When I made my first pair of Winslow Culottes back in November, I LOVED seeing all the ways you could hack this pattern. One hack that I became obsessed with was turning the culottes into wrap pants. The hack looked so easy, so I was determined to make them. Since the wrap pants are slightly high-waisted, I decided to pair them with one of my favorite crop top patterns – the Saguaro top by Friday Pattern Company. It’s summer and nothing says summer like linen. Minerva sent me some gorgeous, light teal linen to try, and it worked perfectly for my sewing plans. I think these pieces look so great together but are just as wonderful as separates.
The Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet are a quick and easy garment to make, but somehow these hacked wrap pants are even easier. The full instructions can be found on Helen’s Closet’s blog, but basically you cut out the leg pieces, two waist ties, sew everything together and that’s it – you got wrap pants! You can wrap the pants to the front or back, depending on the look you’re going for, but you can’t lose either way. I had no issues with leg coverage (and vigorously tested my pants to make sure I didn’t flash any thigh), but that’s something to be aware of. Also, if you use a wheelchair or another kind of seated mobility aid, you should know that the pants can pool on the ground while you’re seated. I don’t think it’s a deal-breaker, but it’s definitely something to take into account if you decide to make these pants.
The Saguaro top is part of the Saguaro set and is the latest offering from Friday Pattern Company. I was a tester for this pattern and previously reviewed it on my blog. Spoiler alert – I LOVE IT and have had to talk myself out of turning my stash into numerous Saguaros. Saguaroes? Google says Saguaros so that’s what I’m sticking with. Anyhoo, other than making a 3-inch full bust adjustment, I made the top without any additional hacking or adjustments. This linen version is a stunner and is only feeding my desire to quit my job, move to another country, and spend my days making a Saguaro Set in every imaginable color and print.
Did you know that in addition to having thousands of designer fabrics for sale, Minerva also has their own exclusive line of fabrics? This enzyme washed 100% linen I received is part of the Minerva Core range and comes in 20 different colors. It’s a medium weight linen and I really enjoy this heavier weight because to me, it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as other linens I’ve worked with in the past. The heavier weight is also excellent for spinning around in. There’s no point in having giant wrap pants if you can’t spin! This linen sewed beautifully, with no fraying or unraveling. The color is stunning and pairs well with busy, cool-toned prints. I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Minerva’s Exclusive fabrics!