Citronille Patterns: Lou and Gabrielle

Katy and Abby tried out two pairs of women’s pants from Citronille: Gabrielle and Lou.

Gabrielle is fitted at the top, with wide, loose legs. Lou is a more modern style, and is fitted through the hips and upper leg, then flaring out a bit towards the bottom.


Katy, on the left, made the Lou pants out of a stretch denim from Robert Kaufman. She wants to point out that this is definitely a high waisted pants pattern. This can be seen a bit in Citronille’s drawing, but as you can see in the photo, they fit right up around the waist.

She was pleased with the fit, and would make them again. The Lou pants have no front or back pockets, and Katy would definitely want to add them in her next pair. She has made pants from a variety of other patterns, and is familiar with how pockets would be added on. She would use the pockets from another pants pattern, and combine them into this one.

Abby made her Gabrielle pants out of a navy wool flannel. She made a size 42, which is a size larger than she usually makes with other Citronille patterns. While she was concerned about doing this, there was definitely no extra room in the waist, and she was really glad that she went with the measurements on the pattern and not the size that had worked for her before.

At first the fit for the pants wasn’t going so well, but Abby was able to make some adjustments to them and was pretty happy at the end (although she wishes she had hemmed them about an inch longer.)

While the waist fit, the hips were definitely too loose, and after sewing them up and trying them on, the hip curves were sticking out off her body, so Abby took them in a bit. She was also unhappy with how low and baggy the front crotch of the pants was, so she took the inseam in starting about six inches below the crotch of the pants, and going back down the same distance on the other side. She brought the inseam in a good inch right at the top, and after that and taking in the hips, was much more pleased with the fit.

We hope you will enjoy making your own Lou and Gabrielle pants, and that you will send us photos that we can share!

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