Winslow Culottes Elastic Waist

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Winslow Culottes Hack: Elastic Waist #2 – Adjusting the Rise

This is the second post in the Winslow Culottes hack series I am hosting this month. Earlier this week, I shared a simple elastic waist version of this pattern that is getting a ton of wear. Today I have a similar hack to share with a subtle detail, adjusting the rise.

You can grab the Winslow Culottes for 15% off using the code hackwinslow until the end of May, 2018.

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The Winslow Culottes have a low crotch to help create a skirt illusion with those big box pleats. For the elastic waisted version, we have taken some width off of the sides (see the full tutorial for this here) and the crotch can be more noticeably low. Today we will adjust the rise to shorten the depth of that crotch curve. I recommend shortening it 0.5″ – 1.5″. I shortened mine 1.5″ for this version and took 4″ off the sides as opposed to the 3″ that I did on the pink version. It is a subtle difference and I really like both versions. The blue ones fit just a bit better with this rise adjustment.

FAQ: Can I adjust the rise on the Winslow Culottes if I am making the original pattern?
Yes you can! As the rise shortens, the individual pant legs become more defined. This tutorial works for both the original pattern and this elastic waist hack.

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To adjust the rise, we first need to cut the front and back culotte pieces horizontally. Aim for the middle of the crotch curve when you cut.

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This simple hack can make a big difference! I love the higher crotch curve on this version and would do it again on future elastic waist hacks of this pattern.

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Next up in this series, we have a wrap pant hack! I am having so much fun creating these hack versions and I hope you consider making some of them, too.

You can grab the Winslow Culottes for 15% off using the code hackwinslow until the end of May, 2018!

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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

5 Comments on “Winslow Culottes Hack: Elastic Waist #2 – Adjusting the Rise”

  1. Very timely!!! I’ve been thinking how to get more wear out of the second pair of winslows I made (after I gave away the first!) last summer… and I’d been wondering if I’d wear themmore with a shorter rise! I’d been thinking of taking off the waistband and resewing it with an inch or two of height taken out… but now you’ve got me thinking that I might just love them more as elastic waist pants! Hmmmm… Hmmmm… thanks for getting me thinking!

  2. Hi Helen, Beginner sewer here (I’ve made four pieces of clothing so far)! Does your calculation from ‘How to shorten/lengthen the rise on arden pants’ apply for these pants as well. I’m 5.0″ with a shorter torso (I think). I’d like the hem to fall at half-calf length which is shorter than View C. By that Arden calculation I need to remove 1.5″ from the rise and the pant leg? Where it says lengthen or shorten here do I cut away 1.5″ above that or below it? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Lynhea,

      Great question! You do use the same calculation here. Since you are 6″ shorter than the pattern was drafted for, you want to remove 3″ (half the amount). 1.5″ in the leg (which you can take up at the hem since the pattern legs are straight) and 1.5″ in the rise (crotch). You want to cut along the L/S lines and then overlap the pieces in whatever way makes it easiest to ‘True Up’ the crotch curve after.

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