Swishy trousers, simple & versatile pattern

A review of Helen's Closet Winslow Culottes

Reviewed by sewslowsarah on 25th August, 2021

The Winslow is a fab pattern for summer – with lots of different options using the different lengths and hacks detailed on Helen’s blog.  I’ve made a few pairs of the shorts in chambray which I wear every summer, but for my latest pair I used the elasticated waist hack to make these glorious yellow swishy pants of dreams.

The instructions, for both the main pattern and the hack, are really clear and easy to follow, with simple and clear illustrations. This version was so fast to sew up, with no zip or pleats, and a super simple waistband. I cut out the size 14, taking 3inches off the side seams, drafted a new waistband, and skipped the pockets (yes, I regret that terrible decision!). I definitely could have taken more off, or made a smaller size, but I still love these as they are.

If I hadn’t made a few mistakes (hello sewing the two front pieces together and overlocking them!), I’d have finished these in less than two hours – and I’m a very slow sewist. As you can see I adore these swishy amazing culottes. Perfect for warm days, super comfy, practical, and stylish, I’ve never felt more ‘me’ when wearing these…if only I’d added pockets! I think next summer I might try the hack without side seams…

Full write up on my blog