McCalls 7131 – gauchos, culottes, shorts!

Good morning (or afternoon) – I’m up early today and positively feisty after 6 hours of uninterruped sleep. Usually I wake up a couple times, maybe get up and read for a while. Sleeping through was great.

This is from McCalls spring release – wow, it got me right away.  I’ve only seen one version online, this beautiful midi-length version by Mimi G. It’s so pretty, and I love her tropical print fabric. After seeing hers, I pulled out a print that I recently picked up for a loose maxi sundress (Hoffman Fabrics, from Fabric Mart). I think it’s perfect for these pants.

So many options. I decided to go with View E, the longest one – I was thinking I could always shorten it, maybe to the midi-length of View C. But I won’t – it makes great long pants. Gauchos? I think that views B and C could be called culottes. And how about those shorts – adorable. It would be so easy to make them a little longer, more a walking short length.

Such a great fit. I seldom tuck in a shirt with an elastic-waist bottom. But this waist is so nicely done, I really like how it looks. The waist band is 2″ wide and features 4 lines of elastic in the back.

And the front is plain, no elastic.

It takes a little patience to insert four lines of elastic. And lots of small safety pins at hand really help. I started by inserting all four elastics as far as I could without causing any gathering.

Then I worked all four to the end of the casing – and kept using those pins! I was lucky – I used the elastic guide from the pattern and it was just right.

The pleats on the upper front are intended to be open and loose. But I liked how they looked when they were basted down. So I decided to sew them permanently with topstitching.

Some sewing notes:

  • I sewed a straight size 14, my usual size.
  • The hem is generous on this pattern, no need for additional length. I used a 1″ hem with topstitching.
  • The crotch measured about 27″, so I added 1″ to the top of the front and back pieces, and added the extra inch to the top of the pocket pieces as well. I decided to finish the crotch with two lines of stitching, and I serged the allowance together to finish. By stretching the curves open while serging, I was able to get plenty of give in the curves without any clipping.

This is definitely getting sewn again!

Parting shot: My son and grandson, kindergarten graduation day at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. Joy.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe weekend – Ciao! Coco

12 thoughts on “McCalls 7131 – gauchos, culottes, shorts!

  1. Beautiful fabric and you made the perfect choice in a pattern to use it. I do like the waistband. I think I will try that method of four row of eleastic instead off the one that I usually do. Love the graduation picture!

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  2. This pattern is in my queue! In a printed challis, no less. Glad to see your version. I haven't read far enough to read about waistband construction, but I like what I see here! May have to bring this one to the front of the queue. I think I'm going for the view c length. I love all the dramatic fullness.

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  3. Okay, I am so wanting that pattern. You know, with a smart short tailored jacket I can see myself riding to the hounds in that “split” skirt. Or maybe Annie Oakley?! 🙂

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  4. wow at first glance I thought they were a skirt! love that pattern! how did you keep all of those rows of elastic from turning? I've yet to figure out how non roll elastic rolls lol! love the print!

    Helen

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