fabric you used was slippery and drapey enough, like a rayon/viscose, it would be fine! I don’t know how curvy you are but I had to cut the XL size for these for a 34″ waist. I was most put out: I know I’m not skinny but I don’t consider myself to be XL either! If you were any bigger than this you’d have to grade the pattern up to your size.

  5. December 31, 2013 6:44 pm

    When this pattern is in stock again I plan on attempting to get it… It seems to disappear FAST! I like yours- I like the grey, and I like them with the tights and boots. Seems like a versatile wardrobe piece!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 1, 2014 11:56 pm

      Thanks. I want to make another pair!


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