Intro to Trousers: Ultimate Culottes


The Ultimate Culottes are a simple pair of flattering, oh-so-easy-to-sew wide-legged cropped trousers. Whether you pair them with flats to channel Audrey, or dress them up with heels for a night out, the Ultimate Culottes are super stylish and endlessly wearable. They even look good over tights for nippy winter weather!

The Ultimate Culottes are designed to sit on the natural waist, and come with two finishing options. Version 1 has a waistband with lovely wide belt loops, whilst Version 2 is finished invisibly with a neat facing. Both options feature single darts at the front and double darts at the back for shaping, with an invisible zip in the side seam.

Fitted only at the waist, the Ultimate Culottes are a great pattern for those new to trouser-sewing. They make a lovely quick afternoon project, and with such a customisable design, once you’ve made one pair there’s so much scope to have fun with the pattern. They are easily shortened into shorts, or lengthened into palazzo pants to suit your style.

When you’re sewing up your Ultimate Culottes you’ll learn to:

  • sew darts in a trickier fabric
  • add a facing or a waistband with belt loops
  • insert an invisible zip
  • work with the beginnings of trouser fitting

Your sewing level

This is a class for an advanced beginner. You will need to have taken the Intro to Dressmaking #2 class beforehand or be at the equivalent level.

Tea and treats are provided to help the sewing process along!

Level: 4

  • Have completed Intro to Dressmaking #2 or similar
  • Can insert a regular zip and attach a waistband
  • Understand notches and grainlines
  • Confident in sewing cotton fabrics

Class length: Two 3 hour sessions

Materials required:

Version 1 (waistband):
115cm wide fabric                 140cm wide fabric
Sizes 8-14: 2.1m                     Sizes 8-16: 2.1m
Sizes 16-18: 2.2m                   Sizes 18-20: 2.2m
Size 20: 2.8m

Version 2 (facing):
115cm wide fabric                 140cm wide fabric
Sizes 8-10: 2.1m                     Sizes 8-16: 2.1m
Sizes 12-14: 2.3m                   Size 18: 2.2m
Sizes 16-18: 2.4m                   Size 20: 2.5m
Size 20: 2.5m

You will also need a 9 inch concealed zip.

If you’re confident inserting zips and sewing darts in cotton fabrics then feel free to choose a fabric with drape, something slightly heavier like our luxury crepe would be perfect for the Ultimate Culottes. If you’re not as sure on your zip and drapey fabric skills then we’d recommend choosing a cotton or chambray for your first pair of Ultimate Culottes so you can focus on the fiddly bits and getting the perfect fit, without worrying about your fabric misbehaving! Find some great choices & inspiration for the Ultimate Culottes in our online shop!

Pattern sizes: You can find a post on our size chart and how to measure yourself here. If you are outside or may be bordering on our range of sizes, please contact us two weeks before the class as we will need to grade the pattern for you. If it is just one size up or down, we will do this free of charge, but if it is more then there may be a small fee.

Max in a class: 8

Teacher: Kate Underwood, Julie Johnston, Layla Totah

Price: £99

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For further information on our classes (including how to get to us and our cancellation policy) see our Class FAQs page.

Islington Dates:

Session: Saturday 21st September, 10:00-17:00, Fully Booked!

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