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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / culottes pattern or how to make/alter pattern? on: January 13, 2013 10:06:27 PM
I've been thinking about making a skirt - I know shorter ones look better on me but I get really embarrassed when there's a wind blowing and I'm carrying something and don't have my hands free to hold my skirt down.  So I started looking at culottes (feeling a little bit sceptical about finding nice looking ones) and came across these:

http://www.retrotogo.com/2011/06/high-waisted-culottes-from-lipsy.html  - I think these look quite classy - people might mistake them for a skirt if they're not paying much attention (and hopefully would swish a bit like a skirt when walking).

http://www.ioffer.com/i/women-s-girls-ladays-dressy-shorts-culottes-skirt-black-520461013#  - I don't think these are technically culottes - more like a skirt with shorts sewn in - but I quite like the idea.

I've been searching for culottes patterns but haven't found any like the first one - if anyone can point me to a similar pattern that'd be really helpful.  If not, does anyone have any ideas how I could got about making them by altering another (shorts or culottes) pattern?

As for the second link - I was thinking I could look for a skirt pattern (not sure if this would be an A-line skirt?) and boxer shorts pattern to modify - I figure they mainly just need to line up so the shorts don't show at the bottom and will join at the bottom of the waist band.  Also hoping someone knows what that pleated looking fabric is that is used in the skirt?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / advice smart casual shorts for amateur on: January 11, 2013 03:02:30 AM
I live in Australia and we're getting some really hot temperatures here so my default outfit at the moment is shorts and a t-shirt.  All of my shorts are camos and I think are a bit dressed-down.  I'm looking to make some new shorts as a sewing project, and I'm not sure if it's possible, but am aiming to make some that look fairly dressy but aren't too hard to make.

In terms of the shorts looking dressy I'm pretty dumb with style and fashion so I'm wanting some guidance on what styles are dressy - should I look for a pattern that includes pleats, a fly, a printed fabric, decorative trimmings?  If yes to the fly - would you advise against attempting this for someone who has never sewn a zip into anything before?
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