This post is written in response to a comment from happymama who asked if I knew of a good culotte pattern.
When I used to make culottes for my girls I most often used the walking shorts pattern from Birch Street Clothing. The "Walking Shorts with 30-second pockets" pattern is quite easy to make once you figure out the pocket instructions. The pattern comes in children's sizes, girls' sizes, and ladies' sizes. The girls and ladies' patterns have more flair to the legs than the children's pattern, and the legs can be lengthened as long or as short as you want. To get more fullness through the hips I would sometimes make a larger size than usual and then just fit the elastic to the recipient's waist.
Now days my older girls don't wear culottes. Some days, though, you can find Ellen wearing some that I had made years ago for the older girls.