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Born Again Leggings

Added Oct 15, 2009

by pixelink

Hobart, Australia






The name says it all… I revived an old dress which would now be over 13 years old, I wore this dress throughout my three pregnancies and couldn’t bare to throw it out even though it had many holes and the lycra was losing some of its shape!! The original dress had antique gold lycra as the base with a sheer stretch floral fabric, not sure what this is made from. My leggings are shorter than the pattern, due to insufficient fabric. Must say this pattern is wonderful, so easy and definitely worth the download.

Material Notes

Bottom layer is lycra, guessing the top is a sheer stretch elastine (?)




Garment Type

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    Mar 3, 2010, 12.10 AMby rachelily


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    Mar 2, 2010, 12.17 AMby Louise Player

    Lovely! there isn’t enough patterned leggins around.. I love the upcycling too! I’m sold on this pattern now.. thanks for the story.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.14 PMby agnarogn

    wow – love the fabric and the colors ;)

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    Dec 1, 2009, 08.22 AMby kat21

    I have been thinking about getting this pattern to make my own leggings. For $2 I think it is definately worth it cause I wear leggings like 90% of the time during the cooler months. Your leggings have definately sold me on the pattern. They are really nice! Love the lace. Were they easy to make?

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      Dec 2, 2009, 03.37 AMby pixelink

      super quick and easy, I have made quite a few different styles in this pattern, my only recommendation is to choose your sizing well, I made a size S in lycra and have found them to be hard getting on, looks great though as keeps everything firmly in place!!

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    Nov 21, 2009, 04.01 PMby zozowahine

    These are so nice! I haven’t been a fan of leggings, but I’m starting to come round to the idea. Your version are screaming to me ‘YES! Leggings can look AMAZING’! It’s so nice that you have upcycled them from an existing garment that has nice memories for you, it would be a shame to let those go.

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    Nov 1, 2009, 01.33 AMby luvhouston

    Thanks for the story on the leggings. I admired them when looking at your skirt project. I’m amazed that they were made from an old dress. The are really lovely.

    Guess what? Elastane, Lycra® and spandex are pretty much the same thing. Lycra® is the original fabric, developed by DuPont. The others are later generations of the stretch fiber, just made by different companies.

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      Nov 2, 2009, 05.30 AMby pixelink

      WOW, thanks for your comment and the interesting facts on Lycra ;0)

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    Oct 17, 2009, 01.52 AMby arete999

    Love it!!!!

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    Oct 16, 2009, 08.10 AMby lybu

    OMG. They are super cool !

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    Oct 15, 2009, 10.37 PMby loyl8

    Very cute!!! I love the flowers on them and your reuse of textile great job!!:)

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    Oct 15, 2009, 08.20 PMby ruskisoldato

    i gasped when i saw these. love the story and love the result.

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    Oct 15, 2009, 05.35 PMby smallone

    if there were a best upcycle contest you would win hands down! …..saw these under the skirt you have listed and though “great leggings wonder where she bought those” thought they were probably designer. nice work, and I like the shorter length too goes well with the fabric and looks great on you!

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      Oct 15, 2009, 08.32 PMby pixelink

      Thanks, I only decided on making the leggings to go with the skirt at last minute, that’s how quick and easy this pattern is, there’s only 1 piece in the pattern and took about 40 mins to cut and make!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 02.48 PMby lala86

    the best leggins so far!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 01.07 PMby lovelypolly

    they look so good!! p.s.: you’ve got 3 children!?!? wow, I pray I will have your shape when i am maybe one day in this situation!

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      Oct 15, 2009, 08.16 PMby pixelink

      Thanks, I’d love to take the credit for the body, but the model is my 13 year old daughter in these images. I don’t do leggings alone, need something to cover my bum!!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 01.00 PMby Jodi Wade

    love them!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 07.55 AMby ichigogirl

    I love it all (story, concept, result)!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 07.19 AMby emlj

    love it!!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 06.53 AMby imnotyrbabe

    Nice Pick! Great work ^^

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    Oct 15, 2009, 05.39 AMby missymay


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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.45 AMby marlorcor

    Wow these leggings are so chic and patterned legs are so in right now!! Good work, love the asymetrical-ness :D

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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.11 AMby lunatepetal

    these are so AWESOME!!

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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.05 AMby mayadaughterofsun

    Looks great on you! I like this asymmetrical pattern. I wish to make one of these, not sure how it would be without using a serger, thou.

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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.01 AMby ginasophia

    brilliant! very trendy and yet sentimental. And what is that base color? does it have a tinge of gold? It looks like a fun neutral.. I think I may steal some inspiration from you

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      Oct 15, 2009, 03.21 AMby pixelink

      yes, a very light gold colour which goes well with the black overlay, thanks for your comment!

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