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They might be granny pants…

Okay, so calling these granny pants may be a little harsh, but I must admit that my first thought when I put them on was that they reminded me of just the sort of thing my grandma would have worn back in the day!

Don’t get me wrong, though, I kind of think I might love these.  They are comfortable and easy to wear and surprisingly on trend!

These are the Named Ninni Culottes in Cali Fabrics’ Natural Textured Linen-Look fabric from Robert Kauffman.  I knew that I wanted to make wide-leg linen pants this summer, so I jumped on the opportunity while summer is still here.

This style is a bit out of my comfort zone, if I’m being honest.  I love loose, oversize garments more than the average person, but I’ve typically kept my oversized pieces to tops and dresses.  I love wide-leg pants, but the ones I’ve made previously have generally been slimmer through the hips.

But not these Ninni Culottes!  They are oversized all the way through.  If my Ebony dress was the perfect dress for a big Thanksgiving dinner, these are the pants!

This Robert Kauffman fabric is not actually 100% linen, instead it’s a linen look fabric.  That means that it’s a blend of several different fibers.  In this case, polyester, cotton and linen.

A linen blend like this is a nice alternative for someone who wants the look and breathability of linen but doesn’t want a garment that wrinkles as soon as you look at it.  The cotton and linen in the fabric makes the fabric cool and breathable, but the polyester ensures that it doesn’t wrinkle like 100% linen.

Linen is also generally easy to work with.  It handles very much like quilting cotton, meaning that it will breeze through most machines.

Tips for Working with Linen and Linen Blends:

Cali Fabrics stocks some great linen options, but with summer approaching its end, the yardage available is dwindling fast!


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