Butterick Culottes B6178

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Buy the B6178 Culottes sewing pattern from Butterick. It’s perfect for an advanced beginner dressmaker. Culottes have waistband, side pockets and back zipper. A, B and C: pleat variations. D: semi-fitted.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following format:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

Suggested fabrics: Linen, Challis, Denim, Broadcloth.

Note: Extra fabric maybe needed to match plaids, stripes, one-way design fabrics or shrinkage.

Sizing: A5 (6-8-10-12-14), E5 (14-16-18-20-22), which is approx. UK sizes A5 (4/6 – 10), E5 (10 – 18/20) based on our standardised size chart. Please also check the designer's size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread. One 7" Zipper and Hook & Eye.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Butterick Culottes B6178 review

I've paired this version with another make of the B6178 in black wool suiting bought from eBay. It's really great quality, though a tiny bit scratchy.

Probably my most successful Big 4 make!

I usually avoid Big 4 patterns due to the bizarre sizing and sparse instructions, but I'd seen a few pairs of these crop up on Instagram and managed to nab the pattern for a couple of quid in a de-stash. I usually wear a UK 8-10 but my measurements put me between a 12 and 14. Knowing that Big 4 patterns tend to come up large, I made the size 12 and they fit perfectly.

I made view D which just has front and back darts. I like the more voluminous versions I've seen, but I used a medium/heavy-weight twill from my stash and thought they'd be a bit bulky with extra pleats. I don't totally love how the in-seam pockets sit as the hips are quite fitted, and I'd be tempted to switch these for front pockets next time.

Overall, these were a quick sew and they fit well. (Edited to add: The back waistband and the pockets gape a lot and I would alter both of these next time). I'm sure I'll be adding another pair to my summer wardrobe this year!

Butterick culottes 6178

I made view D - fitted around the waist and towards the hip, but has wide and flowy legs.

I shortened the crotch after reading a couple of reviews saying it was too long. I'm only 5"2, I didn't want to risk it. I also did a flat seat adjustment a la StyleArc, I need that on all trousers.

I omitted the waistband and used facings instead. I didn't have enough fabric for a continuous waistband. I was going to draft a curved waistband but got lazy and traced facings. Facings are more comfortable anyway.

I didn't put pockets in because the pocket piece goes all the way to the waist and that works better with a band, not facings. Also, I didn't have any matching lining fabric.

I like the shape of these culottes, they are quite full considering there are no pleats / gathers at the top. I prefer them to a skirt, I don't have to worry when running after they boys or sitting down or any other situation where a wide skirt could become indecent.