Monday, September 11, 2017

Cora Culottes by Made for Mermaids Patterns

Made for Mermaids reached 35,000 Facebook followers this month and to celebrate they have released the Cora Culottes for girls, and the Mama Cora Culottes for ladies.  The new patterns ($3 each) are a fundraiser for local Hurricane Harvey relief funds for the month of September.  This pattern is drafted for moderate stretch knits with drape.

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My little lady and I tested this pattern and we love how comfy our culottes are!  I'm not sure I've ever owned a pair...but wearing culottes is like wearing a swishy skirt with a bit of loose fabric between your legs.  They are also super easy to sew! 

cora culottes sewing pattern

If you've made a t-shirt or leggings before and want to try curved hems, this would be the perfect project to practice that skill.

cora culottes sewing pattern

I made a straight size pink, 12" hem. This hem is supposed to hit just above the knee (I am short, so I removed 2.5 inches to get this length). This is a thin, drapey rayon/spandex from La Finch Fabrics.  Not everyone person likes the way thin rayon/spandex hugs the skin, but I don't have a problem with it.  In fact, I love how thin and airy this is!

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And if you are that seamstress who hates hemming...

Wanna know a secret? You don't have to hem these! I only hemmed mine because I was pattern testing. They actually look pretty great un-hemmed, especially in a solid color.

My daughter is wearing a straight size 1 made in a 2-way poly/rayon jersey with a cotton/lycra band (the band definitely requires 50% stretch). 

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I bought this knit from Girl Charlee years ago, before I knew anything about 2 way and 4 way stretch knits.  It's so hard to find patterns designed for 2 way stretch knits so it has sat in my stash for a long time. I had no problems using it for this project!

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My husband could usually care less about how I dress our daughter.  He has mentioned several times how much he loves these culottes! He says they are fun and dressy but allow her to move around like a toddler and stay covered.  What a win-win! 😁

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If you're farther north than me, check out more of the tester photos for tips on layering with these culottes.  I really loved seeing Brittany Reini's culottes in green velvet!  

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