Short culottes with belt – Free sewing pattern download PDF

This culotte is a breezy and comfortable summer outfit piece. It has an elastic waist, a belt, and side pockets for functionality. Designed for linen, its baggy fit makes it an easy to sew project, and we provide a free PDF sewing pattern for it!

** 1 cm seam allowance included **


  • 125 x 150 cm of linen, double gauze or viscose fabric
  • All-purpose thread
  • Universal needle
  • Roughly 1 m of knitted elastic (2.5 cm wide)
  • Safety pin
  • Loop turner

Sizing guide

This pattern is drafted according to the following body measurements. Standard height is 1.64 m.

Bust85 cm89 cm93 cm99 cm105 cm113 cm121 cm
Waist64 cm68 cm72 cm78 cm84 cm92 cm100 cm
Hips92 cm96 cm100 cm106 cm112 cm120 cm128 cm
Finished garment measurements
  • Rise (bottom of crotch to waist): approx. 31 cm
  • Inseam (bottom of crotch to hem): 10 cm


First, be sure to use ACROBAT READER to open your PDF sewing patterns. It’s free!

Then, open your file and check on the left side of the screen for the LAYERS icon. Click on the icon and uncheck all the sizes you won’t need.

Now, click on the PRINT icon at the top of the screen. The print settings will appear, so check that the ACTUAL SIZE option is ticked. Click on the PRINT button!

A 5 x 5 cm (and 2 x 2 in) control square is provided so you can check that your pattern is true to size.

To assemble, cut each sheet along the bottom and right margins, as indicated. Each sheet is labelled with a letter and a number (A1, B2…), so tape them together following the numerical and alphanumerical order. All the sheets within one row have the same letter, and all the sheets within the same column has the same letter.


Reminder that seam allowances are 1 cm wide, unless stated otherwise.

  1. Attach the pocket linings to the front pieces.
  2. Sew the front and back legs together at the side and inseams.
  3. Sew the legs together at the crotch.
  4. Assemble and press the waistband (folded lengthwise).
  5. Sew the waistband to the garment, leaving an opening for the elastic (catch also the pocket linings when sewing).
  6. Topstitch the waistband 3 cm above the waist seam, to create a casing for the elastic.
  7. Use the safety pin to thread the elastic inside the casing, through the opening you left previously. Overlap the ends by 2 cm and sew in place (rectangle stitch or zigzag stitch). Close the opening.
  8. Make the belt loops (turn to right side with the loop turner) and cut the two pieces in three to get six belt loops.
  9. Fold the belt loop ends 1 cm in and place on the right side of the garment, according to markings. Edge-stitch the ends.
  10. Make the belt.
  11. Hem the bottom of the legs (turn once 3 cm)


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