Added Jul 19, 2012
I am learning to sew from my designer husband (clothesmaker, here on Burda Style) and really wanted to learn how to make leggings. He measured me, made me a pattern out of cotton, handed it to me and said “cut out two and sew them together”. This was one one of the first pairs I made.
I actually enlisted several friends to let me take their measurements, see if I could successfully draft the pattern and make leggings for them. I’ve gotten to the point that I can make a pair (with a pattern) in about 30 – 45 minutes from start to finish. A few things I’ve learned:
- you have to cut the fabric on the grain. I didn’t do that with the pair shown so one leg is like 1-1/2" shorter than the other (hence the strategically angled diva pose)
- you have to stretch the fabric as you stitch so that there is some give. Otherwise, when you put them on and take them off, the threads will pop.
- if working with 4-way stretch, cut it a little smaller (depending upon how much stretch there is to the fabric and expecially if you want your leggings to fit like tights.
I’m considering doing a little line of “crazy leggs” for the fall. I’ll keep you updated!!
a yard of spandex, elastic in width of your choice. I like 2-1/2".
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