Oh, how we love our leggings! They’ve become a staple in our wardrobes and it seems like we can never have too many pairs. And, then there’s leggings for the littles in our lives, too. Solids, prints, dressy or athletic – the leggings wardrobe costs can quickly stack up. So, since they’re easy to sew, that means its time to make your own!
- Coats and Clark’s dreamy, new Eloflex Thread is perfect for all your sewing machine stitching! When the directions say “use a small zigzag”, you can use a straight stitch, still have stretch in your stitch plus a smooth seam line and hem. Use it in your bobbin, too!
- Ball point or Stretch Needles like those made by Schmetz will prevent horrifying holes along your seams. The ball point gently pushes the fibers apart rather than piercing them as a sharp point will.
- Fabric with the right percentage of stretch makes the difference between “fabulously comfortable” and “woah, these are tight”. Click here to learn an accurate method for checking stretch in my Swimwear post.
- Make your leggings assembly super easy-peasy by following the steps in the Sew Can She Basic Leggings post. You’ll be sew glad you learned Caroline’s method!
So Sew Easy Leggings Pattern & Tutorial
You’re going to love this tutorial! Deby of the So Sew Easy blog includes everything you need to know to draft and sew your own personalized pair of fabulous easy-peasy leggings. The information on measurements, custom styling, fit and fabric choice is thorough and truly excellent. Deby’s tutorial also includes an amazing, downloadable spreadsheet that enables you to accurately calculate how to draft your customized pattern. Click here, take a break and read through Deby’s post before you start – you’ll be glad you did!
Cal Patch’s Self Drafted Leggings
On the Etsy Journal blog, I found a really marvelous tutorial written by designer and author, Cal Patch. You’ll find outstanding, detailed measurement instructions that will be helpful for other projects as well as your easy-peasy leggings. Cal includes great tips for getting the fit you want and easy-to-follow steps for drafting your pattern . She also suggests making a sample pair, or “muslin”. Since leggings are a close fitting garment that you want to be comfy, this is a great idea. Click here for Cal’s tutorial!
Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs
If you’d rather not draft your own pattern, then Patterns for Pirates is the place to go. Although most of the P4P designs are available for purchase, the Peg Legs leggings pattern can be downloaded for free. It’s a great fit for everyone and includes sizes XXS – 3X along with well-written step-by-step instructions. There are four length variations offered in the pattern and a no elastic waistband is part of the design. Click here for the Peg Legs 101 blog post to learn more.
Basic Leggings for Girls
Caroline of the Sew Can She blog has made hundreds of pairs of leggings, so she knows what she’s doing! More than just a tutorial for Caroline’s pattern, it’s a great course in how to make any pair of leggings. You’ll love her assembly method that includes stitching the legs first and the crotch seam last. It’s the way I’ve done pull-on pants for years and the only way to go. Click here for the Basic Leggings for Girls pattern and tutorial.
Toddler Ruffle Skirt & Leggings Combo
If you’re looking for adorable, Remona, The Stitching Scientist has the perfect leggings for your toddler girl! What could be better than a super-cute ruffly skirt conveniently attached to easy-peasy leggings?! Remona’s simple tutorial includes an easy way to create ruffle strips and instructions for using a purchased pair of leggings as your pattern. The ruffle strips are quick and unhemmed since knits don’t unravel! Click here for the tutorial on the Stitching Scientist blog.
Baby Got Back Leggings
Here’s a fabulous idea – easy-to-make leggings that fit well over cloth diapers! Lauren of Baste + Gather designed these little leg coverings with a scoop front for tummy comfort and a back panel with plenty of room for fluffy diapers. You’ll find lots of options in the wonderful e-book Lauren has included along with great fitting and stitching directions. Options include a faux fly front, appliques and ruffles. It takes just ½ to ¾ yard of fabric for this adorable design for sizes 0 to 2T. You’re going to have a lot of fun with this one – click here for the post!
Are you ready to create an amazing wardrobe of leggings for you and your littles? Pick your pattern, purchase your fabric and Eloflex thread and you’ll have a “leg up” on sewing your own easy-peasy comfort and style!