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
- Dark pencil or marker
- Flexible tape measure
- Calculator (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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