DIY Spring Floral Culottes

Let's just get this out of the way and all agree that this fabric is TO DIE FOR. I found it at the Michael Levine Loft store and immediately snatched it up and brought it home. Fortunately, I had just enough to make a pair of Tania Culottes. I made these culottes once before (check 'em out here) and I totally love them. I love the fitted waist and the full swingy "skirt". 

I made a few minor adjustments to the pattern. Like last time, I dropped the crotch a bit to allow for my tall torso. The last pair I made was a little tight at the waist, perfectly fine some days but if I'm feeling particularly bloated then it was a little uncomfortable (ladies, I'm sure you know what I mean). So, I added a little bit of extra room at the side seams as well. Not a full size, just a half size. Everything went together really smoothly except for the waistband. I had a beastly time trying to make the skirt stretch to fit the waistband piece. I vaguely recalled that I had that problem with the first pair and with a pair of shorts last summer but couldn't remember how I solved it. After much basting and stitching and re-basting, I just removed the stay stitching and it fit so easily. Have you ever had this issue before? How did you solve it?

If you follow me on Instagram you might recognize the bodysuit I'm wearing here. I made it just to go with these culottes and I love the combo of subtle stripes with the floral. Tune back in later this week for details on the bodysuit. So, have you tried out the culotte trend yet? Are you planning a pair for your spring wardrobe?