dark red culottes

A while back, I bought some dark red culottes from Madewell, tried them on with different items in my closet, and showed you the pictures. I liked them, but I decided not to keep them, because they were a bit expensive for a limited-wear item. I decided I could make a pair, if I came across a fabric that I liked.
I did find a dark red linen, and made a pair of culottes. My linen isn't as drapey as the rayon used by Madewell, but I like my color better, and  I like how they turned out. Here they are, in a couple of outfits.

1-2: Raspberry linen culottes and blue and red rug-print rayon high-low tank (made by me); blue jeans jacket (AG, Robyn); metallic lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen, Foxy).
3-4: Raspeberry linen culottes, light blue-gray linen long sleeved tee with layered hem, and black linen cowl-neck layered-front vest with gray, blue, and red appliques (made by me); black peep-toe sling back platform sandals (Munro).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Oh! What a rich red. It's beautiful! I LOVE the outfit with the tank on its own. Once again, your genius for picking a pattern that works with your hair comes through. I am taking notes. 

    And just look at that arty vest! WOW, that is a signature kind of piece. You are an amazing sewist. 

  • chewyspaghetti replied 3 years ago

    Nice work! You certainly have the toppers to go with these.

  • Irina replied 3 years ago

    Looks awesome! Great color and style. But that vest stole the show :) you are so gifted.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    How Killer Arty Gorgeous are you, Sharan? Infinitely so. 

  • Astrid replied 3 years ago

    I like the ones you made better! Great looks.

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    Nice work!
    I have a preference for the shorter tops (first outfit).
    How does it look with low vamped shoes ?

  • deb replied 3 years ago

    Good job and the color is fab.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    The culottes look wonderful on you! And I love the silver shoes.

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Wow, great culottes and vest!  That is one fab outfit.

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    Two super looks, Sharan (and yes, the colour of these culottes is perfect). And how utterly amazing is that vest!! So soooo stunning!!

  • Staysfit replied 3 years ago

    You've done it again! These look fabulous! Mi particularly love them with the appliqué vest, WOW! That's a great outfit, unique, artistic, well done!

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    I can only say wonderful, you look great in all outfits but I prefer with  silver shoes..

  • replied 3 years ago

    Oh wow Sharan! You culottes are 1000% better than the Madewell ones. I much prefer the shape. The colour is delicious and I adore that arty vest that you made. YLF!!

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    Fabulous! I also like shorter tops with these.
    I think I still want to wear my Topshop dark red culottes so you've inspired me to break them out again. Maybe next year I won't want to but for now they're still newish to me!

  • shedev replied 3 years ago

    Both outfits are killer on you.

  • L'Abeille replied 3 years ago

    Stunning. That red shade is gorgeous but you've upped the ante even more with those coordinating tops. I'm overwhelmed by your creative genius; it's one thing to see existing items in the shops and combine them creatively; it's another to find the right fabrics and colours and combine them into something flattering; but you go so many levels beyond, imagining things that never were. I don't know which outfit I love more...

  • Amy replied 3 years ago

    Ooh, those turned out great and go so well with your toppers!

  • Janet replied 3 years ago

    I love that color! You are such a talented seamstress! Gah, I wish I lived closer -- I'd hire you to do a couple of projects I have in mind. :-) 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! I'm blushing from the compliments.
    Skylurker, I will have to try the culottes with a lower-vamped shoe, too. Maybe ballet flats. . . .

    The applique vest was the project I made in a class recently, at the American Sewing Guild annual conference. It was a lot of fun, and way out of my usual mode, coming up with a combination and placement of shapes, plus doing some hand stitching!

  • Elle replied 3 years ago

    Love the culottes! Great color and linen too (my favorite fabric).

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Love them especially with the great vest in #3/4!

  • Windchime replied 3 years ago

    More love from me for your burgundy culottes! These look so good, you'd think they'd been custom tailored just for you! :)

    And I'm picking my jaw off the floor, trying to recover from how awesomely COOL your vest is!

  • replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic! You're so skilled and so lovely. I always enjoy seeing your artistic endeavors.

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    These really look lovely on you.  You did an outstanding job.  That vest also.  wow

  • Lyn D. replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic and unique pieces, what's not to love?

  • Brooklyn replied 3 years ago

    I love how you are able to say: this one is not quite right, I will make one that's better. I am so envious! The colour is fab, of course, and I particularly love the first outfit combo. Elegant and unique. YLF.

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    That's the way to put your skills to use!

    Once you had the right fabric, you were most of the way there.

    The best is fabulous, too!

  • FashionRCD replied 3 years ago

    Ohhhh thanks 

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