Okay, I don't know whether you would technically call these culottes or palazzo pants, but I made myself a pair of comfortable summer appropriate work pants using New Look 6459.
I did a lot of research before buying this pattern because this type of pants is not really suited to a 8 shaped short woman. The reason I chose New Look 6459 was because they legs were not too wide and the front sat flat with no pleats or obstructions. Despite all of my careful research I did think that this may end in failure especially after starting the wearable muslin you see now. In fact I had already thrown the whole thing in the corner in disgust but I just couldn't shake the idea of wearing this style of pants. I rescued them, let them out a bit and shortened them and hey presto I actually like them!
I made them up in some op shop navy suiting that has been in my stash in abundance for quite some time. I even perfected my invisible zip sewing in the process. This was out of necessity rather than desire. I think I may have put that darn thing in and ripped it out 3-4 times before I was happy. I still have a little work to do though because that pesky zip has come unstitched at the bottom with constant wear.
Now these may not be the most attractive of styles on anyone but I really do love the resulting pants. So much so that I have since made a second pair. I also have a hankering for a third in linen but I really don't know whether I could handle all of those wrinkles!