Introducing The Bastion Culottes - New Pattern Release!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Bastion Culottes combine everything we love about 1940s sailor pants, 1930s beach pyjamas and the modern A-line skirt.

Hot off the back of Me Made May, let me introduce you to my newest pattern, The Bastion Culottes. Heading straight into your favourite summer (or winter!) wardrobe rotation, the Bastion Culottes are secret trousers masquerading as a skirt.

Bastion features a sailor-style front button opening with deep, roomy pockets cleverly integrated into the waistline.

Gently fitted at the natural waist, the legs drape effortlessly down over the hips in a breezy flared silhouette.

With two length options - falling to mid-calf or above the knee - wear Bastion with fitted knit tops or loose button-up blouses tucked in or tied at the waist. Throw a cropped cardigan over the top for cooler climes.

Choose lighter weight linens and chambray for summer, or go for snuggly wool suitings and flannel for the perfect winter garment.

Bastion has been styled here with the Gable Top, the Hunter Tank and the Aisling Blouse.

View 2 Bastion Culottes worn with a Hunter Tank

View 1 Bastion Culottes worn with a short sleeved Gable Top

Skill Level

Bastion is a fun sew, with interesting construction techniques. If you're a confident beginner seamstress and love the look of Bastion, you will enjoy the challenge. Buttonholes and keeping track of important notches are the key skills required.

Of course, advanced seamstresses will also enjoy the construction and will have a lovely pair of pants in a day or so.

Fabric Options

The Bastion Culottes work well in light to mid-weight fabrics with some drape for both summer and winter options.

Linen, chambray, poplin and voile are perfect for summer. Look for mid-weight denims, pinwale (baby) cord, wool blends and flannel for winter.

View 1 Bastion Culottes worn with a cut-on-the-fold Aisling Blouse

Sizing and Fit

Bastion sits at the natural waist, so choose your size based on this measurement - the smallest part of your torso, usually above your belly button.

Bastion ten falls gently out over the hips in a fit'n'flare style silhouette, meaning the hips are free in the finished garment.

The crotch height is designed to sit at approximately the height of regular, loosely fitting wide legged pants, but an additional lengthen/shorten line has been added to make adjusting this height easy and stress-free.

Bastion is drafted for an average height of 170cm or 5'6".

Your Bastion Culotte Files

Bastion is currently only available in digital format for the time being. Files include my easy-to-lay A4/Letter pattern file and an A0 Print Shop file. Links will be emailed directly to you.

Make sure to use the hashtag #JLHBastionCulottes on instagram so I can see and share your makes!

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