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Crazy Leggs

Added Jul 19, 2012

by Traci Adedeji

Rochester, Unite...




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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!!

Material Notes

a yard of spandex, elastic in width of your choice. I like 2-1/2".




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Ethnic, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Grunge, Mod, Other, Punk, Rock, Romantic, Steampunk
Knits/Jersey, Other, Polyester



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    Jul 22, 2012, 08.42 AMby freakusbzzz

    Enjoy your sewing adventure

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    Jul 19, 2012, 09.44 PMby Anrob

    No craziness there…lol. Very nice.

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    Jul 19, 2012, 08.10 PMby SassyT

    They look fabulous. I have a leggings pattern in my pattern wishlist.

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      Jul 21, 2012, 10.31 AMby Traci Adedeji

      Sassy, I can probably give you instructions to draft one yourself. I was shocked at how easy it was. All you need is some paper (or fabric), your measurement, a couple of rulers (a yardstick and a hip curve), a pencil (or some chalk) and you’re in there!

      We (i.e. – my husband) teaches sewing at our studio (hence the reason I’m learning to sew) so I will have him give me the proper verbiage to use and post instructions to draft the pattern on this project on the condition that if you try it, you let me know how you made out.

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      Jul 23, 2012, 09.19 PMby freaky-philomeen

      Dear ladies, Sassy and Traci…I do not want to cross your plans but since I found this one just a few days ago …


      enjoy ;))

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    Jul 19, 2012, 02.34 PMby Mary Athey

    Love these and how lucky r u having a husband whos a designer.i.m expecting lots more from you lol x

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      Jul 19, 2012, 02.48 PMby Traci Adedeji

      Thanks, Mary. It only took 10 years for me to buckle down and learn! I’ve made a few other things I’m a little proud of. He loves BurdaStyle so I’m looking forward to sharing and learning from everyone else here. Have a great day!!

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    Jul 19, 2012, 01.48 PMby Traci Adedeji

    My first project posting on BurdaStyle! __

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