First things first – we need to finish our pattern. Last week we drafted a great basic legging pattern but we need to add a few extras to this (like extra fabric for the hem and the waistband).
After that it’s all about sewing these leggings up.
I’ve been experimenting with sewing jersey lately and have found that sewing with a zigzag stitch set to the shortest length gets pretty decent results.
I’d also massively suggest using a fun print fabric. I’m really diggin’ how these leggings are coming out. OK, so maybe they’re not for wearing outside the house (or would you? I’m nowhere near brave enough) but I still love ’em!
Sew Your Own Leggings
Finishing off your pattern
You will need:
1. Measure the width of your elastic tape (how tall it will sit). Double this and add 1″. This will be the height of you waistband.
2. Extend your pattern by the height you measured in step 1. Draw a slightly slopping line across the top of the pattern.
3. Extend the bottom by 4″ (10 cm). This will create a nice deep hem.
4. Make sure the corners of the ankles and waist are square. This will help when it comes to sewing the pieces together.You won’t need a seam allowance since the fabric will stretch. You may want to adjust the seam allowance if you have really stretchy material.
Sewing up your leggings
You will need:
1. Lay your pattern on your fabric. You want the stretch of the fabric to be running from side to side so that it stretches around your thighs and hips.
Give your fabric a quick tug to check.Pin the pattern in place and cut. Repeat so you have two legging pieces.BTW You won’t need a seam allowance since the fabric will stretch.
3. Sew up the long edge using a 1/5″ (0.5cm) seam allowance. Stop when you get to the rise. this should be easy as the back and front rise don’t match as neatly as the long leg edge you just sewed.
You may want to adjust the seam allowance if you have really stretchy material. My fabric was pretty stretchy so I used a 1″ seam allowance. And it worked a treat.
6. Open up the rise on both leg tubes so they form an arc. Match the front and back rise for both leg tubes. Sew as one continuous arc with a 1/5″ (0.5cm) seam allowance.
7. With the right side facing out, the hem under by 1 cm. Turn under again and hem using a 1 cm seam allowance.