Tania Cullottes

Megan Nielsen


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Modern take on culottes combining the practicality of shorts with the appearance of a skirt. Pattern features a fitted waistband, wonderful drape, invisible side seam zipper and hidden centre front and back pleats to create the illusion of a skirt.

Version 1 is mini length, Version 2 is knee length and Version 3 is midi length.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

Half a day


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen

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  1. Mel Forrest

    5 out of 5 Swishy and versatile!

    Mel Forrest

    Another win in my series of ‘I need to sew trousers, but it’s scary’ patterns! If you want to sew some separates but fitting frightens you, I can definitely recommend the Tania culottes!

    To get the maximum ‘looks like a skirt’ effect, I chose to make my culottes from some lovely drapey viscose twill. Pros: Beautiful movement, comfortable to wear, soft and delightfully swishy. Cons: Snagged a fair bit while sewing and takes AGES to iron.

    This was the first time I had used a Megan Nielsen pattern and I found the quality of instructions to be very good. They were easy to follow and I had no problems with any of the steps.

    I made the size 8 to fit a 28′ waist – next time I would make the size 6 as I think a 27′ waist would sit higher up closer to my narrowest point and therefore be more flattering. I wanted to make view C, but didn’t have quite enough fabric (I had 2.5m), so I cut about halfway between view C and view D. I’m only 5′ 4″ and I think this is a nice length on me.

    I’d love to make these again and other than sizing down, the only other change I would make is choosing a fabric that doesn’t crease as much – something like a crepe would probably be much better. I have worn them a lot since I made them – they looked nice with tights, boots and a chunky knit during the winter and I’ve enjoyed dressing them down with flip-flops and a t-shirt as the weather has warmed up.

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    It was an easy, quick project.
    The hardest bit for me was cutting the slippery fabric. The waist ended up a tiny bit big so I put some elastics in.

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    Fabric: drapey woven viscose
    Instructions: clear and pretty simple. It definitely needed hanging for a couple of days before hemming, as there’s a lot of bias in it as it’s so full.
    Alterations: I bought my pattern a while ago, when there was only one length – short! – and so having seen on blogs the length it ends up, I made a size L but used XL length plus added a couple of inches more. It looks like the pattern now includes different lengths?
    Finished item: love it! You can’t help but twirl… It’s pretty short and flippy though – I have to watch out for a gust of wind!

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    -Fabric Used: Jersey Knit with practically no stretch.
    -Instructions: The instructions were very easy to follow. The entire pattern is very straight forward.
    -Ease of Use: Very easy to follow along, the illustrations are clear! 🙂
    -Alterations: I opted for an elastic waistband instead of a zipper, so I changed up the way the waistband was attached a little.
    -Finished Project: My finished project looked exactly like the line drawings, very skirt like and adorable. 😀
    -Like / Dislike: I can’t believe I owned the pattern for so long before I made it. It’s so quick and simple. I love that they are culottes and they have some freedom to them that you don’t have with a skirt but that it LOOKS like a skirt. They are on the short side, which I love, but it’s something to be aware of.
    Difficulty: This pattern is pretty simple, I would recommend for someone who is comfortable having inserted zippers. 🙂
    -Recommendation: I would recommend this pattern to a friend.
    -Size: Blended between S and XS
    You can see my full review and more pictures on the blog at http://theartofoh.blogspot.com/2015/11/wear-to-where-blog-tour-brunch-with.html

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