Directions for Box Pleat Culottes

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Culottes are a loosefitting pant that offer comfort and ease while enjoying outdoor activities. Although adding box pleats can seem challenging, this silhouette detail gives the culotte a skirtlike appearance. By following a basic pattern-making formula, you will be able to add box pleats to your culotte design and pattern.

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Things you need

  • Culotte pattern
  • Pattern paper
  • Pencil
  • Dark pencil or marker
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Trace your culotte pattern onto pattern paper. Do not cut it out. Place all necessary seam allowance and notch points on your pattern with a dark pencil or marker. Keep your original pattern for future reference.

  2. 2

    Measure your waist. Divide the measurement by two. For example, if your waist measures 36 inches, you will use an 18-inch front waist specification.

  3. 3

    Find your box pleat placement spec by multiplying your waist measurement by 1.5. For example, for an 18-inch waist, when multiplied by the formula 1.5, your measurement is 27 inches.

  4. 4

    Divide the measurement of 27 inches into four parts, which will give you a 6-3/4-inch spec. Your first pleat will be placed 6-3/4 inches from your waist's side seam. Mark each pleat on your pattern for each leg with your dark pencil.

    You can add a second pleat by dividing 6-3/4 inches by three. Your second pleat placement will be approximately 2-1/4 inches apart.

  5. 5

    Make a slash line with your ruler to designate the pleat insert length on your pattern. Cut the slash line open with your scissors. For example, for a 3-inch-deep pleat, slash your pleat line 3 inches.

  6. 6

    Place another sheet of pattern paper under the slit opening. Spread the slit approximately 2-1/2 inches wide and tape it to your bottom sheet.

  7. 7

    Divide the slit's width in half. Your pleat depth will be 1-1/4 inches.

    You can also fold the pleat to test the look and position on your pattern paper prior to cutting your project materials.

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