Winslow Culottes PDF

Helens Closet


Buy the Winslow Culottes sewing pattern from Helen’s Closet. The Winslow Culottes are wide-legged pants designed for ultimate comfort and style. This pattern can be made at any length, from shorts to full-length palazzo pants! The design features inseam pockets, an invisible zipper, a waistband, and inverted box pleats. Make midi-length culottes in Tencel twill for a chic, modern look, shorts in cotton lawn for active adventures, or pants in rayon challis for luxurious weekend wear.

What we think: These are not only chic, they are actually a pretty simple make. Helen has great instructions to guide you every step of the way. They’ve been made by so many people in the sewing community and all have raved about them. Go for it!

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium weight woven fabrics with plenty of drape, such as rayon challis, viscose poplin, crepe dé chine, lightweight linen, and Tencel twill. Views A and B work well with both fluid and slightly structured fabrics. For the longer lengths (Views C and D), a lighter weight fabric with plenty of drape is strongly recommended.

Fabric requirements: 
57″ (150 cm) wide fabric:
View A (shorts), 1.4 – 2.3 yards (1.3 – 2.1 m) // View B (above-the-knee), 1.6 – 2.6 yards (1.5 – 2.4 m) // View C (culottes), 2.1 – 3.3 yards (1.9 – 3 m) // View D (palazzo pants), 2.6 – 3.6 yards (2.4 – 3.3 m).

45″ (115 cm) wide fabric (sizes 0-24 only):
View A (shorts), 1.7 – 2.6 yards (1.6 – 2.4 m) // View B (above-the-knee), 2 – 3 yards (1.8 – 2.7 m) // View C (culottes), 2.5 – 3.9 yards (2.3 – 3.6 m) // View D (palazzo pants), 2.8 – 5 yards (2.6 – 4.6 m).

Sizing: 0 – 30 (approx. UK 6 – 30). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: 9″ (22 cm) invisible zipper; 55″ x 10″ (140 cm x 25 cm) lightweight interfacing; thread.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: This pattern is designed to print on A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″), letter (8.5″ X 11″), or A0 (33.1″ x 46.8″) sized paper. A comprehensive instruction booklet is included.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe


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, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56, UK 30 / US 26 / EU 58

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate

Make time

All day, Half a day

PDF Printing

45 Pages

Pattern format


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    5 out of 5 Very Versatile Winsloes


    This is the first time I’ve made one of Helen’s patterns and I’m thrilled with how they have turned out. They are a very wearable toile and I’ve worn them at least half a dozen times since I made them a fortnight ago. I’ve worn them casually for a family picnic (pictured), a sewing marathon at TeesCreatives, dressed up with sparkly heals for cocktails and smartly for the office. I’ve been really pleased at how versatile they have been. Perhaps I’m finally starting to realise that versatile separates are the way to go.
    You can read a more in depth review on my new blog here:

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    4 out of 5 It only took me 5 years to make trousers!!!


    Pattern Description:
    Palazzo style pants with front and back inverted pleats and a centre back zip with waistband.

    Pattern Sizing:

    Helen’s Closet patterns go from size 0 to size 30.

    I made a size 26, which was one size lower than recommended for my waist measurement.

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

    very much so

    Were the instructions easy to follow?

    Yes – I’d give this company kudos for their instructions, they go over and above what is expected.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

    I made two pairs and on the first pair which I did not alter from the pattern, the crotch hung very low.

    I loved how well they fitted at the waist.

    Fabric Used:

    Cotton lawn for my toile, and silk crepe in the picture. Also – about 5 metres for my first pair (length down to my ankles) and 3.5 metres for my second pair which went just below my knees.

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

    I made a toile up in a size 28 as per my measurements with no changes to the pattern. The waist was far too loose and the crotch hung very low.

    I made the second pair up in a size 26 (which was 1 inch too small based on my measurements but given the 28 was far too big I guessed this would be okay).

    I also took the curve up by 1.5 inches and this was a mistake as the culottes then didnt drape like a skirt as they should.

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

    I probably wont make them again as they are not my style. I would very much recommend them to others, particularly as an entry to pant making.


    This was my first pant pattern that I have made for myself and I put it off for five years! The pants didnt come out perfect due to my own modifications but they are certainly wearable. The pattern itself is very good and well drafted and I would encourage you to give these a go.

    If you’d like to see a more detailed review of my experience click this link:
    Review of Winslow Culottes by Helen’s Closet on Youtube

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    5 out of 5


    Sew in love with my Winslow’s. I never thought floaty midi length culottes would be my thing but they most definitely are.

    The patten comes with so many options and Helen has so many hacks available on her blog that you will be sorted for life.

    A really easy and satisfying sew. I just about squeezed view C out of 1.5m (minus the pockets and shortening by 4 inch) but I did manage to pattern match the centre from seam and front pleats, yes! I love the elasticated back hack as it means the front waistband is flat adding no extra unnecessary bulkiness and you have room to eat a huge lunch! The Winslow’s can be dressed up or down making them a perfect wardrobe staple.

    I have plans for the short version with the paper bag hack and more midi length ones is block colours.

    This is one of my versions using ex designer peach skin from Sew Me Sunshine.

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    5 out of 5


    I think this pattern is a winner! It is well drafted, the instructions are clear, and the designer also provides a gazillion options/tutorials for hacking! I made mine in view B (just above the knee length) with elastic back hack and slash pockets – the tutorials can be found on Helen’s Closet’s blog. The fabric I used is viscose challis and I used about 1.5m, though for the pocket bags I had to use scrap fabric. The only thing I did differently is the waistband in order to hide the raw edges and avoid zigzag finish. More details on how I did it can be found on my blog

    Oh, I also purchased the pattern from The Fold Line. Thank you Kate and Rachel for making it easier for us (me) to get patterns from non UK designers – I don’t like dealing with odd pricing due to conversion rates 😀

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    5 out of 5 Helen's Closet Winslow Culottes


    I absolutely love these culottes. I chose some nice flowing fabric with good drape and they turned out so well. I definitely recommend this pattern. Her instructions are amazing!! Here is my vlog below where I talk about the pattern and review it. I also explain a good waistband tip and have a bit of dancing in my fancy pants! I also have my blog linked down below which talks about things in more detail!
    instagram: @victorialucilleanne

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    Winslow culottes


    This was a swift, easy and satisfying make with really flattering results. Easy to fit, cut and sew, highly recommended if you like the style. Very fun for swishing about in and showing off vintage-style tops. Read more on my blog:

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    Winslow culottes


    I really enjoyed this pattern though as it has minimal pieces and I am beginning to love PDF patterns as I don’t have to trace them out and they seem much easier to store than rolled up grease proof paper!

    There are 4 pieces for the ‘legs’ and a waist band, two pockets and a zip. So a nice easy sew really. I’ve never really made trousers before that have looked suitable for wearing outside the house!

    I love these culottes as they were so comfy all day at the wedding, I could dance and move around not worrying about skirts exposure, and they still looked formal enough for the wedding.

    I think I am going to make myself a long pair of these for the summer as the waist band hit me at a really nice ‘high wasted’ point perfect with baggy tops. Made in crepe they will lovely and floaty for the summer too. I think I may experiment in a thinner cotton too for some for work as the shape really suits the shape of my body.

    I really do recommend trying out the Winslow culottes!

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