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We can sew our way out of this! Been doing that for over forty years (my momma started me early). I am most interested in functional and efficient patterns that can be made up quickly that result ...

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Culotta Folda

from Ernie K Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Culotta Folda
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • sew a straight line

Pattern Description:

I wanted more culottes. Drapier, more swagger. And don't they tell you to be the change you want to see in the world? Weeks of testing and experimentation in Ernie K Labs brings this pleatyful beauty.

This pattern as drafted will make a culotte skirt for a 40" or less hip that is 27" long with a one inch hem. It will take three (3) yards of 44" or wider fabric, and a length of 1 1/4" elastic (nonroll) 1" shorter than your waist measurement.

The model was made with cotton sheeting; drapier fabrics would be great, but heavy fabric won't work.

To "skirtify", eliminate the crotch area and bring front and back seams straight down. This will make the pattern 4" narrower, and use only 2 2/3rds yards.

The pattern is cut such that the fabric will be crossgrain across the back, so stripe with care. Alteration spots are marked on the pattern layout guide, and suggestions are included. You can get wider, narrower and longer with no effort at all. But please, don't take away my pleatyness.

CulottaFolda c Ernie Designs / SK Mascis, designer 2013
All rights reserved. Not for reproduction for sale or distribution

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Fits a 40" hip, instructions for alteration included


  • 3 yrds 44"wide fabric
  • your waist measurement of 1 1/4" elastic

You Will Also Need:

  • Snacks!

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