Unless you’ve been living under a rock in some unknown region of the world you’re well aware that 80s fashion is back in full force and with 80s fashion comes the super comfort of leggings. Leggings are perfect to be wear with just about everything and their versatility is compared to none.
Sometimes though there’s something to be said about basic black. Yes, black goes with everything and is the go to color for elegance but at the same time too much black can be just down right boring. With some many different colors and designs seen it today’s fashion, why not incorporate some fun and colorful leggings into your wardrobe? If you have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skill take a moment and visit your local fabric store like Joann Fabrics and pick up some really cool colorful stretchy fabric that has Lycra in it like a poly Lycra blend, Lycra blend jersey, cotton Lycra jersey, cotton Lycra blend or any stretchy knit and make your own!
This D.I.Y tutorial comes from Fashion Agony and although it’s from 2011 it’s still a great and versatile tutorial to use. Just click on through and see how to make your own unique leggings.
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What you need
What you need to begin with:
An old pair of leggings
Stretchy fabric plus an additional 20 cm or 8 in
Needle and Thread
Elastic band at least an inch wide
Make sure that you’re working on a completely flat surface to ensure that your material has no lumps or bumps. Fold the fabric in half and lay it on the table inside out.
Now it’s time to place your old leggings onto of the fabric making sure that the outside edge of your leggings is on the folded edge of your fabric. Make sure that the material is still laying flat.
This step requires you to cut your leggings out. Personally, I would recommend that you pin the pants that you are using as a pattern down and then use a fabric chalk to draw where you are planning on cutting making sure that you have left several centimeters on each side for sewing allowance. This way you don’t lose the shape that you’re going for and don’t accidentally cut your old pants.
Pin the front and the back part of your leggings together (make sure they’re still inside out) and sew along the outside and the inside of the leg (as shown on the picture).
Now it’s time to sew them up! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew them by hand it’ll just take longer to sew. Make sure to try them on to make sure that they fit right and then proceed to sew the two sides together. Trim off any extra fabric by making the seam closer to the center if you find that they are a bit loose.
Fold about an inch of your hem on the inside and sew along to give it a polished finish. If you find that you’re fabric tends to fray a bit, fold it first a half an inch, iron down and then fold over again and then sew to prevent fraying.
You’re almost finished! Time to add the elastic waistband. Take the elastic and measure around your waist and then cut the elastic a few inches shorter than what you need. It’s elastic so it will stretch and doesn’t need to be the same length as your waist.
This is actually an easier way to add elastic to a pair of leggings. In past projects I have taken the top and hemmed it down leaving an opening and then thread through the elastic. Trust me…it’s very time consuming and the elastic can get twisted or caught inside. Here instead you just sew the elastic around the inside edge of the top of the leggings, stretching it out a bit.
Once you’ve sewn the elastic band into the top part of your leggings, fold the sewn part over and resew the leggings to hide the elastic. Make sure that you don’t sew up the elastic in this step.
And that’s it! You’ve made it to the end and have managed to make your own leggings. Go ahead try them on and see how great the look on you since they were made specifically for you and your body not a cookie cutter pair purchased from a store.
Don’t they look great? After reading this tutorial, I am so ready to hit Joann’s Fabrics for some really cute stretchy fabric. Wouldn’t it be great to find some up to the minute literal animal print fabric with sparrows or possible some galaxy print fabric? The possibilities are endless!