Hi, I'm Samantha from www.sewbytheseaside.co.uk and I am so pleased to be sharing my first post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network with you! 
If you'd have told me last year that I'd be obsessed with making Culottes for my 'me made wardrobe' I would have laughed... not quite stamped my feet like when my mum tried to get me to wear them as a child, but I definitely would've said 'Culottes are not for me'. 
However, there have been some fabulous patterns around this year with lots of you in the sewing community creating inspiring pairs. As I still wasn't sure about the style on my own shape I popped to my local high street & tried on a couple of styles to see if I was a fan (my tip if you're unsure about a particular style before you buy the pattern). 
This wasn't my first pair of Culottes but it was my first time using a Megan Nielsen Sewing Pattern and it certainly won't be my last project of either of these! 
I used the Megan Nielsen Tania Pattern and knew they needed a lovely drapey fabric as these are a true Culotte style that look very much like a skirt when worn. The fabric I opted for was this gorgeous Navy Floral Georgette Fabric from Minerva Crafts, it comes in a variety of colours & is a dream to work with (the rest of the items you will need for this project are listed in the side bar). 
The pattern has three different versions; shorts, just above the knee and midi culottes. I made the midi length as it was the version on the front of the pattern envelope that I fell in love with! Megan Nielsen patterns come with all pattern pieces to cut or trace, along with printed instructions. They also have a dedicated app where you can scan the QR code in your pack and unlock the in app instructions, fab if you are into your gadgets & hate lots of paper taking over your sewing table. 
I absolutely love my Tania culottes and have already been scouring the Minerva Crafts website for fabric to make more versions. What I love about culottes are they just so versatile, for example you can ride a bike without fear of flashing the world your knickers and day to day they look smart, are floaty, are cool in the heat and hello curvy ladies, no 'chub rub'!. 
The Tania Culottes Debrief
Fabric - C7531-Navy Georgette 
Pattern - Megan Nielsen Tania
Sew time - an evening
Difficulty - advanced beginner (hardest skill required is an invisible zip insertion). 
Would I sew again? - Yes, again & again! 
Tip - insert a label! I keep confusing the back and the front!!