How to Make Culottes Out of a Jumper

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How to Make Culottes Out of a Jumper
A halter-style jumper can become a halter-style jumpsuit. (Darrin Klimek/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Make a jumper that stays down on an active little girl. She can hang upside down on the monkey bars without worrying about showing her panties. Turn a jumper into a jumpsuit with culotte legs. This conversion works for any jumper that you can step into from the top. If the jumper is knee length or longer, the bottom of the jumpsuit will look like culottes. A shorter jumper will become a short jumpsuit.

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Things you need

  • Pin
  • Tape measure
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread

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  1. 1

    Dress the child in the jumper. Pin front of the jumper skirt to the back just below crotch level. Have the child sit down to ensure the crotch is not too high for comfort. Adjust the pin until the crotch is at a comfortable height. Take off the jumper.

  2. 2

    Spread the jumper out flat on a table folded along the side seams.

  3. 3

    Use a tape measure to find the centre of the hem on both the front and back of the skirt. Mark these points with a pin.

  4. 4

    Measure across the width of the skirt to determine if the pin holding the skirt together is in the centre of both the front and back of the garment. Adjust the position of the pin until it is centred.

  5. 5

    Use a yard stick to cut a straight line from the centre of the hem to the pin at the crotch on both the front and back of the skirt. The cut edges will be the inseams of the legs.

  6. 6

    Turn the garment wrong-side out and pin the pant legs together along the inseam.

  7. 7

    Machine-stitch the inseams, with a 5/8-inch seam allowance, from the hem on one leg around the crotch to the hem on the other leg.

  8. 8

    Sew the seam again 4 inches on each side of the crotch to strengthen the seam.

  9. 9

    Clip the curve at the crotch by cutting through the seam allowance almost to the stitching.

  10. 10

    Finish the edges of the seam allowances with a zigzag stitch.

  11. 11

    Turn the jumper right-side out.

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