Butterick Culottes B6178


The Butterick B6178 culottes sewing pattern, it’s perfect for an advanced beginner dressmaker. These culottes have waistband, side pockets and back zipper. A, B and C: Pleat variations. D: Semi-fitted.
Designed for lightweight to medium-weight woven fabrics.
FABRICS: Linen, Challis, Denim, Broadcloth.
*With Nap. **Without Nap.
Unsuitable for obvious diagonals.
NOTIONS: One 7″ Zipper and Hook & Eye.
Combinations: A5(6-8-10-12-14), E5(14-16-18-20-22)

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format only.
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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Sewing level


Make time

All day

Pattern format

PAPER A5 (6 – 14), PAPER E5 (14 – 22)

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    The Slither And Hiss Of Silk – Did You Make That?Did You Make That?

    […] 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 […]

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    5 out of 5 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. I’m sure I’ll be adding another pair to my summer wardrobe this year!

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    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.

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    Butterick culottes 6178


    I’ve made the B6178 culottes in View D a couple of times for me, once for a friend, and once as a part of a jumpsuit hack. It’s safe to say that it’s probably one of my favourite patterns. (And as a heads up, it’s free with this month’s Love Sewing Mag – May 2017).

    My latest version was made as a part of a wedding outfit, paired with this crazy ruffle blouse made from a vintage Prima Magazine pattern.

    The pattern is a really straightforward sew, with no fly fastening, just a zip at the back – I made this pair up over a couple of evenings, but could probably cram it into one if needed. I’ve found that each pair have looked a little different depending on my fabric choice. Something drapey always works well, but this time I chose a heavier weight brushed cotton, and it made for a really smart finish.

    I used petersham in the waistband of this pair to give it a firmer, more tailored finished and it’s worked out really well. The pattern doesn’t tell you to do this, I just gave it a go based on some of my recent experiments with trouser making.

    In terms of sizing, I always make a size 14 based on my measurements (I’m usually a size 10 in the shops, so definitely go with your measurements rather than the size you’re used to)!

    I’d definitely recommend giving the pattern a go. View D is a nice introduction to culottes if you’re not too sure they’d be your thing! There’s a full review and lots more pictures on my blog here: http://www.magnificentthread.com/2017/05/maximum-ruffles-pink-pairing.html

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