I signed my little girl up to play T-ball this fall. (It’s a pretty neat set-up, we have the practices and the games on Saturday mornings one right after the other, couldn’t be more convenient!) She is the only girl on her team and the uniforms couldn’t be any more sad looking, just a blue t-shirt with the league logo.
And of course, I wrote a tutorial in case you wanted to make some too! (Including a 3t and 5/6 printable pattern. The link is below, under materials needed.)
*update* June 5, 2014: There is a new pattern for these capris. The pattern now comes in sizes 3 to 8 and include cut marks for shorts and full length leggings. (the pattern is here: Free Legging pattern.)
The tutorial below is still helpful because it shows you have to create a flounce pattern and how to create and sew a legging pattern if you need a size other than 3 to 8.)
Get the free pattern and full tutorial after the jump!
Materials needed to make Flounced Leggings: Go here for the new multi sized pattern.)
- +/- 3/4 yard of stretch knit fabric (more or less depending on size and length you make)
- Ball point needle
- 3/4 inch elastic
- legging pattern or a pair of leggings to trace
- paper to trace on
- scissors, ruler, fabric marker, pen
*** Important pattern printing tip*** When printing the patterns, do not print directly from Google docs. Download the pattern to your computer and open it in your adobe acrobat reader. Choose actual size and the landscape option. (I just printed a pattern directly off Google docs and notice it printed slightly smaller.)
1b. Making the flounce pattern.
Decide how long you want your flounce. (Mine is 2.5 inches) On your legging pattern, (the step is the same whether you make full or capri length) measure from the bottom, the length of the flounce measurement. Mark this measurement on your pattern.
Fold the legging pattern under at the mark you made and re-draw the bottom of your legging pattern onto a new piece of paper.
Cut this new piece out. Use your ruler to draw lines along this pattern piece 1/2 inch apart as shown below.
Cut along the lines and spread the pattern piece out in a circle shape. Lightly tape in place.
Draw along the pattern piece as shown below, adding in 1/4 inch at the bottom. Remove the taped pieces and cut out your new flounce pattern.
Cut 4 flounce pieces. (Don’t cut the flounce on the fold, it has 1/4 inch seam allowances built in to the pattern.)
To attach the flounce to the bottom of the legging, line up the top of the flounce with the bottom of the legging, right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin the flounce to the bottom of the legging. I recommend pinning from the inside. It is much easier to sew this step from the inside.
Sew the flounce to the bottom of the legging using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Remove the pins as you sew. Repeat the steps above for the second leg.
Step 5: Creating the casing. (If you are interested in a different way of adding elastic, Check out the method I used in my fleece pajama bottoms tutorial. – I sewed the elastic directly on the waistband.)
Fold the top edge over 1 inch and iron flat. (It is unnecessary to serge or finish the top edge of the legging – I had done it before I realized it…)
Sew along the fabric edge, about 1/8th from the edge. Leave about a 1.5 inch opening for the elastic. Cut a piece of elastic to the wearer’s waist measurement, minus 1 inch.
Thread the elastic through the casing.
Connect the edges of the elastic using a tight, wide zig zag stitch and sew the opening closed.
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions…
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