1 yard of fabric
22 inches of 1 inch elastic
basic sewing materials
First, I took a pair of her culottes and made my own pattern out of it. Here are the dimensions that I used:
Basically you want to start out with a rectangle. Measure in 8 inches from the top and make a mark. Measure 6.5 inches down and make a mark. Now you are going to cut a "J" (this is the crotch). Bottom notch is similar. Measure 3 inches up from the bottom and make a mark and measure 5.5 inches from the left and make a mark. Cut an angle. This is part of the bottom of the culottes.
Waistband. You will want a total of two pieces.
You have a total of two pieces. This will be the skirt/short part.
This is what it looks like when you turn it right side out.
Now, pin the two legs together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam- this will be the crotch part. Set these aside for now.
Onto the waistband. You should have two pieces.
Place right side together and sew along the short sides (6.5 inches) and create a tube.
Now we are going to create the tube for the elastic. Fold down 1.5 inches, and then fold the raw edge under another 1/4 inch to create a tube for the elastic.
Sew right on the edge of the bottom fold. Make sure to leave a space to thread your elastic through. Set this aside for now.
Now, make sure your waistband matches up to your culottes (you may need to adjust your pleat sizes) and then place your waistband over the culottes (right sides together), pin and sew together.
When you are done, it will look like this.
I topstich the waistband into place. It looks cleaner to me.
Now, time to thread your elastic into the waistband. Sew together elastic and then sew the opening shut.
On to the hem. Make this whatever size you need too. Mine ended up being 1/4 inch hem.
I made four culottes in a span of two days.
A good view of the shorts part.
See how it resembles a skirt when layed out.
That little cut out in the leg helps the hem stay all the same length and makes it look like a skirt. Without it, that piece hangs lower than the rest of the hem.
This is my first tutorial and I apologize in advance for anything that doesn't make sense. Please ask me any questions.