Ultimate Culottes PDF Sewing Pattern

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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.

See what other people have been making in the Ultimate Culottes gallery.

Sewing Level
The Ultimate Culottes is an advanced beginner sewing pattern. We recommend you have experience of inserting an invisible zip.

Fabric Suggestions
For the Ultimate Culottes you’ll need a light to medium weight woven fabric, ideally with a good amount of drape. We recommend crepe (double and triple crepe in particular), suiting, lightweight wool, peachskin, rayon, linen and viscose linen. You could also try a plisse or lightweight velvet for a super on-trend look. With minimal interruptions, there’s lots of opportunity to make a statement with a bold print, yet they also look striking and classic in a solid colour.

Lisa’s versions are made in triple crepe (navy) and lightweight crepe (polka dots).

Fabric Requirements
The Ultimate Culottes PDF sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
  • fully-photographed printable instruction booklet
  • imperial/metric conversion size chart

The Ultimate Culottes pattern is either 32 A4/US letter pages, or 2 A0 copyshop pages.

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!