Winslow Culottes from Helen’s Closet

Hey makers!

I hope you’re doing fine! As I’m writing this article, I’m in the train to go visit my old flatmate in north of Germany in my new favourite travel outfit πŸ™‚ If you’re living in Europe I’m sure you can imagine that travelling 7 hours long by the current heat wave (I wrote this article at end of July) requires very comfy and breathy clothes! Enters my new Winslow Culottes from Helen’s Closet.

You might have seen my first version on Instagram last year, I did the short version in a blue tencel and I loved it and wore it so much that I decided to add the Winslow Culottes to my 2018 make nine list but this time in the culottes length. I was very inspired by Helen’s and Jassika’s versions, so I knew I wanted to use a very light and flowy fabric for this new version. I ended up using a kaki viscose from my stach (from Little Fabrics again) and I love love love the result, somehow I really like wearing some light kaki in summer, it gives a kind of explorer vibes (is it weird to want to have this kind of vibes? I’ll just go with no.).

When I started to plan this project I knew I wanted to change the pocket design to slashed pockets since the one on my short version are kind of hanging at the sides and make it a bit bulky at the hips (and I do not need any extra bulk on this area πŸ˜‰ ). And it seems Helen read my mind cause a few days after she wrote a serie of articles on her blog on how to hack the Winslow Culottes. I ended up using two hacks, the slashed pockets one and the elastic back waistband (helloooo comfyness). If I end up doing the Winslow Culottes again, I would definitely use both hacks again but I would lower the beginning of the slash pocket a bit more (right now I’m always looking for the pocket opening lower, kind of annoying – but not dramatic).

This is definitely another staple for me this summer, I wear it almost every Monday (aka the first thing I wear after laundry πŸ˜‰ ) at work, it’s breathy but still looks smart. I often paired it with my self drafted top (I swear more is coming on this topic) and my sandals to go to work or with my sneakers to go have a drink on the evening. Really I like everything about it but one thing… This is my first pair of culottes and I never realised before but culottes are the worst in public bathrooms! Like how are you suppose to manage not to get your culottes swiping the floor (gross I know)?! I ended up developing my little technique: holding the hem of each legs before pulling the elastic down, not so practicable but it does the trick! πŸ˜‰

Anyway with this make, I can proudly say that I checked so far two boxes on my 2018 make nine list, which means I already did as good as last year! πŸ˜‰ And still four months to go! Who knows, maybe I’ll manage a 4/9 or something this year! πŸ˜€

How well is going you 2018 make nine so far? No joke now, how the heck are you supposed to go to the bathroom with culottes?

Cassandre V.


  1. Your Winslows turned out so good! I love that colour, it makes me want to whip up a green pair, too! I’m glad the hacks worked out for you, too. I totally know what you mean about the bathroom! I do the same thing – it feels so weird, but it does the trick!

  2. Thanks Helen! It’s such a nice pattern, I really love how versatile it is with all the length options, you did such a great job with it! πŸ™‚

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