After receiving many comments from our readers asking to show a tutorial on how to make a pair of culottes we have decided to do just that- so here is a simple tutorial on how to make a pair of culottes in magnificent black linen.’ We have changed the pocket designs a little from the this tutorial, but have taken certain elements that have received positive response and incorporated into this tutorial. We hope you enjoy making this as much as we did.
2 yards of IL019 Black Softened
Matching sewing thread
Pattern master, pattern paper
Paper scissors, fabric scissors
Fabric marker, pins, tape measure
Elastic, Safety pin
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, let this dry in room temperature.
1. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with
3. Use a serger, or choose your own method to protect the seams from fraying. Make sure the method you choose does not add weight to the fabric.
4. Pin the ‘Pocket Panel 2′ to’ the front trouser panel at the curve. Stitch together and press open.
5. Make small snippets along the wrong side of the curve to allow easy movement of the fabric when folded back to the right side.
6. Pin the side the bottom seas of the two pocket panels together. Stitch the seam together at the given seam allowance.
7. Pin together the outer side seam of the trousers. Stitch along the long seam and press it open.
8. Next, pin together’ the inner seam of the trousers. Stitch along seam and press open.
9. With one trouser leg on its right side, fit it into the other trouser leg and pin together at the curve. Stitch along this curve and press it open.
10. Pin one side seam of the waistband together. Stitch it and press open. Leave the other side seam as this will be where you will fit the elastic band through at the end.
11. Fold the waistband in half and press it. Then, press the seam allowance of the waistband onto its wrong side.
12. Pin the waistband onto the trousers. Making sure the side seams are matched up.
13. Stitch along. We will now divide the waistband into two halves so that we can feed two identical elastic bands to sit at the waist.’ Make a mark along the middle of the waistband and stitch along this line as shown below (the stitch is quite faint, but you can see it if you look closely). Make sure that both of your’ elastic bands will fit through’ the two openings in the waist band.
14. Attach the elastic to a safety pin and feed it through the waistband. Join the elastic together once it’s threaded through the whole way.
15. Repeat the same for the second elastic band.
16. Using a sewing needle, hand stitch together the opening of the waistband. Making sure it doesn’t catch onto the elastic band.
17. Fold the seam allowance of the trouser hem onto its wrong side and top stitch over this. Press.