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Easy peasy leggings

My daughter S is in the 7th grade. In her PE class, girls are divided into groups, they decide on movements they use in 5 minutes, choreograph a dance using only those movements. They also get to choose a costume. S’s group chose “80’s style” and each girl will wear different color of shirt, leggings, and tutu. S is assigned “light blue”. S, a frugal girl, chose to wear a blue printed t-shirt inside-out. Still she needs tutu and leggings. 

We at first looked for one on wal-mart but there wasn’t. So we decided to make and headed for JoAnn. We found a nice leggings and jacket pattern from McCall’s, but I knew  on Dec 4, McCall’s pattern will go on sale. So we bought swimsuit fabric, tulle and elastic a and went home.

Then I started searching for a pattern and came across this wonderful page!

This page provides YouTube video to explain how to measure for leggings, an Excel spreadsheet to automatically calculate numbers needed for drafting based on each person’s measurement, and how to draft a pattern. So I took advantage of it and draft a pattern.


 Then I set to sew. I was so lazy that I didn’t want to cover stitch the hem. The conversion between the regular overlock and cover stitch is so cumbersome. Without hem, I sewed crotch and inseam, adding a stay tape in the crotch. 

Wow, it fits perfectly! Of course the fact that I used swimsuit fabric helped a bit. But how few those passage of seams and I’m almost done! But because it is so tight fitting, she refused to pose for photo.

I installed an elastic by zigzag and that’s it. For costume, that’s good enough. And I think she will be able to use that as a warm-up during gymnastics practice. I even made a matching hairband.  I see lots of stretch jersey headband recently.

I’m not sure if I will wear leggings, but I don’t have to buy a pattern! I’m impressed how easy it was to draft.






Comments on: "Easy peasy leggings" (2)

  1. Thanks so much for trying out my tutorial on how to draft your own custom fit leggings. Its not at all difficult, right!
    Shame she wouldn’t pose for a picture. Maybe once she has on the whole outfit.


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